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Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood: The Rise and Fall of Byzantium, 955 A.D. to the First Crusade
Anthony Kaldellis
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Pershing's Crusaders: The American Soldier in World War I
Richard S Faulkner
The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution
Michael J. Klarman
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Martin Brecht
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Why We Fight: Congress and the Politics of World War II - Nancy Beck Young

Most books about the U.S. government in World War II focus on the executive branch, which is understandable given the president's role as commander-in-chief. By contrast, Nancy Beck Young addresses the role Congress played during the war, arguing that the legislation passed during this period was critical in both narrowing and preserving the New Deal legacy. In this respect, the battles over taxation and social justice helped set the parameters on these issues that successive Congresses would follow well into the 1970s, demonstrating a legacy far in excess of its overlooked reputation. Her arguments, and the evidence she marshals in support of them, make this a valuable book that should be read by anyone interested in modern American history.