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Fodor's, Insight, DK Eyewitness, AA Keyguide, Let's Go, Lonely Planet, Frommers and a plethora of other travel series offer guides to the USA if you plan on taking a big roadtrip around the states.
David McCullough's 1776 is a popular book covering the American Revolution from a military standpoint.
For an alternative view of USA history, check out Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States : 1492-Present which exposes a number of lesser known bits of American history.
If you're looking for a more humorous take, Jon Stewart's America provides a hilarious spin on much the nation's history.
This is an excellent reference source for information about all the states of the USA.
Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).
Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s) you like the best.
Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction for a novice traveller.