The History Department supports the idea of summer reading. Reading – whether for pleasure or for information – reinforces our Ignatian mission by promoting the ideals of a lifelong learner who is “open to growth” and “intellectually competent.” Summer reading also cultivates a community of learners by having a large and diverse group with disparate experiences and ideas share the same text. The History Department encourages students (and parents) to complement their reading with trips to local museums, battle sites, and places of historic value, as well as explorations of integrated websites and film portrayals.

Required Reading

World History & AP Human Geography

Admiral James Stavridis, Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans (Penguin, 2017).

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US, AP US and American Studies

Robert F. Kennedy, Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis (WW Norton, 1999).

Eurasia and Africa in the Fifteenth Century
(Please note: this is for AP US students ONLY)

Assessment will be done in class when students return.

US Govt and AP US Government

Seth Lipsky, The Citizen’s Constitution: An Annotated Guide (Basic Books, 2011).

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AP Psychology

Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales (Touchstone, 1998).

Assessment will be done in class when students return.

AP European History

Simon Price and Peter Thonemann, The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine (Penguin, 2010).

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