BLGM's mission is to promote a love of books and reading to all by offering advice and information needed to help our visitors to find their next favorite book.

Best Political History Books That You Need

Here is a list of the best Political History books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. A People’s History of the United States (2015)

Best Political History Books That You Need“A wonderful, splendid book–a book that should be ready by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.” –Howard FastWith a new introduction by Anthony Arnove, this edition of the classic national bestseller chronicles American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official narrative taught in schools—with its emphasis on great men in high places—to focus on the street, the home and the workplace.Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A…
Author(s): Howard Zinn

2. History of Political Philosophy (1987)

Best Political History Books That You NeedThis volume provides an unequaled introduction to the thought of chief contributors to the Western tradition of political philosophy from classical Greek antiquity to the twentieth century. Written by specialists on the various philosophers, this third edition has been expanded significantly to include both new and revised essays….
Author(s): Leo Strauss, Joseph Cropsey

3. American Political History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2015)

Best Political History Books That You NeedThe Founding Fathers who drafted the United States Constitution in 1787 distrusted political parties, popular democracy, centralized government, and a strong executive office. Yet the country’s national politics have historically included all those features. In American Political History: A Very Short Introduction, Donald Critchlow takes on this contradiction between original theory and actual practice. This brief, accessible book explores the nature of the two-party system, key turning points in American political history, representative presidential and congressional elections, struggles to expand the…
Author(s): Donald T. Critchlow

4. American History: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About… (2018)

Best Political History Books That You NeedFrom the founding of the United States of America government to the present-day challenges, this clearly explained text is a perfect guide for anyone who wants to be knowledgeable about the history of America and its democracy. As it goes through the sequence of the events of the past, it provides readers with the analysis necessary to make them more engaged and appreciative participants in the American future.This book was designed for those who want to develop a better understanding of America’s founding, economic and cultural growth, the political and social…
Author(s): Sterling Education

5. A Political History of the USA: One Nation Under God (2009)

Best Political History Books That You NeedA fresh and engaging account of America’s history from European contact to the election of Barack Obama. Bruce Kuklick’s straightforward yet authoritative narrative, provides a clear and concise way through the complexities of American history without oversimplifying or assuming prior knowledge. The book places politics in the context of religious culture and tries to account for the assertive expansion at the heart of the development of the U.S. Supported by wide-ranging examples, extracts from primary sources, maps, photos and…
Author(s): Bruce Kuklick

6. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (2012)

Best Political History Books That You NeedParticularly relevant in understanding who voted for who in this presidential election year, this is an endlessly fascinating look at American regionalism and the eleven “nations” that continue to shape North AmericaAccording to award-winning journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven distinct nations, each with its own unique historical roots. In American Nations he takes readers on a journey through the history of our fractured continent, offering a revolutionary and revelatory take on American identity, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and continue to mold our…
Author(s): Colin Woodard

7. Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History (2017)

Best Political History Books That You NeedRevised and updated throughout, the fourth edition of Ancient Greece presents the political, social, cultural, and economic history and civilization of ancient Greece in all its complexity and variety. Written by six leading authorities on the classical world, this captivating study covers the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era.FEATURES* Uniquely in-depth coverage of social and cultural topics including women and family life, material culture, religion, law, homosexuality, slavery, athletics, and life in the countryside* Excerpts from ancient documents, selective…
Author(s): Sarah B. Pomeroy , Stanley M. Burstein, et al.

8. American History: US History: An Overview of the Most Important People & Events. The History of United States: From Indians to Contemporary History of America (2016)

Best Political History Books That You NeedThis NEW edition includes From Colonization to the Space Race, this is the history of America’s successes and failures.It’s a story filled with strength and resilience, triumph and defeat, prosperity and poverty. Learn how a little settlement of a few hundred colonists grew to be one of the most powerful nations the world has ever seenWith American History: US History: An Overview of the Most Important People & Events. The History of United States: From Indians to Contemporary History of America, 5th Edition you’ll discover the people and events…
Author(s): William D. Willis

9. Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics) (2012)

Best Political History Books That You NeedAfghanistan traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today. Thomas Barfield introduces readers to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic groups in Afghanistan, explaining what unites them as Afghans despite the regional, cultural, and political differences that divide them. He shows how governing these peoples was relatively easy when power was concentrated in a small dynastic elite, but how this delicate political order broke down in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when…
Author(s): Thomas Barfield

10. A People’s History of American Empire: The American Empire Project, A Graphic Adaptation (2008)

Best Political History Books That You NeedSince its landmark publication in 1980, A People’s History of the United States has had six new editions, sold more than 1.7 million copies, become required classroom reading throughout the country, and been turned into an acclaimed play. More than a successful book, A People’s History triggered a revolution in the way history is told, displacing the official versions with their emphasis on great men in high places to chronicle events as they were lived, from the bottom up.Now Howard Zinn, historian Paul Buhle, and cartoonist Mike Konopacki have collaborated to retell, in vibrant comics form, a most…
Author(s): Howard Zinn , Mike Konopacki, et al.

11. Pain: A Political History (2015)

Best Political History Books That You NeedIn this history of American political culture, Keith Wailoo examines how pain has defined the line between liberals and conservatives from just after World War II to the present. From disabling pain to end-of-life pain to fetal pain, the battle over whose pain is real and who deserves relief has created stark ideological divisions at the bedside, in politics, and in the courts.Beginning with the return of soldiers after World War II and fierce medical and political disagreements about whether pain constitutes a true disability, Wailoo explores the 1960s…
Author(s): Keith Wailoo

12. A History of Chinese Political Thought (2017)

Best Political History Books That You NeedChina’s rapid rise as a regional and global power is one of the most important political developments of the twenty-first century. Yet the West still largely overlooks or oversimplifies the complex ideas and ideals that have shaped the country’s national and international transformation from antiquity to the present day. In this beautifully written introductory text, Youngmin Kim offers a uniquely incisive survey of the major themes in Chinese political thought from customary community to empire, exploring their theoretical importance and the different historical contexts in which they arose. Challenging…
Author(s): Youngmin Kim

13. Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History, 3rd Edition (2011)

Best Political History Books That You NeedRevised and updated throughout, the third edition of Ancient Greece presents the political, social, cultural, and economic history and civilization of ancient Greece in all its complexity and variety. Written by five leading authorities on the classical world, this captivating study covers the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era.FEATURES* New! Extensively revised coverage of early Greece by new coauthor David Tandy* New! A revised art program that includes two eight-page color inserts (one new to this edition), 180 black-and-white photos and line drawings, and…
Author(s): Sarah B. Pomeroy , Stanley M. Burstein, et al.

14. Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy (2015)

Best Political History Books That You NeedWriting in The Wall Street Journal, David Gress called Francis Fukuyama’s Origins of Political Order “magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition.” In The New York Times Book Review, Michael Lind described the book as “a major achievement by one of the leading public intellectuals of our time.” And in The Washington Post, Gerard DeGrott exclaimed “this is a book that will be remembered. Bring on volume two.” Volume two is finally here, completing the most important work of political thought in at least a generation. Taking up the essential question of…
Author(s): Francis Fukuyama

15. Ancient Greece: A Political, Social and Cultural History, 2nd Edition (2007)

Best Political History Books That You NeedWritten by four leading authorities on the classical world, Ancient Greece, Second Edition, introduces students to the history and civilization of ancient Greece in all its complexity and variety. A comprehensive history, this captivating study covers the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era, integrating the most recent research in archaeology, comparative anthropology, and social history with a traditional yet lively narrative of political, military, cultural, economic, and diplomatic history. Using physical evidence from archaeology, the written…
Author(s): Sarah B. Pomeroy , Stanley M. Burstein, et al.

Best Political History Books That You Need

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some political history books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Japanese Political History Since the Meiji Restoration, 1868-2000

Author(s): Richard Sims
Publisher: C. Hurst & Co. Publishers Ltd, Year: March 29, 2001, Size: 41 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 918150

Japanese Political History Since the Meiji Restoration, 1868-2000.

Author(s): Richard Sims
Publisher: C. Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd, Year: March 29, 2001, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 918167

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Political Theology, Second Edition

Author(s): William T. Cavanaugh, Peter Manley Scott
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2347581

Not Quite Hope and Other Political Emotions in the Gilded Age

Author(s): Nathan Wolff
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2353131

Enlightenment in Scotland and France : studies in political thought

Author(s): Hulliung, Mark
Publisher: Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2366183

American Abolitionism: Its Direct Political Impact from Colonial Times Into Reconstruction

Author(s): Stanley Harrold
Publisher: University of Virginia Press, Year: 2019, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2367273

Reactionary Nationalists, Fascists and Dictatorships in the Twentieth Century: Against Democracy

Author(s): Ismael Saz, Zira Box, Toni Morant, Julián Sanz
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2392598

Historical Perspectives on Democracies and their Adversaries

Author(s): Joost Augusteijn, Constant Hijzen, de Vries, Mark Leon
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2395573

From Urban Legends to Political Fact-Checking: Online Scrutiny in America, 1990–2015

Author(s): William Aspray, James W. Cortada
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2396822

The Political History of Muslim Bengal: An Unfinished Battle of Faith

Author(s): Mahmudur Rahman
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 16 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2400635

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

Affiliate Disclaimer: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Leave a Reply