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Why So Many Books?

 
Fall Semester 2016

Winter Intersession 2017

Spring Semester 2017

Summer Session 2016

How To Use the Course Books

Where To Find Your Books
 
   

 

Considering the Kindle and the Nook (Nook Reader Reborn)
Find information here on the rebirth of the Nook on a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, at a very reasonable price.

It is not necessary to own a Kindle or a Nook in order to read a Kindle or Nook eBook. 

Free software from Amazon and Barnes & Noble allows you to read these titles on a number of electronic devices, including your laptop or desktop computer, iPods, tablets, and Smartphones.  Click on the images below for more information:

WHY USE A KINDLE EDITION?
It all depends on the tablet and/or phone that you use to read an eBook.  If you read a Kindle edition on an Amazon Kindle reader, you can touch a word, name, or title of an event and bring up both a definition and/or any page at Wikipedia on that person or event.  Hopefully this will not be a page that has been tampered with by a misinformation team at the CIA or NSA!  This will probably not be the case for readings in History 140 or 150, but you never know with the readings for History 141 and 151.

The Kindle software also allows one to highlight text and then bring up only those highlighted segments on your reader. 

I have not personally used a new Samsung/Nook or eBooks on the iPad, but I imagine that these tablets have similar advantages.

 

Fall Semester 2016

 History of Latin America
History 150 
History of the Americas
History 140
History 141


For information on each book, click on the title
.

History 150 - History of Latin America Through Independence  -  Class # 72293

It is not necessary to read every chapter of every book on this list. 

Copies of all books for the course are available through the Instructor Reserve section of the Palomar College Library.

Used copies and rental copies of these books are also available through the Palomar College Bookstore.

These readings will be much more interesting than those available in textbooks on this subject.

The Following Books Are Required
  2 of the required books for this class are available in an Amazon Kindle edition.
  Mark Burkholder and Lyman Johnson.  Colonial Latin America.  7th edition.  Oxford University Press.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0195386059.
This is a supplement to the other course books.  It will not be necessary to read the entire book.
DO NOT purchase the latest (9th) edition for this class (too expensive!).  Either the 6th edition, 7th, or 8th editions are fine, and there are many copies available at Amazon for less than $5. 
  Henry Kamen.  Empire:  How Spain Became a World Power, 1492-1763.  Harper Perennial.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0060932640.  Amazon has a large number of used copies of this book, starting at less than $5.
  Charles C. Mann.  1493:  Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.  Vintage.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0307278241.  Also a Kindle edition.  There are many used copies of this book.  This book explains many aspects of what is now known as the "Columbian Exchange", including the consequences for Asia of the European discoveries.
  Matthew Restall.  Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest.  Oxford University Press.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0195176117.  There is an Amazon Kindle edition.  Details on how this essential moment in world history is understood today, beyond the traditional biases and myths of Anglo American texts.
A.J.R. Russell-Wood.  The Portuguese Empire, 1415-1808:  A World on the Move.  2nd ed.  Johns Hopkins University Press.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0801859557.  Check the used book stocks at both Amazon and the Palomar College Bookstore.

The Following Books Are Recommended
  Gauvin Alexander Bailey.  Art of Colonial Latin America. Phaidon Press.  1st edition.  ISBN  978-0714841571.

NOTE  Everyone in the course will be required to review a book on the art or architecture of colonial Latin America.   You may select this book, or consult one of many available in the Palomar College Library or other public libraries, according to your interests.

Copies of course books are also on reserve in the Palomar College Library.

  Check out the new Amazon Student program.

Amazon provides FREE and faster shipping now to students who purchase books through their site.  Plus access to free music and videos for six months.

Click here for more information.

Why So Many Books for History of the Americas?

First There are no traditional textbooks for this course - History of the Americas.
Second It will not be necessary to read every chapter in all of these books.  For example, the Woodard book is used in both History 140 and History 141.
Think of each book as one chapter in the story of the History of the Americas.
Third If you explore the internet for the best price, you will pay less than what you would pay for a large one volume text on US or World History.
Fourth Some of these books you will likely enjoy reading!

For information on each book, click on the title/hyperlink

These links take you to Amazon.com, but you should comparison shop with Barnes and Noble, the Palomar College Bookstore, and Off Campus Books.  And remember to include postage costs when shopping.


History 140 - History of the Americas to 1800

Sections 72288 and 72290 (Online), and 73010 (W Hybrid), and 73009 (Live)

All Books Listed Below Are Required

  6 of the 8 books for this class are available in an Amazon Kindle edition.

John Demos.  The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America. * Vintage.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0679759614.  Available in a Kindle edition.
Allan Greer, editor.  The Jesuit Relations.  Bedford/St. Martin's.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0312167073
Charles C. Mann.  1493:  Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.  Vintage.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0307278241.  Also a Kindle edition.  There are many used copies of this book.  This book explains many aspects of what is now known as the "Columbian Exchange", including the consequences for Asia of the European discoveries.
Anthony Pagden.  Peoples and Empires:  A Short History of European Migration, Exploration, and Conquest, from Greece to the Present. *  The Modern Library.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0812967616.  Amazon Kindle edition.  Also available as Audible text.
  Donna Pierce.  Companion to Spanish Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum.  Denver Art Museum.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0914738787
  Matthew Restall.  Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest. * Oxford University Press.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0195176117.  There is an Amazon Kindle edition.
  Peter Turchin.  War and Peace and War:  The Rise and Fall of Empires.  Plume.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0452288195.  Amazon Kindle edition.
  Colin Woodard. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.*  Penguin.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0143122029.  There is also an Amazon Kindle edition.
  This book is required for both History 140 and 141.
  IMPORTANT  The following book (Fischer) is only required for the Online and Hybrid sections:
  David Hackett Fischer.  Paul Revere’s Ride. Oxford University Press. * Paper.  ISBN 978-0195098310. Amazon Kindle edition.


History 141 - History of the Americas Since 1800

Section 72292 (Online) and 73012 (Live TTh)

All Books Listed Below Are Required

  7 of the 8 books for this class are available in an Amazon Kindle edition.
Mariano Azuela.  The Underdogs.  Hackett Publishing.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0872208346   This reading is a short novel of 84 pages (fiction).  Amazon Kindle edition.
  NOTE  This book is available in many editions, but you must purchase this edition because of the additional readings included that discuss the context of the novel, The Mexican Revolution.
  Joseph Boyden.  Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont.  Extraordinary Canadians Series.  Penguin Global.  Hardcover.  ISBN 978-0670066711.  Amazon Kindle edition.
IMPORTANT
  This book is currently available from Amazon USA in the Hardcover (new and used) and Kindle edition
The link above for the new paperback copy is to the Amazon Canada site.  Currently (6-11-2015) The Canadian dollar = .81 US dollars, so with shipping to the US your cost is about $20 US. 
I strongly recommend the Kindle edition. 
Also check the used copy stock on hand at Amazon and the Palomar College bookstore.
  Caleb Carr.  The Alienist: A Novel.  Random House. *  Paper.  ISBN  978-0812976144  Amazon Kindle edition.  A miniseries will appear on the TNT network this year based upon this novel.
  Jordan Goodman.  The Devil and Mr. Casement:  One Man's Battle for Human Rights in South America's Heart of Darkness.  Picador.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0312680589.  Amazon Kindle edition.
  Stephen Kinzer.  The Brothers:  John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War.  Times Books.  Paperback.  ISBN  978-1250053121.  Amazon Kindle edition
 
  NOTE  If you purchase the Kindle edition, for an additional $4.49 you can purchase the Audible file and both read and listen to the book.
  Joel Kotkin.  The City:  A Global History.  Modern Library.  Paperback.  ISBN  978-0375756511.  Amazon Kindle edition.
  Thomas Skidmore, Peter Smith, and James Green.  Modern Latin America7th ed.  Oxford University Press, 2009.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0195375701.  Used copies are available at Amazon for $5 and up. 
  This paper text is available for rent at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Chegg for less than $20.  Also available for rent at the Palomar College Bookstore.   
Shop for the best deal! 
  Kevin Starr.  California:  A History. * The Modern Library.  ISBN 978-0812977530.  Amazon Kindle edition.  Each student will select several chapters to read from this book, not the entire book.
  Colin Woodard. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.*  Penguin.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0143122029.  There is also an Amazon Kindle edition.
  This book is required for both History 140 and 141.
   

Winter 4-week Intersession 2017

January 3 - 27, 2017

History of the Americas
History 140

Why So Many Books for History of the Americas?

First There are no traditional textbooks for this course - History of the Americas.
Second It will not be necessary to read every chapter in all of these books.  For example, the Woodard book is used in both History 140 and History 141.
Think of each book as one chapter in the story of the History of the Americas.
Third - If you explore the internet for the best price, you will pay less than what you would pay for a large one volume text on US or World History.
- For this short course, seriously consider renting your books from the Palomar College Bookstore.
- Copies are also available for 1-week check out from the Instructor Reserve section of the Palomar College Library
Fourth Some of these books you will likely enjoy reading!
Finally YES - you can "read" all of these books during intersession.  That does NOT mean you will read every book from start to finish, slowly.
Just think of each book as a separate chapter for the
History of Americas course textbook.
The first assignment for the course is:  "How to Read a Book".  Watch it here.
Tai Lopez here has some really good ideas - I pretty much follow his reading method (when I want to go through something really fast).  Listen.
BTW Here is Bill Gates's Blog, with his book lists.  CHECK IT OUT! 

FINAL ASSIGNMENT FOR THE COURSE
An essay (10-12 pages) that describes what you have learned from these books, as well as some course documentaries.  That's it.  But YES, you will read a lot.

PS  Some of you are going to want to keep a few of these books and read them in detail.

For information on each book, click on the title/hyperlink.

History 140 - History of the Americas to 1800

Section 34136 and 34340 (Online)

All Books Listed Below Are Required
All can be found in Libraries, including the Reserve section of the Palomar College Library. 

When in stock, the Palomar College Bookstore has very competitive prices for rentals of these books.

  5 of the 7 books for this class are available in an Amazon Kindle edition. 
So if you are interested you can load all of them onto your iPad/Kindle.
David Hackett Fischer.  Paul Revere’s Ride. Oxford University Press. * Paper.  ISBN 978-0195098310. Amazon Kindle edition.
Allan Greer, editor.  The Jesuit Relations.  Bedford/St. Martin's.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0312167073
Charles C. Mann.  1493:  Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.  Vintage.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0307278241.  Also a Kindle edition.  There are many used copies of this book.  This book explains many aspects of what is now known as the "Columbian Exchange", including the consequences for Asia of the European discoveries.
  Donna Pierce.  Companion to Spanish Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum.  Denver Art Museum.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0914738787
  Matthew Restall.  Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest. Oxford University Press.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0195176117.  There is an Amazon Kindle edition.
  Peter Turchin.  War and Peace and War:  The Rise and Fall of Empires.  Plume.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0452288195.  Amazon Kindle edition.
  Colin Woodard. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.*  Penguin.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0143122029.  There is also an Amazon Kindle edition.
  This book is required for both History 140 and 141.
  Extra Credit
  Recommended
In place of discussion board postings you can earn extra credit by writing a short 2-3 page précis/review of the following book.
Copies can be found on Reserve at the Palomar College Library.
  John Demos.  The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America. * Vintage.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0679759614.  Available in a Kindle edition.
   
 
Free Shipping!

Check out the Amazon Student program.
It's Amazon Prime for free for 6 months.

Amazon provides FREE and faster shipping now to students who purchase new books through their site.

Click here for more information.
 
 

 

Spring Semester 2017

History of Latin America
History 151
History of the Americas
History 140
History 141


For information on each book, click on the title
.

History 151 - History of Latin America Since 1824

Section # 3
4038

The Following Books Are Required
  5 of the 6 required paperback books for this class are available in an Amazon Kindle edition.
When in stock, the Palomar College Bookstore has good rental prices for these books.
  Marshall C. Eakin.  The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures.  Paper. Palgrave, 2007. ISBN  978-1403980816. 
Copies are available from Instructor Reserve in the Palomar College Library.
  Mariano Azuela.  The Underdogs.  Hackett Publishing.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0872208346  Amazon Kindle edition.
Copies are available from Instructor Reserve in the Palomar College Library.
  Greg Grandin.  Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle CityPaper.  Picador, 2010.  ISBN 978-0312429621.  Amazon Kindle edition.
  Eduardo Gutierrez; John C. Chasteen, translator.  The Gaucho Juan Moreira:  True Crime in Nineteenth-Century Argentina.  Hackett Publishing.  Paper.  ISBN 978-1624661365.  Amazon Kindle edition
Copies are available from Instructor Reserve in the Palomar College Library.
  Julia E. Sweig.  Cuba:  What Everyone Needs to Know3rd ed.  Oxford University Press, 2016.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0190620370.  Amazon Kindle edition.  
Copies available from Instructor Reserve in the Palomar College Library.
  Mario Vargas Llosa.  Death in the Andes: A Novel.  Picador, 2011.  ISBN 978-0312427252  Amazon Kindle edition
The Palomar College Library has seven copies of this book.
The Following Books Are Recommended
Wait until the start of the course to rent or buy these books.
  Richard Gott.  Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution.  2nd ed.  Verso, 2011.  Paper.  ISBN  978-1844677115.  Amazon Kindle edition
Copies are available from Instructor Reserve in the Palomar College Library.
 
  John Perkins.  The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman.  2nd ed.  Paper.  Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2016.  ISBN 978-1626566743.  Amazon Kindle edition.  
  Free Shipping!
Check out the Amazon Student program.

Amazon provides FREE and faster shipping now to students who purchase new books through their site.

Click here for more information.

Why So Many Books for History of the Americas?
 First  There are no traditional textbooks for this course - History of the Americas.
 Second  It will not be necessary to read every chapter in all of these books.  For example, the Woodard book is used in both History 140 and History 141.
 Third  If you explore the internet for the best price, you will pay less than what you would pay for a large one volume text on US or World History.
 Fourth  Some of these books you will likely enjoy reading!
 

History 140 - History of the Americas to 1800

Online Section #
30780, plus Live section # 3
1075

All Books Listed Below Are Required for All Sections

  5 of 7 paperback books for this class are available in an Amazon Kindle edition.

Allan Greer, editor.  The Jesuit Relations.  Bedford/St. Martin's.  Paper.  ISBN 0-312-16707-5

Anthony Pagden.  Peoples and Empires:  A Short History of European Migration, Exploration, and Conquest, from Greece to the Present.  The Modern Library.  Paper.  ISBN 0-8129-6761-5  *  Amazon Kindle edition.  Also available as Audible text.

  Charles C. Mann.  1493:  Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.  Vintage.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0307278241.  Also a Kindle edition
  Donna Pierce.  Companion to Spanish Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum.  Denver Art Museum.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0914738787

Matthew Restall.  Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest. Oxford University Press.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0195176117.  There is an Amazon Kindle edition and as a Nook book.

Peter Turchin.  War and Peace and War:  The Rise and Fall of Empires.  Plume.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0452288195.  Amazon Kindle edition.

  Colin Woodard. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.*  Penguin.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0143122029.  There is also an Amazon Kindle edition.
  This book is required for both History 140 and 141.

The Following Books Are Required ONLY for the Online Section

John Demos.  The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America.  Vintage.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0679759614  Amazon Kindle edition.

David Hackett Fischer.  Paul Revere’s Ride. Oxford University Press.  Paper.  ISBN 019-509831-5  Amazon Kindle edition.

IMPORTANT
Do not purchase the Demos and Fischer books for the "Live" section (31075).

Everyone in the online section must read some chapters of this book, but many copies are available at libraries, or online used.


History 141 - History of the Americas Since 1800

Online Sections # 30782 and 34036, plus Live section 31078 and Hybrid section 3
1077

All Books Listed Below Are Required

  All of the 8 paperback books required for this class are available in an Amazon Kindle edition.
Mariano Azuela.  The Underdogs.  Hackett Publishing.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0872208346  Amazon Kindle edition.
 
  This book is available in multiple editions, but you must purchase this edition because of the additional readings included.
Copies are available from Instructor Reserve in the Palomar College Library.
  Joseph Boyden.  Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont.  Extraordinary Canadians Series.  Penguin Global.  Hardcover.  ISBN 978-0143055860. 
NOTE Paper copies are essentially out of print in the USA, so the link above is to the Canadian Amazon site.  As of 1-28-2017 the cost here is $25 US for a new copy.  I strongly recommend the eBook edition link below for $14.99 US.
Amazon Kindle edition.
Copies (6) are available from Instructor Reserve in the Palomar College Library.
  Caleb Carr.  The Alienist: A Novel.  Random House.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0812976144  Amazon Kindle edition
Copies are available from Instructor Reserve in the Palomar College Library.
  Jordan Goodman.  The Devil and Mr. Casement:  One Man's Battle for Human Rights in South America's Heart of Darkness.  Picador.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0312680589.  Amazon Kindle edition.
Copies are available from Instructor Reserve in the Palomar College Library.
  Stephen Kinzer.  The Brothers:  John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War.  Times Books.  Paperback.  ISBN  978-1250053121.  There is an Amazon Kindle edition.  If you purchase the Kindle edition, for an additional $4.49 you can purchase the Audible file and both read and listen to the book.
Copies are available from Instructor Reserve in the Palomar College Library.
  Joel Kotkin.  The City:  A Global History.  Modern Library.  Paperback.  ISBN  978-0375756511.  Amazon Kindle edition.
Kevin Starr.  California:  A History.  The Modern Library.  ISBN 0-812-97753-X  *  Amazon Kindle edition.
Copies are available from Instructor Reserve in the Palomar College Library.
  Colin Woodard. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.*  Penguin.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0143122029.  There is also an Amazon Kindle edition.
  This book is required for both History 140 and 141.
Copies are available from Instructor Reserve in the Palomar College Library.
  The Following Book is Recommended
  Marshall C. Eakin.  The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures.  Paper. Palgrave, 2007. ISBN  978-1403980816. 
Copies are available from Instructor Reserve in the Palomar College Library.

Summer Session 2016

History 140
History 141


Check out the new Amazon Student program.

Amazon provides FREE and faster shipping now to students who purchase books through their site.

Click here for more information.

Why So Many Books for History of the Americas?

First There are no traditional textbooks for this course - History of the Americas.
Second It will not be necessary to read every chapter in all of these books.  For example, the Woodard book is used in both History 140 and History 141.
Third If you explore the internet for the best price, you will pay less than what you would pay for a large one volume text on US or World History.
Fourth Some of these books you will likely enjoy reading!
 

For information on each book, click on the title/hyperlink

These links take you to Amazon.com, but you should comparison shop with Barnes and Noble, the Palomar College Bookstore, and Off Campus Books.  And remember to include postage costs when shopping for used books.

History 140 - History of the Americas to 1800

All Books Listed Below (unless noted otherwise) Are Required

Consider each one of these paperbacks as one chapter in a larger text for the course.

6 of the 8 paperback books for this class are available in an Amazon Kindle or Barnes and Noble Nook edition.
  John Demos.  The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America.*  Vintage.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0679759614  Amazon Kindle edition.
  David Hackett Fischer.  Paul Revere’s Ride.* Oxford University Press.  Paper.  ISBN 019-509831-5   Everyone must read some chapters of this book, but copies are available at libraries, or online used.  There is also an Amazon Kindle edition.
  Allan Greer, editor.  The Jesuit Relations.  Bedford/St. Martin's.  Paper.  ISBN 0-312-16707-5
  Donna Pierce.  Companion to Spanish Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum.  Denver Art Museum.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0914738787
  Anthony Pagden.  Peoples and Empires:  A Short History of European Migration, Exploration, and Conquest, from Greece to the Present.*  The Modern Library.  Paper.  ISBN 0-8129-6761-5  Amazon Kindle edition Also available as Audible text.
  Matthew Restall.  Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest.*  Oxford University Press.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0195176117.   There is also an Amazon Kindle edition
  Peter Turchin.  War and Peace and War:  The Rise and Fall of Empires.  Plume.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0452288195.  Amazon Kindle edition.
  Colin Woodard. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.*  Penguin.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0143122029.  There is also an Amazon Kindle edition.
  This book is required for both History 140 and 141.
   
  Recommended
  Lauro Martines.  Furies:  War in Europe, 1450-1700.  Bloomsbury Press.  Paper.  ISBN 978-1608196180.  Amazon Kindle edition.  For extra credit.  Most people are unaware of the nature of warfare in Europe at this time.  This book will remove any "heroic" images you may have.  It is written by one of the preeminent American scholars of Renaissance Italy.  It can be found in most public libraries.


History 141 - History of the Americas Since 1800

All Books Listed Below Are Required

Consider each one of these paperbacks as one chapter in a larger text for the course.

7 of the 8 paperback books for this class are available in an Amazon Kindle or Barnes and Noble Nook edition.
  Mariano Azuela.  The Underdogs.  Hackett Publishing.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0872208346.  Amazon Kindle edition.
 
  This book is available in many editions, but you must purchase this edition because of the additional readings included.
  Joseph Boyden.  Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont.  Extraordinary Canadians Series.  Penguin Global.  Paperback.  ISBN 978-0143055860.  Amazon Kindle edition.
  IMPORTANT
  This book is currently available from Amazon USA in the Hardcover (new and used) and Kindle edition
The link above for the new paperback copy is to the Amazon Canada site.  Currently (3-6-2016) the Canadian dollar = .75 US dollars, so with shipping to the US your cost is about $20 US. 
I strongly recommend the Kindle edition available at the Amazon US site. 
Also check the used copy stock on hand at Amazon and the Palomar College bookstore.  Several copies are on reserve at the Palomar College Bookstore.
  Caleb Carr.  The Alienist: A Novel.*  Random House.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0812976144   Amazon Kindle edition.  A miniseries will appear on the TNT network this year based upon this novel.
  Jordan Goodman.  The Devil and Mr. Casement:  One Man's Battle for Human Rights in South America's Heart of Darkness.  Picador.  Paper.  ISBN 978-0312680589.  Amazon Kindle edition.
  Stephen Kinzer.  The Brothers:  John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War.  St. Martin's Griffin.  Paper.  ISBN  978-1250053121.  There is an Amazon Kindle edition.  If you purchase the Kindle edition, for an additional $4.49 you can purchase the Audible file and both read and listen to the book.
  Thomas Skidmore, Peter Smith, and James Green.  Modern Latin America7th ed.  Oxford University Press, 2009.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0195375701.  Used copies are available at Amazon for less than $5.
  This paper text is available for rent at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Chegg for less than $20.  Also available for rent at the Palomar College Bookstore
Shop for the best deal! 
 

Kevin Starr.  California:  A History. * The Modern Library.  ISBN 0-812-97753-X    Amazon Kindle edition.

  Colin Woodard. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. *  Penguin.  Paper.  ISBN  978-0143122029.   There is also an Amazon Kindle edition.
  This book is required for both History 140 and 141.

How To Use the Course Books

If you are concerned about the number of books assigned for these courses, consider the following:

  • The total cost of these course books is often less than the cost of one large textbook for a US, World, or Western Civilization survey course.

  • You will not be required to read every chapter for most books assigned, such as Sweet & Nash, Fischer, Khanna, and Starr books.  The Woodard book is divided between both History 140 and 141.

  • By the end of each course, most students are amazed that history books can be so well written and interesting!  These are very different from the 1-volume history textbooks you may have read for other courses in the past.

  • As there are no "objective" exams for these courses, only short essays and projects, you will not be memorizing information from these books, but rather reading them for their content and themes.

  • Most of these books can be obtained for free from local college and public libraries.  Please read below under Instructor Reserve Copies and Other Libraries.  Those that can be obtained through libraries are marked by an asterix - *

Where To Find Your Books


I am not in the business of selling books.  I do want you to get into the habit of reading good history books, AND using your local libraries.  In several of my classes you will be required to use a library book.

If you are concerned about the costs for these books, please read below under Instructor Reserve Copies and Other Libraries


All books will be available in the Palomar College Bookstore, where they can be purchased in person or online. 

The links above on this page for each title are to Amazon.com, where you can obtain these texts online either new or used at reduced prices.  You can also find new and used copies online at Barnes&Noble.com, Powells.com, and Abebooks.com

Rentals
Increasingly college books are now available as rentals.  One company site which specializes in this market is Chegg.  Amazon and the Palomar College Bookstore also deal in rentals.  Unfortunately, every semester I receive complaints from students of poor service and misdirected orders from eFollett, which manages the Palomar bookstore.  If any books from eFollett are backordered, be sure to retain your receipts and order information.  If orders take more than a few weeks to fulfill, demand your money back and order somewhere else.

Local Chain Bookstores
The Carr, Demos, Fischer, Kinzer, Kotkin, Pagden, Starr, Turchin, Vargas Llosa, and Woodard books are "trade books" that can also be obtained from you local book store, particularly chains such as Barnes & Noble, Bookstar, and Borders (RIP).  These stores can generally obtain these books within one week.

Instructor Reserve Copies - Palomar College Library
Copies of the Boyden, Carr, Demos, Fischer, Greer, Kamen, Kinzer, Mann, Pagden, Restall, Starr, Sweig, Vargas Llosa, and Woodard texts are available for student check out in the Instructor Reserve area of the Palomar College Library, 2nd floor. 

Consult the Online Reserve Desk to check the availability of these titles; search the Reserve Desk by my Last Name: Arguello. 

All are also generally available through your local Public Library.

Other Libraries
The Carr, Demos, Fischer, Kamen, Kinzer, Kotkin, Mann, Pagden, Restall, Starr, Turchin, Vargas Llosa, and Woodard texts should be available in most public libraries. 

San Diego Circuit
If not available in your local branch, you should be able to obtain them through either the San Diego City and/or County Library systems. 

You can also request that these be delivered to your local public library using this service:  San Diego Circuit.  This network provides you with access to books at UCSD, USD, SDSU, CSU San Marcos, and the San Diego City or San Diego County systems.

For example, the San Diego (City) Public Library has 28 copies of the book by Charles Mann, 1493!

Read more about the San Diego Circuit here (San Diego City Library)and here (County Library).

Follow this link at the Palomar College Library page for links to other local libraries.

 

 
   
   
   
 
 
 


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