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Recommended Books on the American Revolution
Founding Brothers : The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph J. Ellis
Hardcover - 288 pages (October 17, )
Knopf; ISBN: 0375405445
 
 
The American Revolution: A History
by Gordon S. Wood
(Hardcover)

Angel in the Whirlwind : The Triumph of the American Revolution
by Benson Bobrick
Bobrick does a fine job of covering the ins and outs of this extraordinary war, giving readers enough background to understand the complexities of the issues that led to the Declaration of Independence by taking them through the war years leading to Washington's inauguration. Better yet, he creates a sense of the times in which these stirring events occurred, limning the details of the common people's lives and attitudes to add a sense of immediacy. Angel in the Whirlwind is popular history at its best; George Washington would be proud. Amazon.com
Paperback - 560 pages Reprint edition
Penguin USA
(Paper); ISBN: 0140275002

The Long Fuse : How England Lost the American Colonies, 1760-1785
by Don Cook
Paperback
Atlantic Monthly Pr; ISBN: 0871136619

The Creation of the American Republic 1776-1787
(Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia)
by Gordon S. Wood (Preface)
Paperback - 688 pages (April )
Univ of North Carolina Pr; ISBN: 0807847232

The Day the American Revolution Began : 19 April 1775
by William H. Hallahan
The shot heard 'round the world traveled at slightly less than the speed of sound, as the news of its firing took four days to travel from Lexington Green to New York, five days to Philadelphia, and more than five weeks to distant London. William H. Hallahan follows the news--and the reactions it... Amazon.com
Paperback: 328 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.82 x 7.94 x 5.32
Harper Perennial; ISBN: 0380796058; (April 10, )

More Books on the War of Independence

The American Colonies : From Settlement to Independence
by Richard C. Simmons
Paperback - 438 pages (January 1981)
W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393009998

American Eras : The Revolutionary Era 1754-1783
(American Eras Vol 7)
Hardcover - 450 pages (November )
Gale Research; ISBN: 0787614807

The American Revolution
by Colin Bonwick
Paperback - 336 pages 1st Ed. edition (September 1991)
Univ Pr of Virginia; ISBN: 0813913470

Battles of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1781 (Major Battles and Campaigns ;3)
by W. J. Wood, John S. D. Eisenhower (Editor)
Listed under Battles of the Revolutionary War
 

Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero : An American Warrior Reconsidered
by James Kirby Martin
The name Benedict Arnold survives today as a synonym for treachery. Author James Kirby Martin points out that Arnold's life, however, was not a simple black-and-white morality play--high-school textbook narratives to the contrary. Indeed, under different circumstances the American Judas might have gone down in history as the most revered military leader of the Revolutionary War, save George Washington. "His treason was shocking because of the magnitude of his contributions to the Revolutionary effort," writes Kirby, a professor at the University of Houston. In this revisionist account, Kirby suggests that Arnold was more a victim of his own inept political skills than a slave to base motives. A complex psychology was at work as well: Arnold always felt underappreciated by his colleagues, especially after victories at Saratoga. Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero presents a detailed account of an often misunderstood man. Amazon.com
Hardcover - 540 pages
New York Univ Pr; ISBN: 0814755607
 
Benjamin, Lincoln and the American Revolution
by David B. Mattern
Paperback - 317 pages Reprint edition
Univ of South Carolina Pr; ISBN: 1570032602

Beyond Philadelphia : The American Revolution in the Pennsylvania Hinterland
by John B. Frantz (Editor), William Pencak (Editor)
Paperback - 296 pages
Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt); ISBN: 0271017678

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the American Revolution
by Jack P. Greene (Editor), J.R. Pole (Editor)
Paperback (April )
Blackwell Pub; ISBN: 1557865477

Chainbreaker's War: A Seneca Chief Remembers the American Revolution
by Jeanne Winston Adler
Listed under Seneca Indians

Daniel Morgan: Revolutionary Rifleman
by Don Higginbotham
Paperback: Univ of North Carolina Pr; ISBN: 0807813869; (September 1961)

Dates of the American Revolution
by Harry J. Karapalides
1998

The Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas
by Carl Lotus Becker
Paperback (March 1958)
Random House
(Paper); ISBN: 0394700600

Encyclopedia of the American Revolution
by Michael Boatner
Hardcover: 1312 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 2.50 x 8.70 x 5.64 
Publisher: Stackpole Books; Reprint edition
ISBN: 0811705781 

A Few Bloody Noses: The Realities and Mythologies of the American Revolution
by Robert Harvey
(Hardcover -- May 9, )
The American Revolution, writes English scholar Robert Harvey, was a defining event in modern world history, creating "the mightiest nation in human experience." Yet, he adds, in his country the revolution is ignored, while on the American side of the Atlantic it's "clouded by a fog of myth" that prevents understanding. Harvey seeks to illuminate the realities of the conflict. One, as he writes, is the war's strange similarity to Vietnam, not just in the role of guerrilla and militia versus conventional forces, but also in the antiwar strife it produced at home. Another of Harvey's myth-bursting themes is his insistence, contrary to many American textbooks, that the British commanders were not uniformly incompetent, American commanders not uniformly heroic; he cites many examples to show that neither side had a monopoly on either bravery or incompetence. Still another is his argument that the constitutional outcome of the revolution was in many ways a betrayal of the very principles for which the revolution was fought--a charge sure to excite controversy. Harvey's approach is balanced, his writing engaging, and students of the period will learn much from him. --Gregory McNamee - Amazon.com

From Savannah to Yorktown: The American Revolution in the South
by Henry Lumpkin
April 2000

The French Army in the American War of Independence (Men-At-Arms Series No. 244)
Rene Chartrand, Francis Back (Illustrator)
Paperback / Published 1992

From Resistance to Revolution : Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765-1776
by Pauline Maier
Paperback Reprint edition (January 1992)
W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393308251

Faces of Revolution : Personalities and Themes in the Struggle for American Independence
by Bernard Bailyn
Paperback - 296 pages Reprint edition (September 1992)
Vintage Books; ISBN: 0679736239

General Washington's Army : 1775-1778 (Men-At-Arms, No 273) Vol 1
Marko Zlatich, et al
Paperback

General Washington's Army : 1779-1783 (Men-At-Arms, No 290)
Marko Zlatich, William Younghusband (Illustrator)
Paperback / Published 1995

George Washington's War: The Saga of the American Revolution
by Robert Leckie
Paperback: 688 pages
Harper Perennial; ISBN: 006092215X
Reprint edition

The Glorious Cause : The American Revolution, 1763-1789
by Robert Middlekauff
This outstanding narrative history, the first volume to appear in the Oxford History of the United States, offers an intimate view of the development of the Revolutionary War, the battle between the colonies and the motherland, and the establishment of the American republic. The Publisher
Paperback Reprint edition (May 1986)
Oxford Univ Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0195035755

A Hessian Diary of the American Revolution
by Johann Conrad Dohla, Bruce E. Burgoyne (Translator)
Translated from the 1913 German edition of a diary written by one of the Hessian mercenaries employed by by George III. Db.
Paperback (March 1993)
Univ of Oklahoma Pr (Trd); ISBN: 0806125306

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
by Bernard Bailyn
Paperback - 396 pages Enlarged edition (March 1992)
Belknap Pr; ISBN: 0674443020

Military Buttons of the American Revolution
by Don Troiani
Hardcover: 200 pages
Thomas Publications; ISBN: 1577470613

Maryland Loyalists in the American Revolution
by M. Christopher New
Hardcover - 200 pages (December )
Tidewater Pub; ISBN: 0870334956

Patriots of the American Revolution : True Accounts by Great Americans, from Ethan Allen to George Rogers Clark
by Richard M. Dorson (editor)
December 1998 

Partisans and Redcoats: The Southern Conflict that Turned the Tide of the American Revolution
by Walter B. Edgar
October 2001

Paul Revere's Ride
by David Hackett Fischer
April 1995

Radicalism of the American Revolution
by Gordon S. Wood
Paperback Rep edition (March 1993)
Random House
(Paper); ISBN: 0679736883

Redcoats and Rebels : The American Revolution Through British Eyes
by Christopher Hibbert
Paperback Rep edition (October 1991)
Avon Books (Pap Trd); ISBN: 0380715449

Revolutionary America 1763 to 1800 (Almanacs of American Life)
by Thomas L. Purvis, Richard Balkin (Editor)
Hardcover: 144 pages
Modern Library; ISBN: 0679640576; (January 22, )

The Revolutionary War in the Hackensack Valley: The Jersey Dutch and the Neutral Ground, 1775-1783
by Adrian C. Leiby
Paperback from Rutgers University Press
1980

The Revolutionary War Memoirs of General Henry Lee
by Robert E. Lee (Editor), Henry Lee, Charles Royster (Introduction)
Paperback: 647 pages
Da Capo Press; ISBN: 0306808412; (April )

The Spirit of 'Seventy-Six: The Story of the American Revolution As Told by Participants
by Henry Steele Commager (Editor), Richard B. Morris (Editor)
Paperback: 1348 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press; ISBN: 0306806207; (April )

A Short History of the American Revolution
by James L. Stokesbury
January 1993 (Reprint)

Yankee Doodle Boy: A Young Soldier's Adventures in the American Revolution Told by Himself
by Joseph Plumb Martin, George F. Scheer (Editor)
School & Library Binding: 190 pages
Holiday House; ISBN: 0823411761; Reissue edition (April )
 

A Young Patriot : The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy
A Young Patriot : The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy
by Jim Murphy
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Book Description: In the summer of 1776, Joseph Plumb Martin was a fifteen-year-old Connecticut farm boy who considered himself "as warm a patriot as the best of them." He enlisted that July and stayed in the revolutionary army until hostilities ended in 1783. Martin fought under Washington, Lafayette, and Steuben. He took part in major battles in New York, Monmouth, and Yorktown. He wintered at Valley Forge and then at Morristown, considered even more severe. He wrote of his war years in a memoir that brings the American Revolution alive with telling details, drama, and a country boy's humor. Jim Murphy lets Joseph Plumb Martin speak for himself throughout the text, weaving in historical background details wherever necessary, giving voice to a teenager who was an eyewitness to the fight that set America free from the British Empire. 
Paperback from Houghton Mifflin Co
 
The War for American Independence: From 1760 to the Surrender at Yorktown in 1781
The War for American Independence: From 1760 to the Surrender at Yorktown in 1781
by Samuel B., II Griffith
Book Description: Including both attention to strategic policies in Britain and France and personal accounts of colonial soldiers, The War for American Independence provides an unprecedented view of America's struggle for independence in its world context. With wit, clarity, and dramatic effect, Samuel B. Griffith II vivifies the characters and incidents of the period on both sides of the Atlantic, drawing from personal diaries and letters, newspaper accounts, and detailed battle maps to create a unique alternative to standard histories of the period.

This enduring and exceptionally readable resource, first published in 1976 under the title In Defense of the Public Liberty: Britain, America, and the Struggle for Independence from 1760 to the Surrender at Yorktown in 1781, was honored with the Sons of Liberty Award for the best book on the American Revolution. 
Paperback from Univ of Illinois Pr (Trd)

 
The Winter of Red Snow : The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777 (Dear America)
by Kristiana Gregory
Listed under Dear America Series

The Voices of 1776: The Story of the American Revolution in the Words of Those Who Were There
by Richard Wheeler (Editor), Bruce Catton
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