Don’t know much about history?

Then you’ve come to the right place (in more ways than one — two of our reference librarians majored in history). This week, in honor of Memorial Day, we’ve put together a list of materials that will familiarize you with some of the major armed conflicts in U.S. History.

REVOLUTIONARY WAR:

The Real History of the American Revolution: A New Look at the Past by Alan Axelrod

Fight for Freedom: The American Revolutionary War by Benson Bobrick

Liberty!: The American Revolution by Thomas Fleming

WAR OF 1812:

Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence by A.J. Langguth

1812: The War That Forged A Nation by Walter R. Borneman

MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR:

The Mexican War by David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler

Invading Mexico: America’s Continental Dream and the Mexican War, 1846-1848 by Joseph Wheelan

CIVIL WAR:

The American Civil War: A Hands-on History by Christopher J. Olsen

Shelby Foote, The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote

The American Heritage New History of the Civil War by Bruce Catton

The Civil War by Ken Burns

SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR:

The Spanish-American War by Kenneth E. Hendrickson

The Rough Riders: An Autobiography by Theodore Roosevelt

WORLD WAR I:

The First World War: A Complete History by Martin Gilbert

A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914-1918 by G.J. Meyer

The First World War by Hew Strachan

The First World War: The Complete Series by DD Video

WORLD WAR II:

The Story of World War II by Donald L. Miller

World War II: 4139 Strange and Fascinating Facts by Don McCombs and Fred L. Worth

The Greatest War: Americans in Combat, 1941-1945 by Gerald Astor

The War by Ken Burns

KOREAN WAR:

The Korean War by Max Hastings

The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam

VIETNAM WAR:

10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War by Phillip Caputo

The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War by David L. Anderson

Historical Atlas of the Vietnam War by Harry G. Summers, Jr.

PERSIAN GULF WAR:

War in the Gulf by Thomas B. Allen

The Gulf War by WGBH and BBC

IRAQ WAR:

The Iraq War by John Keegan

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks

Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq by Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor

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