Just finishing up the first volume of Bill Bennett's history of the United States. It's a great read, easily accessible and well done. It's nicely balanced look at US history from the beginning of European colonization until the end of the 19th century. I need to pick up the second volume that takes it up to the (nearly) present.
This isn't a bland history book. Bennett turns it into a page turner that delves into the difficult issues of various time periods, motivations behind them, etc. He doesn't paint men like Andrew Jackson as heroic, instead exposing flaws but also acknowledging what Jackson grew up around (Indian raids in Tennessee where he saw settlers tomahawked and dead pregnant women who had had their stomachs cut open while alive and the baby torn out - stuff like that).
Even for those who don't generally like history texts it is a great read that informed on the nation's heritage.