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Creating a Top Ten List for the Gilded Age/Progressive Era is challenging. There are an extraordinary number of outstanding books on this period. These books are a selection of our favorites. Most of these books are focused on trying to define this era as whole, instead of focusing on a single issue. In other words, several of these books are seeking to create a grand narrative of the era to help their readers understand it.
[[File: American_Colossus.jpeg|thumbnail|American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900 by H.W. Brands]]