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The First Salute 1988
Barbara Tuchman ISBN:0394553330
The American Revolution seen through the contending interests of
the European countries, the naval aspects of the struggle, and the
culminating Yorktown campaign. See some of Tuchman's other
books at Amazon, or find them used through .
Patriots: The Men who Started the
American Revolution 1988 A J Langguth ISBN:0671523759
(hardcover) ISBN:0671675621 (paper)
Interesting method presenting the Revolution. Each chapter
moves forward in time and focuses primarily on one person's
biography, but several mini-bio's are presented, and each moves
the story of the struggle forward.
Another Such Victory 1981 Thomas E
The story of a narrow Patriot defeat at the hands of Cornwallis,
which crippled his army, led him to abandon plans of conquering
the southern colonies, and ultimately brought his army to Yorktown
Battles of the Revolutionary War 1775-1781
1995 William J Wood ISBN:0306806177
Good chapters on some of the major battles of the war. The end
focuses on the "Chesapeake Capes" and the naval duel, rather
than Cornwallis at Yorktown, which is a better way to explain why he
could not get away than the focus of most books on the war.
The Minutemen 1989 John Galvin
Written by a US General, at the time Supreme Allied Commander,
Europe. This book examines the background, training, and
preparations of both British and Patriots before Lexington
and Concord and follows the course of the battles that day.
He sets several standard conceptions of the Minutemen on their
heels. If someone has it available at buy it.
American Battlefields 1995 Howard
This book is more a history than a guide book. It
describes battles fought on American soil, with
descriptions of the major conflicts, sidebars on tactics,
units, and arms, customized maps for major battles, and
summaries of the action running from a few paragraphs to a
Lords of the Land 1977 Dana L Thomas
A financial writer with several other books to his credit, Thomas
took a look at famous and infamous land deals in our history.
has this or one of his other books for sale.
Battles and Leaders of the Civil War
various eds. Four Volumes.
Originally published some years after the war by The Century
magazine, this is probably the largest collection of first-person
(almost all high-ranking officers) accounts of the campaigns and
battles of the war. Although it seems to be perpetually on the
cut-out tables (our volumes were bought 30 years ago as cutouts), it
also seems to always be available. Check with
for availability of recent, or old, editions.
The War of 1812 A Forgotten Conflict, 1990
Donald R Hickey ISBN:0252060598
The writing is a bit dry, but this was the first major study of the
war in almost a century. Good background reading on a
little-known war that had far-reaching consequences. Look for
it first at
Undaunted Courage 1996 Stephen E Ambrose
The Story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, told by one of the
best-selling history authors ever. Find it at Amazon
Undaunted Courage or .
Lincoln At Gettysburg 1992 Garry
Always thought provoking, Wills examines the Gettysburg address as a
speech, as a crystallization of Lincoln's thought, and the
circumstances surrounding the address. Find a copy at
Wilderness at Dawn The Settling of the
North American Continent 1993 Ted Morgan ISBN:0671690884
A history of settlement of the continent, from the crossing of
the Bering Land Bridge to the establishment of the United States,
largely as seen by the actions and words of ordinary people.
The Dawn's Early Light 1972 Walter Lord
An account of the British campaign in the War of 1812 which led to
the burning of much of Washington, D.C. and the writing of the
"Star Spangled Banner." Written by Walter Lord, probably
best known for his account of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Day
The Great Divide 1988 Studs Terkel
Any of Studs Terkel's books could have been at the head of this
section. He can get anyone to talk to him, and then take
dozens and hundreds of conversations and winds them around a theme.
This book is about what happened to our culture in the 1980's.
If you want a good cross-section about what real people have thought
about in the 20th century, take a look at all of Studs' books.
Paul Revere's Ride 1994 David Hackett
Fischer ISBN:0195088476 (hard), ISBN:0195098315 (paper)
A detailed account of the famous ride from Boston, with background
on the events leading up to it and the battle that followed.
Lots of maps. (bravo!)
A Short Chronology of American History
1952 Irving S and Nell M Kull
There are more recent chronologies out there, but this one has a
nice clean layout. Year by year, with a brief annotation for
each major event of the year, then brief annotations for days on
which events occurred.
American Patriots 2001 Gail Buckley
The history of African Americans in U S military history, starting
with Crispus Attucks in pre-Revolutionary Boston and going through
Don't Know Much About History Kenneth
A little of this, a little of that. Question and answer format
with additional material. History with some wit and humor.
A People's History of the United States
A populist history, told from the bottom up -- how and what moved
ordinary people to participate in the history we usually read about
from above looking down.
Album of American History 1985 ISBN
0684174405 6 volumes of pictures in chronological order,
mostly photographs, all in black & white.
United States History Atlas