After researching the topics covered in the index of the book I was very interested in the maritime aspects of America. I would love to learn about sailors and the height of the trading and ocean based industries that were prevalent during the beginning of the United States. Pirates would also be a large part of sailing culture.
Apart from early America I would also love to learn about the 20s or 30s because there was a lot of socioeconomic crisis as well as booms in those eras. Similarly a post war 50s/60s would be very interesting to see considering that we don't normally focus on the aftermath of ww2 and the U.S. role (becoming a major power and the rising tension of the cold war).
In all I am sure that this year will be teeming with great projects and great learning. I hope to push myself to break out of any "comfort zones", of sorts, that I might tend to fall into when studying history.