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Post Books: Best Books on The American Revolution

There are a lot of good books on the American Revolution, too. One of them is The Day the American Revolution Began: 19 April 1775, which does a play-by-play of the whole day (starting the night before) and then lists the days that the word of the Battles of Lexington and Concord reached the major cities of the colonies.

Another good book, but one I have only heard (unabridged) on cassette, is Sergeant Lamb's America. In this book, an Irish conscript, who really existed, is brought to the Americas to suppress our revolution. Based on his life and historical facts, this novel provides realism for a British soldier fighting the Continentals.

What are your favorite books on the War of the American Revolution?

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Re: BEST BOOKS - American Revolution

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There are a lot of good books on the American Revolution, too. One of them is The Day the American Revolution Began: 19 April 1775, which does a play-by-play of the whole day (starting the night before) and then lists the days that the word of the Battles of Lexington and Concord reached the major cities of the colonies.

Another good book, but one I have only heard (unabridged) on cassette, is Sergeant Lamb's America. In this book, an Irish conscript, who really existed, is brought to the Americas to suppress our revolution. Based on his life and historical facts, this novel provides realism for a British soldier fighting the Continentals.

What are your favorite books on the War of the American Revolution?

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Although I've read the ACW books by John and Jeff Shaara, I have yet to read the series that takes place during the revolution.

has anyone read them? I assume they are of the qulity of his/thier other books.
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Although I've read the ACW books by John and Jeff Shaara, I have yet to read the series that takes place during the revolution.

has anyone read them? I assume they are of the qulity of his/thier other books.
I didn't know that the Shaara's had any books set in the Revolutionary period.
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I didn't know that the Shaara's had any books set in the Revolutionary period.
They are called "Rise to Rebellion" and "The Glorious Cause".

Also, there is "Gone for Soldiers" and it take place during the Mexican-American War....and it kicks butt!
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David Hackett Fischer is an excellent historian who has written two excellent books on the American Revolution. Paul Revere's Ride is about the events leading up to April 19, 1775 and the battle of Lexington and Concord. His newest book is Washington's Crossing and is about the forging of the American Army, and the battles of Trenton and Princeton.

One can not truly understand the Revolution without a firm grasp of the Seven Years' War in North America. The best book on that subject is Crucible of War by Fred Anderson.
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David Hackett Fischer is an excellent historian who has written two excellent books on the American Revolution. Paul Revere's Ride is about the events leading up to April 19, 1775 and the battle of Lexington and Concord. His newest book is Washington's Crossing and is about the forging of the American Army, and the battles of Trenton and Princeton.

One can not truly understand the Revolution without a firm grasp of the Seven Years' War in North America. The best book on that subject is Crucible of War by Fred Anderson.
All three of these books would be my first choice.
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David Hackett Fischer is an excellent historian who has written two excellent books on the American Revolution. Paul Revere's Ride is about the events leading up to April 19, 1775 and the battle of Lexington and Concord. His newest book is Washington's Crossing and is about the forging of the American Army, and the battles of Trenton and Princeton.

One can not truly understand the Revolution without a firm grasp of the Seven Years' War in North America. The best book on that subject is Crucible of War by Fred Anderson.
I just bought Washington's Crossing based on the CSPAN2 talk I saw.
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I would recommend Private Yankee Doodle by Joseph Plumb Martin. Only first person account I know of by a line soldier in the revolution. Gives a good sense of the experience of being on the line in the revolution.
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Revolutionary War Reading List? Help!

Hello,

I don't know if I've come to the right place.

I would like anybody here who's very knowledgable on the subject of Revolutionary War (1776 to 1783) to provide a list of suggested books to read on.

I prefer to focus on the military campaigns and how the warfare was practiced during that time. For example, I've found a good book on the battle of Cowpens, an important, but often overlooked battle in the South (I think in North Carolina) that describes how both American and British Regulars fought. I liked that book, I think it was written by Bobbits (no pun intended )or something like that.

I've noticed that the books on Revolutionary War are very to come by except for biographies of certain famous people like George Washington or Benjamin Franklin.

I would also like to find some good books from the British perspective. I would like to know how the British Empire felt about losing her most precious colonial possessions to a band of ragtag American Regulars and Militamen led by a general with a mixed track record...

Thanks in advance.

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I am half way through Lawrence E. Babit's new book "Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse." Very concise and engaging. Once you get started, it is hard to put down.

http://www.amazon.com/Long-Obstinate...5520418&sr=1-1
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I am half way through Lawrence E. Babit's new book "Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse." Very concise and engaging. Once you get started, it is hard to put down.

http://www.amazon.com/Long-Obstinate...5520418&sr=1-1
Cool! I didn't know it was out.

Gotta pick this one up. It's one of my very favorite battles.

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Cool! I didn't know it was out.

Gotta pick this one up. It's one of my very favorite battles.

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I pre-ordered it from Amazon, and got it on the 20th. It is 217 pages plus the glossary and appendix. Hope you enjoy it Eric.
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Cool! I didn't know it was out.

Gotta pick this one up. It's one of my very favorite battles.

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You know if Peter Francisco is involved there's going to be some serious action.

Eric, as a historian can you think of any other single American rank and file soldier (ie, a "grunt"..........no officers) that had as much impact on the outcome of multiple major battles. Especially since his actions were in such formative years of the nation.

I've often thought that one of the great "what ifs" of history would have been if Peter Francisco had never landed on American shores as a kidnapped small child from the Azores..........


BTW, I just ordered "Continuous Fight........" to fullfill by bookclub membership. I'm really looking forward to getting it.
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You know if Peter Francisco is involved there's going to be some serious action.

Eric, as a historian can you think of any other single American rank and file soldier (ie, a "grunt"..........no officers) that had as much impact on the outcome of multiple major battles. Especially since his actions were in such formative years of the nation.
I can't. As you say, a remarkable character.

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I've often thought that one of the great "what ifs" of history would have been if Peter Francisco had never landed on American shores as a kidnapped small child from the Azores..........
Good question. It reminds me of the circumstances of Alexander Hamilton. Imagine if neither of them had ever arrived here to play a role in our revolution....

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I hope you enjoy it, and I will look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

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I would also recommend the following books.

"From Savannah to Yorktown: The American Revolution in the South" (Henry Lumpkin)

"Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes" (Christopher Hibbert)

"The Southern Strategy: Britain's Conquest Of South Carolina And Georgia, 1775-1780" (David K. Wilson)

"The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution" (Barnet Schecter)
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