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What are some highly rated books about the history of the U.S. economy?

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"Land of Promise" and "An Empire of Wealth" are highly rated books about the history of the American economy as of 2015, according to online reviews from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. "Land of Promise" scores most highly with reviewers on both websites.

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Written by Michael Lind, "Land of Promise" recounts America's economic history beginning with the Revolutionary War period and ending with the Great Recession in 2008. It is considered well-written and highly organized by most reviewers.

John Steele Gordon's "An Empire of Wealth" covers an earlier period of history, beginning in colonial times and covering economic history through Sept. 11, 2001. Reviewers were impressed with the explanations of statistics he included in his book, but some felt he didn't include enough details of the period directly after World War II.

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