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Best Books on Revolutions

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Best Books on Revolutions
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David McCullough - Jun 27, 2006 (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 - Mar 02, 1993
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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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Paul Revere's Ride
David Hackett Fischer - Apr 19, 1995
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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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Angel in the Whirlwind
The Triumph of the American Revolution (Simon & Schuster America Collection)
Benson Bobrick - Jul 12, 2011 (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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Liberty's Exiles
American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
Maya Jasanoff - Mar 06, 2012
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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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Revolutionary Mothers
Women in the Struggle for America's Independence
Carol Berkin - Feb 14, 2006
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The American Revolution was a home-front war that brought scarcity, bloodshed, and danger into the life of every American. In this groundbreaking history, Carol Berkin shows us how women played a vital role throughout the conflict.The women of the Revolution were most active at home, organizing boycotts of British goods, raising funds for the fledg...
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Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow - Mar 29, 2005 (first published in 2004)
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scanda...
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The Men Who Started the American Revolution
A. J. Langguth - Mar 15, 1989 (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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The Skinjacker Trilogy
Everlost; Everwild; Everfound
Neal Shusterman - Oct 01, 2013 (first published in 2008)
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Explore the world of Everlost in Neal Shusterman’s acclaimed Skinjacker trilogy, now available in one boxed set.When Nick and Allie die in a car crash, their souls end up in Everlost—the shadow world between life and death. There, they will explore a fascinating new landscape, discover who they want to be—and fight a battle that will decide the fat...
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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Becky Chambers - Jul 05, 2016
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Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space-and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe-in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen be...
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A Life
Ron Chernow - Sep 27, 2011 (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...
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
The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 by Gordon S. Wood
Saratoga by Richard Ketchum
Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kröger
Reporting the Revolutionary War by Todd Andrlik
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
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
Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
Independence by John Ferling
FORGOTTEN ALLIES by Joseph T. Glatthaar
The Spirit of 74 by Ray Raphael
Washington's Secret War by Thomas Fleming
John Adams by David McCullough
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
American Scripture by Pauline Maier
The War for America, 1775-1783 by Piers MacKesy
The Stamp Act Crisis by Edmund S. Morgan
George Washington's Great Gamble by James Nelson
The Perils of Peace by Thomas Fleming
American Sphinx by Joseph J. Ellis
Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
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 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