Books That Shaped America


The Library of Congress List

  1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)
  2. Alcoholics Anonymous by anonymous (1939)
  3. American Cookery by Amelia Simmons (1796)
  4. The American Woman’s Home by Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe (1869)
  5. And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts (1987)
  6. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1957)
  7. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley (1965)
  8. Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987)
  9. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown (1970)
  10. The Call of the Wild by Jack London (1903)
  11. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (1957)
  12. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)
  13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951)
  14. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (1952)
  15. Common Sense by Thomas Paine (1776)
  16. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Benjamin Spock (1946)
  17. Cosmos by Carl Sagan (1980)
  18. A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible by anonymous (1788)
  19. The Double Helix by James D. Watson (1968)
  20. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams (1907)
  21. Experiments and Observations on Electricity by Benjamin Franklin (1751)
  22. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)
  23. Family Limitation by Margaret Sanger (1914)
  24. The Federalist by anonymous (1787)
  25. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan (1963)
  26. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963)
  27. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway (1940)
  28. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936)
  29. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)
  30. A Grammatical Institute of the English Language by Noah Webster (1783)
  31. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)
  32. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  33. Harriet, the Moses of Her People by Sarah H. Bradford (1901)
  34. The History of Standard Oil by Ida Tarbell (1904)
  35. History of the Expedition Under the Command of the Captains Lewis and Clark by Meriwether Lewis (1814)
  36. How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis (1890)
  37. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (1936)
  38. Howl by Allen Ginsberg (1956)
  39. The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill (1946)
  40. Idaho: A Guide in Word and Pictures by Federal Writers’ Project (1937)
  41. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1966)
  42. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952)
  43. Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer (1931)
  44. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (1906)
  45. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1855)
  46. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (1820)
  47. Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy by Louisa May Alcott (1868)
  48. Mark, the Match Boy by Horatio Alger Jr. (1869)
  49. McGuffey’s Newly Revised Eclectic Primer by William Holmes McGuffey (1836)
  50. Moby-Dick; or The Whale by Herman Melville (1851)
  51. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass (1845)
  52. Native Son by Richard Wright (1940)
  53. New England Primer by anonymous (1803)
  54. New Hampshire by Robert Frost (1923)
  55. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)
  56. Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (1971)
  57. Our Town: A Play by Thornton Wilder (1938)
  58. Peter Parley’s Universal History by Samuel Goodrich (1837)
  59. Poems by Emily Dickinson (1890)
  60. Poor Richard Improved and The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin (1758)
  61. Pragmatism by William James (1907)
  62. The Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin, LL.D. by Benjamin Franklin (1793)
  63. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (1895)
  64. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett (1929)
  65. Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey (1912)
  66. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)
  67. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male by Alfred C. Kinsey (1948)
  68. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (1962)
  69. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)
  70. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (1903)
  71. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (1929)
  72. Spring and All by William Carlos Williams (1923)
  73. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein (1961)
  74. A Street in Bronzeville by Gwendolyn Brooks (1945)
  75. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (1947)
  76. A Survey of the Roads of the United States of America by Christopher Colles (1789)
  77. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1914)
  78. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
  79. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)
  80. A Treasury of American Folklore by Benjamin A. Botkin (1944)
  81. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (1943)
  82. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)
  83. Unsafe at Any Speed by Ralph Nader (1965)
  84. Walden; or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau (1854)
  85. The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes (1925)
  86. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963)
  87. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900)
  88. The Words of Cesar Chavez by Cesar Chavez (2002)

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