Read the Revolution

Read the Revolution is a biweekly email featuring excerpts from exciting, thought-provoking books about the American Revolution. It features a diverse range of genres, including history, memoir, biography, children's books, and even on occasion historical fiction. 

July 15, 2014

A Generous and Merciful Enemy

Tens of thousands of German-speaking soldiers — called "Hessians" — were hired by the British Crown in 1776 to assist in the fight against the American rebels. Daniel Krebs' book A Generous and Merciful Enemy reveals the experience of these men.

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July 1, 2014


Everything changed the day the Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence. What had been a series of clashes over the rights of Britain's North American subjects was transformed into a full-blown war to establish an independent nation. David McCullough's book 1776: The Illustrated Edition captures American reactions in the immediate aftermath of the pronouncement, as the enormity of the action becomes clear.

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June 17, 2014

Bunker Hill

On the morning of June 17, 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill began. Ultimately the British would claim victory, though the Americans still had cause for celebration--the battle claimed significant British casualties and proved the Americans capable to take on the world’s best-trained army. In Nathaniel Philbrick’s Bunker Hill, he describes the uncertain, dramatic start to this legendary battle.

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