Landmark Books
Published by Random House
185 Total Books

What are the Landmark Books?
Each is a book that brings to life a great event or personality in our nation's past. Each is designed to be rich, rewarding reading, capable of stirring the heart as well as the mind. Each is intended to arouse in the reader not only an interest in the course of history, but also an understanding of how the democracy that is our heritage was forged.From one of the dust jackets
What are the World Landmark Books?
The same splendid features that have made the Landmark Books increasingly popular since they were launched more than five years ago continue in these books of world-wide scope for young readers. These, too, have outstanding authors, a wide and well chosen variety of subjects, simple but full-of-action story narrative, large and clear print, attractive bindings, and a reasonable price. From one of the dust jackets
Praise for Landmark Books

Any pre-adolescent who has not feasted on them has been cheated. Dr. Henry F. Graff, Associate Professor of History, Columbia University, in The New York Times

This series is superlatively well one and is a major contribution to the information and inspiration of young Americans today. May Hill Arbuthnot in Elementary English

The outstanding children's books of this half century... Without parallel in the field of children's literature. Rev. Dr. Leo J. McCormick, Supt. of Schools, Archdiocese of Baltimore

They not only hold the interest of good readers but lure the reluctant ones. Chicago Tribune

A note regarding reprints: We believe that the reprints done by Random House were not changed in anyway, and have personally confirmed that Pharoahs of Ancient Egypt is the identical to the original. However, we did find that The Witchcraft of Salem Village was abridged. 

Spencer Press did a special edition run of a few titles. They chose ten Landmark titles, numbered these 1-10 and published as a matching set with green and black covers. They chose eight World Landmark Titles, numbered these 1-8 and published as a matching set with green and red covers. The numbering does NOT match the original numbers issued by Random House. The titles in each set are as follows:

Landmarks:

  • 1. The Voyages of Christopher Columbus
  • 2. The Landing of the Pilgrims
  • 3. Paul Revere and the Minute Men
  • 4. Our Independence and the Constitution
  • 5. The Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • 6. The Santa Fe Trail
  • 7. The California Gold Trail
  • 8. The Pony Express
  • 9. Building the First Transcontinental Railroad
  • 10. The Panama Canal

World Landmarks:

  • 1. Alexander the Great
  • 2. King Arthur and His Knights
  • 3. Adventures and Discoveries of Marco Polo
  • 4. Joan of Arc
  • 5. Mary Queen of Scots
  • 6. Napoleon and the Battle of Waterloo
  • 7. Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • 8. The Battle of Britain

The Young Readers of America Book Club also reprinted many of the titles. One of the unique things about these reprints was that each book included a copy of an author letter. We are including pictures of these author letters as we find them; they are available on the individual book pages. These letters are absolutely delightful to read, and often give great insight into the author's love and reasons for writing the book.

*We really love the Landmark books, and are often asked questions such as "What are they?", "What makes these so great?", and "Why would I want to own these?". This article is fantastic and really shares the who, what, when and how of the Landmark Series! The Story of the Landmark Books

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Cover Title Author Publication date
Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House Sterling North 1956
Adventures and Discoveries of Marco Polo Adventures and Discoveries of Marco Polo Richard J. Walsh 1953
The Adventures of Ulysses The Adventures of Ulysses Gerald Gottlieb 1959
The Alaska Gold Rush The Alaska Gold Rush May McNeer 1960
Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr: Their Lives, Their Times, Their Duel Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr: Their Lives, Their Times, Their Duel Russell Crouse, Anna Erskine Crouse 1958
Alexander the Great Alexander the Great John Gunther 1953
America's First World War: General Pershing and the Yanks America's First World War: General Pershing and the Yanks Henry Castor 1957
The American Revolution The American Revolution Bruce Bliven, Jr. 1958
Americans into Orbit: The Story of Project Mercury Americans into Orbit: The Story of Project Mercury Gene Gurney 1962
Andrew Carnegie and the Age of Steel Andrew Carnegie and the Age of Steel Katherine B. Shippen 1958
Balboa: Swordsman and Conquistador Balboa: Swordsman and Conquistador Felix Riesenberg, Jr. 1956
The Barbary Pirates The Barbary Pirates C.S. Forester 1953
The Battle for Iwo Jima The Battle for Iwo Jima Robert Leckie 1968
The Battle for the Atlantic The Battle for the Atlantic Jay Williams 1959
The Battle of Britain The Battle of Britain Quentin Reynolds 1953
The Battle of the Bulge The Battle of the Bulge John Toland 1952
Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia Margaret Cousins 1952
Ben-Gurion and the Birth of Israel Ben-Gurion and the Birth of Israel Joan Comay 1967
Betsy Ross and the Flag Betsy Ross and the Flag Jane Mayer 1952
Buffalo Bill's Great Wild West Show Buffalo Bill's Great Wild West Show Walter Havighurst 1957
The Building of the First Transcontinental Railroad The Building of the First Transcontinental Railroad Adele Gutman Nathan 1950
The California Gold Rush The California Gold Rush May McNeer 1950
Captain Cook Explores the South Seas Captain Cook Explores the South Seas Armstrong Sperry 1955
Captain Cortés Conquers Mexico Captain Cortés Conquers Mexico William Weber Johnson 1960
Catherine the Great Catherine the Great Katharine Scherman 1957
Chief of the Cossacks Chief of the Cossacks Harold Lamb 1959
Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross Helen Dore Boylston 1955
Cleopatra of Egypt Cleopatra of Egypt Leonora Hornblow 1961
Clipper Ship Days: The Golden Age of American Sailing Ships Clipper Ship Days: The Golden Age of American Sailing Ships John Jennings 1952
Combat Nurses of World War II Combat Nurses of World War II Wyatt Blassingame 1967
The Coming of the Mormons The Coming of the Mormons Jim Kjelgaard 1952
The Commandos of World War II The Commandos of World War II Hodding Carter 1966
Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan Ferdinand Kuhn 1955
The Conquest of the North and South Poles: Adventures of the Peary and Byrd Expeditions The Conquest of the North and South Poles: Adventures of the Peary and Byrd Expeditions Russell Owen 1952
The Copper Kings of Montana The Copper Kings of Montana Marian T. Place 1961
The Crusades The Crusades Anthony West 1954
Custer's Last Stand Custer's Last Stand Quentin Reynolds 1951
Daniel Boone: The Opening of the Wilderness Daniel Boone: The Opening of the Wilderness John Mason Brown 1952
Davy Crockett: From the Backwoods of Tennessee to the Alamo Davy Crockett: From the Backwoods of Tennessee to the Alamo Stewart H. Holbrook 1955
Disaster at Johnstown: The Great Flood Disaster at Johnstown: The Great Flood Hildegarde Dolson 1965
The Doctors Who Conquered Yellow Fever The Doctors Who Conquered Yellow Fever Ralph Nading Hill 1957
Dolly Madison Dolly Madison Jane Mayer 1954
Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Story of the General from Abilene Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Story of the General from Abilene Malcom Moos 1964
The Early Days of Automobiles The Early Days of Automobiles Elizabeth Janeway 1956
The Erie Canal The Erie Canal Samuel Hopkins Adams 1952
Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys Slater Brown 1956
Evangeline and the Acadians Evangeline and the Acadians Robert Tallant 1957
The Exploits of Xenophon The Exploits of Xenophon Geoffrey Household 1955
The Explorations of Pčre Marquette The Explorations of Pčre Marquette Jim Kjelgaard 1951
Exploring the Himalaya: A story of the conquests of the highest and most perilous mountain range in the world Exploring the Himalaya: A story of the conquests of the highest and most perilous mountain range in the world William O. Douglas 1958
The F.B.I. The F.B.I. Quentin Reynolds 1954
The Fall of Constantinople The Fall of Constantinople Bernardine Kielty 1957
Famous Pirates of the New World Famous Pirates of the New World A.B.C (Cal) Whipple 1958
Ferdinand Magellan: Master Mariner Ferdinand Magellan: Master Mariner Seymour Gates Pond 1957
The First Men in the World The First Men in the World Anne Terry White 1953
The First Overland Mail The First Overland Mail Robert E. Pinkerton 1952
The First Transatlantic Cable The First Transatlantic Cable Adele Gutman Nathan 1959
Flat-Tops: The Story of Aircraft Carriers Flat-Tops: The Story of Aircraft Carriers Edmund L. Castillo 1969
The Flight and Adventures of Charles II The Flight and Adventures of Charles II Charles Norman 1958
Florence Nightingale Florence Nightingale Ruth Fox Hume 1960
Flying Aces of World War I Flying Aces of World War I Gene Gurney 1965
The Flying Tigers The Flying Tigers John Toland 1963
The French Foreign Legion The French Foreign Legion Wyatt Blassingame 1955
From Casablanca to Berlin: The War in North Africa and Europe: 1942-1945 From Casablanca to Berlin: The War in North Africa and Europe: 1942-1945 Bruce Bliven, Jr. 1966
From Pearl Harbor To Okinawa: The War in the Pacific 1941-1945 From Pearl Harbor To Okinawa: The War in the Pacific 1941-1945 Bruce Bliven, Jr. 1960
Garibaldi: Father of Modern Italy Garibaldi: Father of Modern Italy Marcia Davenport 1957
General Brock and Niagara Falls General Brock and Niagara Falls Samuel Hopkins Adams 1957
Genghis Khan and the Mongol Horde Genghis Khan and the Mongol Horde Harold Lamb 1954
George Washington Carver: The Story of a Great American George Washington Carver: The Story of a Great American Anne Terry White 1952
George Washington: Frontier Colonel George Washington: Frontier Colonel Sterling North 1953
Geronimo: Wolf of the Warpath Geronimo: Wolf of the Warpath Ralph Moody 1958
Gettysburg Gettysburg MacKinlay Kantor 1952
Golden Age of Railroads Golden Age of Railroads Stewart H. Holbrook 1960
Great American Fighter Pilots of World War II Great American Fighter Pilots of World War II Robert D. Loomis 1961
Great Men of Medicine Great Men of Medicine Ruth Fox Hume 1961
Guadalcanal Diary Guadalcanal Diary Richard Tregaskis 1955
Hawaii: Gem of the Pacific Hawaii: Gem of the Pacific Oscar Lewis 1954
Hero of Trafalgar: The Story of Lord Nelson Hero of Trafalgar: The Story of Lord Nelson A.B.C (Cal) Whipple 1963
Heroines of the Early West Heroines of the Early West Nancy Wilson Ross 1960
The Hudson's Bay Company The Hudson's Bay Company Richard Morenus 1956
Jesus of Nazareth Jesus of Nazareth Harry Emerson Fosdick 1959
Joan of Arc Joan of Arc Nancy Wilson Ross 1953
John F. Kennedy and PT-109 John F. Kennedy and PT-109 Richard Tregaskis 1962
John James Audubon John James Audubon John Kieran, Margaret Kieran 1954
John Paul Jones, Fighting Sailor John Paul Jones, Fighting Sailor Armstrong Sperry 1952
Julius Caesar Julius Caesar John Gunther 1959
King Arthur and His Knights King Arthur and His Knights Mabel Louise Robinson 1953
Kit Carson and the Wild Frontier Kit Carson and the Wild Frontier Ralph Moody 1955
The Landing of the Pilgrims The Landing of the Pilgrims James Daugherty 1950
Lawrence of Arabia Lawrence of Arabia Alistair MacLean 1962
Lee and Grant at Appomattox Lee and Grant at Appomattox MacKinlay Kantor 1950
Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci Emily Hahn 1956
The Lewis and Clark Expedition The Lewis and Clark Expedition Richard L. Neuberger 1951
The Life of Saint Patrick The Life of Saint Patrick Quentin Reynolds 1955
The Life of Saint Paul The Life of Saint Paul Harry Emerson Fosdick 1962
Lincoln and Douglas: The Years of Decision Lincoln and Douglas: The Years of Decision Regina Z. Kelly 1954
The Louisiana Purchase The Louisiana Purchase Robert Tallant 1952
The Magna Charta The Magna Charta James Daugherty 1956
The Man Who Changed China: The Story of Sun Yat-sen The Man Who Changed China: The Story of Sun Yat-sen Pearl S. Buck 1953
Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette Bernardine Kielty 1955
The Marquis de Lafayette: Bright Sword for Freedom The Marquis de Lafayette: Bright Sword for Freedom Hodding Carter 1956
Martin Luther Martin Luther Harry Emerson Fosdick 1956
Mary: Queen of Scots Mary: Queen of Scots Emily Hahn 1953
Medal of Honor Heroes Medal of Honor Heroes Colonel Red (Russell Potter) Reeder 1965
Medical Corps Heroes of World War II Medical Corps Heroes of World War II Wyatt Blassingame 1969
Midway: Battle for the Pacific Midway: Battle for the Pacific Edmund L. Castillo 1968
The Mississippi Bubble: The fantastic swindle that turned France upside down but lent magic to a new land beyond the sea The Mississippi Bubble: The fantastic swindle that turned France upside down but lent magic to a new land beyond the sea Thomas B. Costain 1955
The Monitor and the Merrimac: And Other Naval Battles The Monitor and the Merrimac: And Other Naval Battles Fletcher Pratt 1951
Mr. Bell Invents the Telephone Mr. Bell Invents the Telephone Katherine B. Shippen 1952
Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd A.B.C (Cal) Whipple 1970
Napoleon and the Battle of Waterloo Napoleon and the Battle of Waterloo Frances Winwar 1953
Old Ironsides: The Fighting Constitution Old Ironsides: The Fighting Constitution Harry Hansen 1955
Our Independence and the Constitution Our Independence and the Constitution Dorothy Canfield Fisher 1950
The Panama Canal The Panama Canal Bob Considine 1951
Paul Revere and the Minute Men Paul Revere and the Minute Men Dorothy Canfield Fisher 1950
Peter Stuyvesant of Old New York Peter Stuyvesant of Old New York Anna Erskine Crouse, Russell Crouse 1950
The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt Elizabeth Payne 1964
The Pirate LaFitte and the Battle of New Orleans The Pirate LaFitte and the Battle of New Orleans Robert Tallant 1951
Pocahontas and Captain John Smith Pocahontas and Captain John Smith Marie Lawson 1950
The Pony Express The Pony Express Samuel Hopkins Adams 1950
Prehistoric America Prehistoric America Anne Terry White 1951
Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada Frances Winwar 1954
Queen Victoria Queen Victoria Noel Streatfeild 1958
Remember the Alamo! Remember the Alamo! Robert Penn Warren 1958
The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler William L. Shirer 1961
Robert E. Lee and the Road of Honor Robert E. Lee and the Road of Honor Hodding Carter 1955
Robert Fulton and the Steamboat Robert Fulton and the Steamboat Ralph Nading Hill 1954
Rogers' Rangers and the French & Indian War Rogers' Rangers and the French & Indian War Bradford Smith 1966
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Royal Canadian Mounted Police Richard L. Neuberger 1953
Sam Houston: The Tallest Texan Sam Houston: The Tallest Texan William Weber Johnson 1953
The Santa Fe Trail The Santa Fe Trail Samuel Hopkins Adams 1951
Seabees of World War II Seabees of World War II Edmund L. Castillo 1963
Sequoyah: Leader of the Cherokees Sequoyah: Leader of the Cherokees Alice Marriot 1956
Simón Bolívar: The Great Liberator Simón Bolívar: The Great Liberator Arnold Whitridge 1954
The Sinking of the Bismarck The Sinking of the Bismarck William L. Shirer 1962
The Slave Who Freed Haiti: The Story of Toussaint Louverture The Slave Who Freed Haiti: The Story of Toussaint Louverture Katharine Scherman 1954
Stonewall Jackson Stonewall Jackson Jonathan Daniels 1959
The Story of Albert Schweitzer The Story of Albert Schweitzer Anita Daniel 1957
The Story of Atomic Energy The Story of Atomic Energy Laura Fermi 1961
The Story of Australia The Story of Australia A. Grove Day 1960
The Story of D-Day: June 6, 1944 The Story of D-Day: June 6, 1944 Bruce Bliven, Jr. 1956
The Story of Oklahoma The Story of Oklahoma Lon Tinkle 1962
The Story of San Francisco: From the Founding of the Port in 1775 to the Present Day The Story of San Francisco: From the Founding of the Port in 1775 to the Present Day Charlotte Jackson 1955
The Story of Scotland Yard The Story of Scotland Yard Laurence Thompson 1954
The Story of Submarines The Story of Submarines George Weller 1962
The Story of the Naval Academy The Story of the Naval Academy Felix Riesenberg, Jr. 1958
The Story of the Paratroops The Story of the Paratroops George Weller 1958
The Story of the Secret Service The Story of the Secret Service Ferdinand Kuhn 1957
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies The Story of the Thirteen Colonies Clifford Lindsey Alderman 1967
The Story of the U.S. Air Force The Story of the U.S. Air Force Robert D. Loomis 1959
The Story of the U.S. Coast Guard The Story of the U.S. Coast Guard Eugene Rachlis 1961
The Story of the U.S. Marines The Story of the U.S. Marines George P. Hunt 1951
The Story of Thomas Alva Edison The Story of Thomas Alva Edison Margaret Cousins 1965
The Swamp Fox of the Revolution The Swamp Fox of the Revolution Stewart H. Holbrook 1959
Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders Henry Castor 1952
The Texas Rangers The Texas Rangers Will Henry 1957
Thirty Seconds over Tokyo Thirty Seconds over Tokyo Ted W. Lawson, Bob Considine 1952
Thomas Jefferson: Father of Democracy Thomas Jefferson: Father of Democracy Vincent Sheean 1952
Tippecanoe and Tyler, too! Tippecanoe and Tyler, too! Stanley Young 1957
To California by Covered Wagon To California by Covered Wagon George R. Stewart 1952
Trappers and Traders of the Far West Trappers and Traders of the Far West James Daugherty 1952
The U.S. Border Patrol: The Exciting Story of the Men who Guard America's Borders The U.S. Border Patrol: The Exciting Story of the Men who Guard America's Borders Clement David Hellyer 1963
The U.S. Frogmen of World War II The U.S. Frogmen of World War II Wyatt Blassingame 1964
The United Nations in War and Peace The United Nations in War and Peace T.R. Fehrenbach 1968
Up the Trail from Texas Up the Trail from Texas James Frank Dobie 1955
The Vikings The Vikings Elizabeth Janeway 1951
The Voyages of Christopher Columbus The Voyages of Christopher Columbus Armstrong Sperry 1950
The Voyages of Henry Hudson The Voyages of Henry Hudson Eugene Rachlis 1962
Walk in Space: The Story of Project Gemini Walk in Space: The Story of Project Gemini Gene Gurney 1967
Walter Raleigh: Man of Two Worlds Walter Raleigh: Man of Two Worlds Henrietta Buckmaster 1964
War Chief of the Seminoles War Chief of the Seminoles May McNeer 1954
The War in Korea: 1950 - 1953 The War in Korea: 1950 - 1953 Robert Leckie 1963
The West Point Story The West Point Story Nardi Reeder Campion, Colonel Red (Russell Potter) Reeder 1956
Wild Bill Hickok Tames the West Wild Bill Hickok Tames the West Stewart H. Holbrook 1952
Will Shakespeare and the Globe Theater Will Shakespeare and the Globe Theater Anne Terry White 1955
William Penn: Quaker Hero William Penn: Quaker Hero Hildegarde Dolson 1961
William the Conqueror William the Conqueror Thomas B. Costain 1959
Winston Churchill: The Courageous Adventurer, The Rebellious Politician, The Inspiring War Leader Winston Churchill: The Courageous Adventurer, The Rebellious Politician, The Inspiring War Leader Quentin Reynolds 1963
The Winter at Valley Forge The Winter at Valley Forge F. Van Wyck Mason 1953
The Witchcraft of Salem Village The Witchcraft of Salem Village Shirley Jackson 1956
Women of Courage Women of Courage Dorothy Nathan 1964
The World's Greatest Showman: The Life of P. T. Barnum The World's Greatest Showman: The Life of P. T. Barnum Joe Bryan III 1950
The Wright Brothers: Pioneers of American Aviation The Wright Brothers: Pioneers of American Aviation Quentin Reynolds 1950
Wyatt Earp: U.S. Marshal Wyatt Earp: U.S. Marshal Stewart H. Holbrook 1956
Young Mark Twain and the Mississippi Young Mark Twain and the Mississippi Harnett T. Kane 1966