H. W. Brands
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Niall Ferguson is a professor at Harvard University and is also a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Ferguson specifically specializes in economic history and western history. Some of his best work is on the British Empire, international history, and alternate history. Some of the books he has written are The Ascent of Money, Civilization: The West and the Rest, and Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World. His work is well researched and very persuasive.
If you are interested in more economic history, then I recommend Amity Shlaes, who chairs the board of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. She has written about President Coolidge, the economy of the 1920s, and the Great Depression. Two books by her are Coolidge and The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression. Her books aren't just focused on economics, but tell very good stories of the people living during certain historical periods and the problems they had to go through.
Paul Johnson has had a long life writing history and being a journalist. You can find many books written by him. These include A History of the American People, A History of the Jews, Socrates: A Man for our Times, Churchill, and George Washington: The Founding Father. His many accomplishments led him to receive the 2006 Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. You can find many books on a numerous historical topics from this historian.
Arthur B. Laffer
I think I've posted about Arthur Laffer so many times that it is clear he's my favorite economist. Laffer was President Ronald Reagan's chief economic adviser and deserves credit for influencing the president's policies that led the country out of the 1981-82 recession. He is considered the "Father of Supply-side Economics" and that does hold true for the modern age, but more importantly his economic ideas have been able to stick unlike previous eras of supply-side policies like the Roaring Twenties. Some of his books are An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States: How Taxes, Energy, and Worker Freedom Change Everything and The End of Prosperity: How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy -- If We Let It Happen.
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Arthur B. Laffer
Schweikart provides an alternative view in his A Patriot's History of the United States to Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. He has continuously updated this book, which is now on its tenth anniversary edition. It is a great book. He mainly focuses on updating it as the years go on, but also has some other works that are worth reading. He currently teaches at the University of Dayton.
Steven F. Hayward