History Gift Guide – Books on the American Revolution

History Gift Guide – Books on the American Revolution

Lead by men, both militarily and politically, the American Revolution was a fight for freedom.  The ripples of this fight can still be felt today.  History books on the American Revolution focus a lot on the Founding Fathers, as it was these brilliant men who conceived and created what would become the greatest nation on earth.

Here’s a list of some of the best history books on the American Revolution!

[amazon_link id=”0743226720″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]1776 by David G. McCullough[/amazon_link]

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 amounted to little more than words on paper. Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is a powerful drama written with extraordinary narrative vitality. It is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the King’s men, the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known.

[amazon_link id=”1594202664″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow[/amazon_link]

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one-volume life of Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America’s first president.

[amazon_link id=”1451554451″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin[/amazon_link]

Benjamin Franklin is one of the most delightful of the Founding Fathers to read. He is quick to point out both his successes and failures. A man of many talents, his wisdom is still relevant today.

[amazon_link id=”141657588X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]John Adams by David G. McCullough[/amazon_link]

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one-volume life of Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America’s first president.

[amazon_link id=”019531588X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 (Oxford History of the United States) by Robert Middlekauf[/amazon_link]

The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically acclaimed volume–a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize–offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic. Beginning with the French and Indian War and continuing to the election of George Washington as first president, Robert Middlekauff offers a panoramic history of the conflict between England and America, highlighting the drama and anguish of the colonial struggle for independence.

[amazon_link id=”0375705244″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis[/amazon_link]

In this landmark work of history, the National Book Award—winning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals–Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison–confronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for our nation.

[amazon_link id=”0679764410″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis[/amazon_link]

For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight–and not only during his active political career. After 1809, his longed-for retirement was compromised by a steady stream of guests and tourists who made of his estate at Monticello a virtual hotel, as well as by more than one thousand letters per year, most from strangers, which he insisted on answering personally. In his twilight years Jefferson was already taking on the luster of a national icon, which was polished off by his auspicious death (on July 4, 1896).

[amazon_link id=”1400032539″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis[/amazon_link]

To this landmark biography of our first president, Joseph J. Ellis brings the exacting scholarship, shrewd analysis, and lyric prose that have made him one of the premier historians of the Revolutionary era. Training his lens on a figure who sometimes seems as remote as his effigy on Mount Rushmore, Ellis assesses George Washington as a military and political leader and a man whose “statue-like solidity” concealed volcanic energies and emotions.

[amazon_link id=”0199832463″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford History of the United States) by Gordon S. Wood[/amazon_link]

The Oxford History of the United States is by far the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. The series includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, two New York Times bestsellers, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. Now, in the newest volume in the series, one of America’s most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812.

[amazon_link id=”0684807610″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson[/amazon_link]

Benjamin Franklin is the Founding Father who winks at us. An ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings, he seems made of flesh rather than of marble. In bestselling author Walter Isaacson’s vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin seems to turn to us from history’s stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. By bringing Franklin to life, Isaacson shows how he helped to define both his own time and ours.

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