Ten Recommendations for Understanding History

We were very pleased to host Walter Russell Mead of The American Interest at a Hamilton Society event last Thursday evening. Mead spoke to our DC Professional Chapter over dinner, recommending a list of good resources for thinking well about the interplay of history and contemporary politics:

1. Kissinger, Henry, A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-22 His list of ten books for recommended reading "for thinking well about the interplay of history and contemporary politics" is published online at The American Interest:

2. Ibid, Diplomacy

3. Churchill, Winston, A History of the English Speaking Peoples 

4. Ibid, Marlborough: His Life and Times (and Vol. 2 here)

5. Carlyle, Thomas, The French Revolution: A History 

6. Macaulay, Thomas Babington, The History of England: From the Accession of King James

7. Chernow, Ron, Washington: A Life

8. Ibid, Alexander Hamilton 

9. Hackett Fischer, David, Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America

10. Ibid, Washington’s Crossing