What a great exercise!
Here are some of the books recommended by American historians:
Jefferson Cowie, Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class
David Roediger, Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class
Richard Hofstadter, The Paranoid Style in American Politics
Matthew Jacobson, Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race
George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
Landon Storrs, The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left
W.E.B. Du Bous, Black Reconstruction in America
Christopher Lasch, The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy
Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Daniel Rodgers, Age of Fracutre
Danielle Allen, Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown v. Board of Education
Kevin Kruse, White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism
Thomas Sugrue, Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit
Read the entire list here.