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 29, 2014

Going South

In the summer of 1781, General George Washington faced a crossroads. Two options lay before him: attempt to reclaim New York, or head south to defeat a British stronghold in Yorktown. Jack Kelly's book Band of Giants describes the circumstances surrounding Washington's important decision to march his troops to Virginia.

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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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