THE SUMERIANS, THEIR HISTORY, CULTURE, AND CHARACTER - Samuel Noah Kramer - 1963 - University of Chicago Press
This book was written nearly 60 years ago and it’s a bit dated, but it’s readable and gives the reader a good view of human’s transition from hunter/gather egalitarian societies to mass agricultural hierarchical state societies.
CONSTANTINE’S SWORD - James Carroll - 2001 - Mariner Books
This book details the birth of the Catholic Church as an arm of state power and its war on Judaism, Pagans, and Islamist.
IN THE SHADOW OF THE SWORD: THE BIRTH OF ISLAM AND THE RISE OF THE GLOBAL ARAB EMPIRE - Tom Holland - 2013 - Anchor Books
A well written compendium of this amazing and bloody history
STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING - Ibram X. Kendi - 2017 - Hachette Book Group
The first several chapters are an excellent history of the beginning of modern racism born out of the original Doctrine of Discovery Papal Bulls.
MAYFLOWER - Nathaniel Philbrick - 2007 - Penguin Books
The well told myth breaking story of the founding encounter of a group of Christian fanatics and the Wampanoags.
AN INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (REVISIONING HISTORY) - Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - 2015 - Beacon Press
An excellent view of the non-whitewashed history of this land.
PAGANS IN THE PROMISED LAND: DECODING THE DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY - Steven Newcomb - 2008 - Fulcrum Publishing
This book is a good discussion of the history and importance of the Doctrine of Discovery. It also discusses the importance of language in the process of this history.
KILL THE INDIAN, SAVE THE MAN: THE GENOCIDAL IMPACT OF AMERICAN INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS - Ward Churchill - 2004 - City Light Books
The shameful story of American Churches, the Federal Government, and the kidnapping, abuse, and cultural genocide of native children for 5 generations.
CASTE - Isabel Wilkerson - 2020 - Random House
This book illuminates the caste system in America by comparing it to Indian (the country), and Nazi caste systems. A wonderful read.
THE NATIONS WITHIN - Vine Deloria Jr. / Clifford Lytle - 1984 - Pantheon Books
A great look at the legal machinations surrounding treaties and sovereignty vis a vis the Native Nations and the US Settler State.