Best AP US History Textbook: The American Pageant, 16th Edition. Amazon Price: $130 for hardcover, $70 for eTextbook. As we covered in our review of the best AP US History textbooks, The American Pageant is far and away the most popular APUSH textbook.
Known for its attention to AP themes and content, the new edition features a new nine part structure closely aligned with the chronology of the new AP U.S. History course, an expanded documents program, and a wealth of supporting resources that give teachers and students the tools they need to master the course and the new exam.
What's more, The American Pageant reads more like a novel than it does a textbook, so many students find it more engaging than your usual US history class readings. (That said, if you want a more straightforward textbook, check out our textbook review post and also keep reading for our thoughts on APUSH prep books.)
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