My high school history teacher loved his work. He threw away our textbooks and gave us all a copy of Hofstadter instead. It's really too advanced for high schoolers, but it does something important that text books don't: it makes you think. I think it's a very well balanced look at American politics & history.
I've read his "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life", and I found that one to be a bit more tedious but very high quality nonetheless. I've been planning to check out a few more of his books, but I've just never gotten around to it. A new book, or music, or football game, or 6 pack of Killians always manages to trip me up instead.
American Violence: A Documentary History is of high quality.
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