Taking APUSH is no easy task. Even if you have an excellent teacher and helpful classmates, you’re likely going to need a bit of extra help from a textbook at some point during the course. Lucky for you we’ve compiled a list of the best APUSH textbooks in existence. Check out what former APUSH students had to say about their chosen textbooks.
1. "I think this is definitely the best prep book for APUSH. It is fairly comprehensive but also readable and not overly discursive. I took APUSH junior year and never read the actual textbook. I read this prep book over a few times and got a 5 on the AP exam and an 800 on the SAT II" - GoldOwl
2. "I second the AMSCO recommendation! AMSCO isn't too lengthy if you spread out your reading throughout the school year. You can find a copy of it for $18 on the publisher's website. But if you're the kind of person who starts cramming the week of the AP exam, use a different book because AMSCO is around 700 pages long." - glacialisx
3. "Crash Course and AMSCO are both very good. But if you get AMSCO, try to space out your reading. I only got it towards the end of the year and tried to cram all the reading, and it's hard and not super helpful. Nevertheless, it's a good book. I didn't like the textbook we used, it was very badly organized and full of useless information. I never looked at Essential Content, so I can't comment on that. Since it was written by the same person as Crash Course, it is probably very useful." - IamClueless
4. "I agree that AMSCO is the best full length review book, if that's what you need. If your APUSH class wasn't difficult/comprehensive or you are self studying and need to actually learn the material, then AMSCO is the way to go. If, however, your class was decent and you did fairly well, all you need is The Essential Content for a 5/800. If you are in a rush, even without a decent class you will get at least a 4, though probably a 5, if you just memorize everything in The Essential Content. For what it's worth, I got a 5 on the AP and an 800 on the subject test and I only read the Essential Content - once the night before the AP and another time the night before the subject test. It was plenty and provided all the info I needed. I did have a decently hard APUSH class though." - alwaysleah
5. "The best US History Prep Books are the Barron's AP United States History and Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam by Princeton Review. I highly recommend Barron's APUSH. It is a very useful book, easy, and it helps to get a high score on the US History AP exam." -newatusa