• 2019-2020 AP European History
    Teacher: Mr. John Willis



     AP European Summer Reading Assignment: 


    Your reading assignment for the summer is to choose a book from the list below and write a 3-4 page book review. If there is a book which interests you and is not on the list contact me.

    Your review of the book should include the following:


    1. At the top left of the page list the author’s last name, title of the book, and publication date. 
    2. A statement regarding the author: Who is/was he/she? 
    3. The range of the book, both topically and chronologically. What period in history does it cover? 
    4. Contribution of the book: Why was the book written? What is its place in the knowledge we have of the time period or event it is based on? What contribution has the book made to history and our understanding of it? 
    5. A summary of the contents of the book: This should be in your own words and will probably constitute the major part of the review This should be a discussion of the subject matter of the book. 
    • What was the book about? 
    • Who were the main characters? 
    • What did you find most interesting in the book? 
    • What did you learn from the book? 
    • Make a list of 3 quotes, and 3 interesting facts from the book. Cite exact page numbers.
    • How the ideas in the book connect to intellectual, cultural, social, political and/or economic issues in European history. 


    This assignment will be collected on the first day of school next year. It should be typed, printed and meet all MLA requirements (including a works cited). 


    1. Barbara W. Tuchman, ​A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century​
    2. William Manchester, ​A World Lit Only by Fire​
    3. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
    4. Richard S. Dunn’s The Age of Religious Wars, 1559-1715
    5. J.W. Burrow’s The Crisis of Reason: European Thought, 1848-1914
    6. Roland Bainton Here I Stand A Life of Martin Luther
    7. Brian Fagan The Little Ice Age : how climate made history 1300-1850 
    8. Andrew Roberts, ​Napoleon: A Life​
    9. Christopher Hibbert, ​The Days of the French Revolution
    10. Jared Diamond, ​Guns, Germs, and Steel
    11. Adam Hochschild, ​King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa​
    12. Jonathan Steinberg, Bismarck
    13. Alan Palmer, ​Bismarck
    14. Charles Emerson 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War
    15. Christopher Clark The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 
    16. Barbara W. Tuchman, ​The Guns of August ​
    17. Alan Palmer, ​The Kaiser​: ​Warlord of the Second Reich​
    18. Robert K. Massie, ​Nicholas and Alexandra
    19. John Keegan, ​The First World War
    20.  Margaret MacMillan Paris 1919: Six Months that Changes the World
    21. William L. Shirer, ​The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
    22. Edward Radzinsky, ​Stalin
    23. Martin Gilbert, ​The Holocaust: The Human Tragedy
    24. Martin Gilbert, ​Churchill: A Life
    25. William F. Buckley Jr., ​The Fall of the Berlin Wall