Summer Reading List for AP Social Studies
I. By the 1st day of class, students are required to have finished Kay Redfield Jamison’s
An Unquiet Mind. This book is related to Chapters I, II, XIII and XIV.
II. By the last class day of the 1st marking periods, students are required to have finished one
of the two books by Dr. Oliver Sacks- An Anthropologist on Mars or The Man Who
Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
I. As a prospective student in AP Government you need to make the following preparations
during the summer.
Analyzing the formal and informal elements of politics and government is the central
theme of this course. In order to prepare you for this you are to read either a weekly
news magazine or a daily newspaper (preferably a national newspaper) throughout the
summer in order stay current on what is happening in our government.
II. All students must read Hardball by Chris Mathews prior to the first day of school.
III. In addition to Hardball, students will read one book selected from the list below. A book
review is due, on the reading that you select.
A. Sabato: Feeding Frenzy
B. Phillips, K: Boiling Point, Decline of Middle Class Prosperity
C. Parenti, M: Inventing Reality
D. Dionne, E.J: Why Americans Hate Politics
E. Greider, W: Who will tell the People
F. Alterman, E: What Liberal Media
G. Briody, D: The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group
H. Lewis, C: The Buying of the President 2004
I. Woodward, B: Plan of Attack
AP U.S. History
I. Textbook: Students are required to use The American Pageant, The American People or any
pre-approved textbook. Students should complete the following assignments prior to the first
day of class.
A. Skim the text.
B. Read Chapters 1-7 (the first 154 pages in The American Pageant)
C. Read the Appendix, including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and
Presidential Election Materials.
D. Read pages XV-55 in After the Fact.
II. Choose any TWO of the following books to read. After you have completed the book,
students are required to complete two book reports. A written format will be accepted on
only ONE of the two required books, however, oral reports are preferred. The report should
be formatted on cassette, mini-cassette, CD, VHS or DVD “oral report”. The report should be
30 minutes long (60 minutes if two students report together). Students should also state any
sources used at the end of the oral report. Your report must address the following two
A. Prove to me that you read the book.
B. Critically relate the book to United States History
*Stowe, Harriet Beecher: Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Bernstein and Woodward: All the President’s Men
Brown, Dee: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
**DeTocqueville: Democracy in America
** Hamilton, Jay and Madison: The Federalist Papers
John Dos Passos: USA Trilogy
Malcolm X: The Autobiography of Malcolm X
*Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
Steffens, Lincoln: The Shame of Cities
**Michener, James: Chesapeake
**McDougal, Walter: Promised Land, Crusader State
**McDougal, Walter: Freedom Just Around the Corner
Jackson, Hunt: A Century of Dishonor
Bellamy, Edward: Looking Backward
George, Henry: Progress and Poverty
Twain and Warner: The Gilded Age
Dreiser, Theodore: An American Tragedy
Lewis, Sinclair: Babbitt
Friedan, Betty: The Feminine Mystique
Riesman, David: The Lonely Crowd