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APUSH Summer Reading

The summer assignment is modified from my extra credit assignment throughout the year.  Over the course of the summer pick one book to read from the list below. During the first 9 weeks every student should schedule a conference with Mr. Cato to discuss the details of the book as well as be able to answer questions that Mr. Cato has about the book. Mr. Cato will be able to determine from the conference whether or not the student has read the book so this is a pass/fail assignment. If a student reads a Tier One book they will get a 100 for a homework grade. If a student reads a Tier Two book they will get a 100 for a Quiz grade. If a student reads a Tier Three book they will get a 100 for a Classwork/Homework, Quiz, and Test grade. Finally, if a student reads a Tier Four book they will get a 100 for a Quiz and Test grade, and they will get their lowest quiz and test grade from the first 9 weeks replaced with a 100. Failure to read any book will result in a Zero for a quiz grade during the first 9 weeks. If you read more than one book then you can schedule additional conferences to receive extra credit based on Mr. Cato’s extra credit policy that can be found under the Extra Credit and Reading List tab.

*Disclaimer about Tier One book A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo: This is an honest memoir by a Vietnam veteran. He tells of his experience which was similar to the experiences that many veterans who served in Vietnam shared. American History is not always PG and this book is rated R so if you do not feel like this is appropriate for you then please pick a different summer reading book. This is considered a classic Vietnam memoir and this is a college level course so I wanted to offer it to students who want to read a summer reading book about Vietnam. No single book below is mandatory. Choose the one that you feel is most appropriate for you. Ask Mr. Cato if you have any questions. 

Tier One Books (100 for a Classwork/Homework Grade)

1) The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson (Gilded Age/Urbanization)

2) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Native Americans/Early 20th Century Oil Boom)

3) Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose (World War II ETO)

4) A Higher Call by Adam Makos (World War II ETO)

5) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (World War II PTO)

6) On Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides (Korean War)

7) *A Rumor of War: The Classic Vietnam Memoir* by Philip Caputo (Vietnam)


Tier Two Books (100 for a Quiz grade)

1) Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick (New England Colonization)

2) Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis (Early Republic)

3) Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard (Gilded Age Politics/Garfield Assassination)

4) The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (Early 1900s/Innovation)

5) Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (World War I/Unrestricted Submarine Warfare)

6) The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (Dust Bowl/Great Depression)

7) The Arsenal of Democracy by A.J. Baime (Industrialization/WWII Home Front)

8) Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides (World War II PTO)

9) Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides (Civil Rights/Assassination of MLK)


Tier Three Books (100 for a Classwork/Homework, Quiz, and Test Grade)

1) Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson (Colonial Period/Revolution)

2) The Art of Power by Jon Meacham (Thomas Jefferson)

3) Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose (Lewis and Clark Expedition)

4) American Lion by Jon Meacham (Age of Jackson)

5) Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight (Abolitionism/19th Century Civil Rights)

6) The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin (TR & Taft's Presidency/Progressivism)

7) The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (The Great Migration)

8) Masters of the Air by Donald Miller (European Air War during WWII)

9) No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt - The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin (WWII Homefront)

10) Reagan: The Life by H.W. Brands (20th Century/Growth of Modern Conservatism)

11) Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meacham (Late 20th Century)


Tier Four Books (100 for a Quiz and Test grade plus I will change your lowest Quiz AND Test grade to a 100)

1) Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (Revolution/Early Republic)

2) Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (Revolution/Early Republic)

3) Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Civil War)

4) Grant by Ron Chernow (Civil War/Reconstruction)

5) Truman by David McCullough (Early 20th Century/Post-WWII Politics)

6) The Fifties by David Halberstam (1950s)