Popular social studies textbooks include "World History: Ancient Civilizations through the Renaissance" and "United States History" by the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. For adults, a few popular social studies books are "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" and "The Communist Manifesto," which are commonly used in high school and college courses as additional resources.
Popular traditional textbooks for learning any subcategory of social studies are primarily published by the companies Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and McGraw-Hill. Both companies offer color textbooks for various grade and reading levels, as well as online content that reinforces the lessons within. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt history books have a relationship with The History Channel to provide additional links to produced videos and audio that appear on their channel, as well as worksheets and quizzes to reinforce the videos and audio.
Many social studies courses also have students read additional nonfiction books to supplement a lesson or theme. Barnes & Noble has many of these books available in their history, psychology, sociology and other social science sections. These books depend on the subject and preference of the teacher, but they typically focus on a certain aspect of the lesson begin taught For example, many modern history courses encourage reading "Night" by Elie Wiesel, which focuses on the concentration camps and treatment of the Jewish people during World War II from a first-person perspective.