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Best Books on Revolutions

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Best Books on Revolutions
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David McCullough - 2006-07-04 (first published in 2005)
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In this masterful book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence - when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amo...
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Sean Junkins
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The Radicalism of the American Revolution
Gordon S. Wood - 1993-03-02
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In a grand and immemsely readable synthesis of historical, political, cultural, and economic analysis, a prize-winning historian describes the events that made the American Revolution. Gordon S. Wood depicts a revolution that was about much more than a break from England, rather it transformed an almost feudal society into a democratic one, whose e...
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The Men Who Started the American Revolution
A. J. Langguth - 1989-03-15 (first published in 1988)
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With meticulous research and page-turning suspense, Patriots brings to life the American Revolution—the battles, the treacheries, and the dynamic personalities of the men who forged our freedom.George Washington, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry—these heroes were men of intellect, passion, and ambition. From t...
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Ben Shapiro
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A Life
Ron Chernow - 2011-09-27 (first published in 2010)
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A gripping portrait of the first president of the United States from the author of Alexander Hamilton, the New York Times bestselling biography that inspired the musical.Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and depth matched by n...
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A Chronicle of the French Revolution
Simon Schama - 1990-03-17 (first published in 1989)
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Instead of a dying Old Regime, Schama presents an ebullient country, vital & inventive, infatuated with novelty & technology. A fresh view of Louis XVI's France. A NY Times cloth bestseller. 200 illustrations. Instead of a dying Old Regime, Schama presents an ebullient country, vital & inventive, infatuated with novelty & technology. A fresh view o...
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Angel in the Whirlwind
The Triumph of the American Revolution (Simon & Schuster America Collection)
Benson Bobrick - 2011-07-12 (first published in 1997)
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Angel in the Whirlwind is the epic tale of the American Revolution, from its roots among tax-weary colonists to the triumphant Declaration of Independence and eventual victory and liberty, recounted by Benson Bobrick, lauded by The New York Times as "perhaps the most interesting historian writing in America today." Overwhelmed with debt following i...
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Laurie Halse Anderson - 2010-01-05
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As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. Whe...
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Paul Revere's Ride
David Hackett Fischer - 1995-04-19
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Paul Revere's midnight ride is a legendary event in American history - yet it has been largely ignored by scholars, and left to patriotic writers and debunkers. Now one of the foremost American historians offers the first serious study of this event - what led to it, what really happened, what followed - uncovering a truth more remarkable than the ...
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Twelve Who Ruled
The Year of Terror in the French Revolution (Princeton Classics (99))
R. R. Palmer - 2017-04-04 (first published in 1941)
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The Reign of Terror continues to fascinate scholars as one of the bloodiest periods in French history, when the Committee of Public Safety strove to defend the first Republic from its many enemies, creating a climate of fear and suspicion in revolutionary France. R. R. Palmer's fascinating narrative follows the Committee's deputies individually and...
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Liberty's Exiles
American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
Maya Jasanoff - 2012-03-06
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NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNERThis groundbreaking book offers the first global history of the loyalist exodus to Canada, the Caribbean, Sierra Leone, India, and beyond. At the end of the American Revolution, sixty thousand Americans loyal to the British cause fled the United States and became refugees throughout the British Empire. Liber...
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Founding Brothers
Joseph J. Ellis - 2002-02-05
Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin
Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier by Joseph Plumb Martin
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Skinjacker Trilogy by Neal Shusterman
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle
Almost A Miracle by John Ferling
Washington by James Thomas Flexner
Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick
Washington's Immortals by Patrick K. O'Donnell
The Road to Guilford Courthouse by John Buchanan
The Men Who Lost America by Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy
Saratoga by Richard Ketchum
Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
Reporting the Revolutionary War by Todd Andrlik
With Zeal and With Bayonets Only by Matthew H. Spring
Decisive Day by Richard M. Ketchum
Igniting the American Revolution by Derek W. Beck
Founders by Ray Raphael
British Soldiers, American War by Don N. Hagist
The Invasion of Virginia, 1781 by Michael Cecere
The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 by Gordon S. Wood
John Adams by David McCullough
Independence by John Ferling
FORGOTTEN ALLIES by Joseph T. Glatthaar
The Spirit of 74 by Ray Raphael
Washington's Secret War by Thomas Fleming
A Devil of a Whipping by Lawrence E. Babits
The Negro in the American Revolution by Benjamin Quarles
Revolution on the Hudson by George C. Daughan
Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn
Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kröger
American Scripture by Pauline Maier
Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
The War for America, 1775-1783 by Piers MacKesy
The Old Regime and the French Revolution by Alexis de Tocqueville
The Stamp Act Crisis by Edmund S. Morgan
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
George Washington's Great Gamble by James Nelson
Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Perils of Peace by Thomas Fleming
American Sphinx by Joseph J. Ellis
Fatal Purity by Ruth Scurr
Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis
A History of the American Revolution by John R. Alden
The Glorious Cause by Robert Middlekauff
The War Of American Independence by Don Higginbotham
The American Revolution in Indian Country by Colin G. Calloway
Independence Lost by Kathleen Duval
The Marketplace of Revolution by T. H. Breen
The American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood
The Oxford History of the French Revolution by William Doyle
The Minutemen and Their World by Robert A. Gross
A Few Bloody Noses by Robert Harvey
Black Patriots and Loyalists by Alan Gilbert
The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan
Burger's Daughter by Nadine Gordimer
City of Love and Ashes by Yusuf Idris