Monday, July 1, 2013

Landmark Books in Chronological Order (at least the best I could!)



Teaching history chronologically? Wanting to learn more details about the life of an inventor or reformer? Why not add some living books, real books about real events and real people, to your study?

I compiled this chronological listing of Landmark books for two reasons. First, we have always intertwined the teaching of American and world history, reading a piece of historical fiction or biography and posting a representative picture on our time line which stretches the length of our hallway. Most recently, however, we joined a small living history co-op which teaches world history chronologically, focusing on a specific time period each year. We were curious if any of the books we had on our shelves would fit into our upcoming school year. We thought of our Landmark books.


Having a shelf full of Landmark books, I decided to arrange them chronologically (as best I could) so we can research and read from the time period which we will be studying. For those children in my family who prefer the “this looks interesting” method of learning, this chronological listing will be used as reference, should he or she try to place a specific event or person on our family timeline. 


to 467 AD                               Ancient Civilizations                         The World

Book Number
Title
Author
W1
The First Men In the World
Anne Terry White
11
Prehistoric America
Anne Terry White
W59
Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt
Elizabeth Payne
W40
Adventures of Ulysses
Gerald Gottlieb
W18
The Exploits of Xenophon
Geoffrey Household
W2
Alexander the Great
John Gunther
W43
Julius Caesar
John Gunther
W50
Cleopatra of Egypt
Leonora Hornblow
W42
Jesus of Nazareth
Harry Emerson Fosdick
W53
The Life of Saint Paul
Harry Emerson Fosdick


467 - 1453                            Middle Ages                                    The World

Book Number
Title
Author
W17
The Life of Saint Patrick 
Quentin Reynolds
W5
King Arthur and His Knights
Mabel Louise Robinson
W41
William the Conqueror 
Thomas B. Costain
W11
The Crusades 
Anthony West
W12
Genghis Khan and the Mongol
Harold Lamb
W26
The Magna Charta 
James Daugherty
W3
Adventures and Discoveries of Marco Polo
(see also Age of Exploration and Discovery)
Richard Walsh
W4
Joan of Arc
Nancy Wilson Ross
W30
The Fall of Constantinople 
Bernadine Kielty

1400 - 1600                 Renaissance and Reformation         The World

Book Number
Title
Author
W27
Leonardo da Vinci
Emily Hahn
W23
Martin Luther
Harry Emerson Fosdick
W6
Mary, Queen of Scots
Emily Hahn

1200 - 1750        The Age of Exploration and Discovery         The World

Book Number
Title
Author
W3
Adventures and Discoveries of Marco Polo
Richard Walsh
12
The Vikings 
Elizabeth Janeway
1
The Voyages of Christopher Columbus
Armstrong Sperry
W25
Balboa: Swordsman Conquistador
Felix Riesenberg
W31
Ferdinand Magellan: Master Mariner
Seymour Gates Pond
W45
Captain Cortes Conquers Mexico
William Johnson
W13
Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada
Francis Winwar
W54
The Voyages of Henry Hudson
Eugene Rachlis
W21
Will Shakespeare and the Globe Theater
Anne Terry White
W36
Exploring the Himalaya
William O. Douglas
3
Pocahontas and Captain John Smith 
Marie Lawson
W44
The Story of Australia
A. Grove Day
W39
Chief of the Cossacks
Harold Lamb
W38
The Flight and Adventures of Charles II
Charles Norman
31
The Barbary Pirates 
C. S. Forester
W35
Famous Pirates of the New World
A. B. C. Whipple
17
The Explorations of Pere Marquette 
Jim Kjelgaard
W19
Captain Cook Explores the South Seas
Armstrong Sperry

1500 - 1763          Colonial America         The United States

Book Number
Title
Author
W58
Walter Raleigh
Henrietta Buckmaster
3
Pocahontas and Captain John Smith
Marie Lawson
2
The Landing of the Pilgrims
James Daugherty
115
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies
Clifford Lindsey Alderman
43
Peter Stuyvesant of Old New York
Anne Erskine
98
William Penn: Quaker Hero
Hildegarde Dolson
122
The Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd
A. B. C.Whipple
69
The Witchcraft of Salem Village
Shirley Jackson
W24
Hudson's Bay Company
Richard Morenus 
52
The Mississippi Bubble 
Thomas B. Costain

1700 - 1850   Enlightenment, Revolution and Independence   The World

Book Number
Title
Author
28
Ben Franklin and Old Philadelphia
Margaret Cousin
W29
Catherine the Great
Katherine Scherman
71
George Washington, Frontier Colonel
Sterling North
4
Paul Revere and the Minute Men
Dorothy Canfield Fisher
66
Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys
Slater Brown
W15
The Slave Who Freed Haiti: The Story of Toussaint Louverture
Katerine Scherman
36
Thomas Jefferson, Father of Democracy
Vincent Sheean
39
John Paul Jones, Fighting Sailor
Armstrong Sperry
26
Betsy Ross and the Flag
Jane Mayer
63
Rogers’ Rangers and the French and Indian War
Bradford Smith
W20
Marie Antoinette
Bernadine Kielty
74
Evangeline and the Acadians
Robert Tallant
W34
The Marquis de Lafayette: Bright Sword of Freedom
Hodding Carter
90
The Swamp Fox of the Revolution
Stewart H. Holbrook
83
The American Revolution
Bruce Bliven
33
The Winter at Valley Forge
Van Wyck Mason
5
Our Independence and the Constitution
Dorothy Canfield Fisher
W14
Simon Bolivar, the Great Liberator
Arnold Whitridge
W55
Hero of Trafalgar
A. B. C. Whipple
W7
Napoleon and the Battle of Waterloo
Frances Winwar
W16
The Story of Scotland Yard
Laurence Thompson

1783 - 1850    Post-Revolution and the New Nation    The United States

Book Number
Title
Author
47
Dolly Madison
Jane Mayer
48
John James Audubon
Margaret and John Kieran
51
Old Ironsides, the Fighting Constitution
Harry Hansen
W28
General Brock and Niagara Falls
Samuel Hopkins Adams
85
Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
Anna Erskine
19
The Pirate Lafitte and The Battle of New Orleans
Robert Tallant
34
The Erie Canal
Samuel Hopkins Adams
45
Robert Fulton and the Steamboat
Ralph Nading Hill
22
Clipper Ship Days 
John Jennings

1787 - 1900             Westward Expansion                The United States

Book Number
Title
Author
21
Daniel Boone
John Mason Brown
24
The Louisiana Purchase
Robert Tallant
15
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Richard L. Neuberger
65
Sequoyah, Leader of the Cherokees
Alice Marriott
50
War Chief of the Seminoles
Mary McNeer
64
The Greatest Showman: The Life of P.T. Barnum
Joe Bryan III
67
Davy Crockett
Stewart H. Holbrook
32
Sam Houston, the Tallest Texan
William Johnson
79
Remember the Alamo!
Robert Penn Warren
72
The Texas Rangers
Will Henry
76
Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!
Stanley Young
29
Trapper and Traders of the Far West
James Daugherty
91
Heroines of the Early West
Nancy Wilson Ross
53
Kit Carson and the Wild Frontier
Ralph Moody
13
The Santa Fe Trail
Samuel Hopkins Adams
113
Young Mark Twain and the Mississippi
Harnett T. Kane
25
Wild Bill Hickok Tames the Wild West
Stewart H. Holbrook
42
The Pioneers Go West to California by Covered Wagon
George R. Stewart
37
The Coming of the Mormons
Jim Kjelgaard
67
Wyatt Earp, U.S. Marshall
Stewart H Holbrook
6
The California Gold Rush
May McNeer
40
The First Overland Mail
Robert Pinkerton
7
The Pony Express
Samuel Hopkins Adams
93
The Golden Age of Railroads 
Stewart H. Holbrook
81
Geronimo: Wolf of the Warpath
Ralph Moody
20
Custer’s Last Stand
Quentin Reynolds
60
Up the Trail from Texas
J. Frank Dobie
73
Buffalo Bill’s Great Wild West Show 
Walter Havighurst
92
The Alaska Gold Rush 
May McNeer


1861 - 1865                       The Civil War                 The United States

Book Number
Title
Author
61
Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House
Sterling North
54
Robert E. Lee and the Road to Honor
Hodding Carter
86
Stonewall Jackson
Jonathan Daniels
58
Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross
Helen Boylston
44
Lincoln and Douglas: The Years of Decision
Regina Z. Kelly
16
The Monitor and the Merrimac
Fletcher Pratt
23
Gettysburg
MacKinlay Kantor
8
Lee and Grant at Appomattox
MacKinlay Kantor


1837 - 1900           The Victorian Era and Imperialism         The World

Book Number
Title
Author
56
Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan
Ferdinanad Kuhn
W37
Queen Victoria
Noel Streatfeild
W46
Florence Nightingale
Ruth Fox Hume
W22
The French Foreign Legion
Wyatt Blassingame
W32
Garibaldi: Father of Modern Italy
Marcia Davenport


1820 - 1900    Industrialization and Innovation         The United States

Book Number
Title
Author
93
The Golden Age of Railroads 
Stewart H. Holbrook
80
Andrew Carnegie and the Age of Steel 
Katherine B. Shippen
88
The First Transatlantic Cable 
Adele Gutman Nathan
30
Mr. Bell Invents the Telephone 
Katherine B. Shippen
9
The Building of the First Transcontinental Railroad 
Adele Gutman Nathan
109
Disaster at Johnstown, the Great Flood 
Hildegarde Dolson


1880 - 1920   Around the World at the Turn of the Century   The World

Book Number
Title
Author
41
Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders 
Henry Castor
68
The Early Days of the Automobiles
Elizabeth Janeway
38
George Washington Carver, the Story of a Great American
Anne Terry White
75
The Story of the Secret Service 
Ferdinand Kuhn
W9
The Man Who Changed China: The Story of Sun Yat-sen
Pearl S. Buck
10
The Wright Brothers
Quentin Reynolds
110
The Story of Alva Edison
Margaret Cousins
18
The Panama Canal
Bob Considine
59
The Story of San Francisco
Charlotte Jackson
27
The Conquest of the North and South Poles
Russell Owen


1914 - 1945          World War I to World War II         The United States

Book Number
Title
Author
52
The Mississippi Bubble 
Thomas B. Costain
W60
Flying Aces of World War I 
Gene Gurney
W8
Royal Canadian Mounted Police 
Richard L Neuberger
W33
The Story of Albert Schweitzer 
Anita Daniel
100
The Story of Oklahoma 
Lon Tinkle
78
The Doctors Who Conquered Yellow Fever 
Ralph Nading Hill
W47
The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler 
William L. Shirer
103
The Seabees of World War II 
Edmund Castillo
116
Combat Nurses of World War II 
Wyatt Blassingame
120
Medical Corps Heroes of World War II
Wyatt Blassingame
106
The U. S. Frogmen of World War II 
Wyatt Blassingame
W61
Commandos of World War II 
Hodding Carter
W10
The Battle of Britain 
Quentin Reynolds
87
The Battle for the Atlantic 
Jay Williams
W51
The Sinking of the Bismarck 
William L. Shirer
94
From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa 
William L. Shirer
105
The Flying Tigers 
John Toland
35
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo 
Captain Ted Lawson
55
Guadalcanal Diary 
Richard Tregaskis
119
Midway, Battle for the Pacific 
Richard Tregaskis
99
John F. Kennedy and PT 109 
Richard Tregaskis
112
From Casablanca to Berlin 
Bruce Blevin, Jr.
114
The Battle of the Bulge 
John Toland
62
The Story of D-Day: June 6, 1944 
Bruce Bliven, Jr.
118
The Battle for Iwo Jima 
Robert Leckie


1947 - 1991     The Cold War and Space Exploration         The World

Book Number
Title
Author
W48
The Story of Atomic Energy 
Laura Fermi
W57
The War of Korea: 1950 - 1953 
Robert Leckie
108
Dwight D. Eisenhower 
Malcom Moos
101
Americans into Orbit: The Story of Project Mercury 
Gene Gurney
117
Walk in Space: The Story of Project Gemini 
Gene Gurney

Please note: Historical eras and dates are debated, even documented and titled differently dependent on the source.  I did my best to list the books in the best chronological sequence possible based on the time frame and content of the book, which often spans many years. This listing is a guide and parents are encouraged to read the literature they intend to hand to their children.

Why do the names associated with eras differ? Why are certain eras labeled differently by different sources? What do different sources pinpoint a particular date as the starting or ending of an era? These are great questions to ponder and dialogue about with your children. Ask questions. Find answers together.


For children (or parents) curious about the military history of the United States, Landmark offers quite a selection. This list is not in chronological order.

1800 - Present                       The Armed Forces                       The World

Book Number
Title
Author
82
The Story of the Paratroops 
George Weller
14
The Story of the U. S. Marines 
George Hunt
70
The West Point Story 
Colonel Red Reeder
97
The Story of the U. S. Coast Guard 
Eugene Rachlis
84
The Story of the Naval Academy 
Felix Riesenberg, Jr.
102
The Story of Submarines 
George Weller
121
Flat-Tops: The Story of Aircraft Carriers
Edmund Castillo
89
The Story of the U.S. Air Force 
Robert Loomis
111
Medal of Honor Heroes 
Colonel Red Reeder
104
The U. S. Border Patrol 
Clement Hellyer
75
The Story of the Secret Service 
Ferdinand Kuhn

I hope this listing will be as helpful to you as it is for us, whether you study history chronologically or from a “this looks interesting” method. Enjoy these WONDERFUL literary treasures!





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