11 Revolutionary War Stories to Celebrate Independence Day

July 2 2015

The Fourth of July is nearly upon us and we’re counting down the minutes until the cookouts and fireworks begin, but let’s take a moment to celebrate the soldiers and spies, the generals and everyday heroes who shaped our nation. These great books will help you relive the electric atmosphere of 1776!

1776
by David McCullough

Mandatory reading for any fan of American history, David McCullough’s masterful retelling of this pivotal year is a page-turner. Informative and entertaining, McCullough makes the well-known outcome seem as suspenseful and riveting as if you were witnessing it yourself.

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1776
David McCullough

In his book 1776, David McCullough illustrates the “OG” (aka “original gangster”) of American uprisings, led by General George Washington himself—the stirring story of our nation’s birth. This is an intensely human tale of the Americans in the ranks and the momentous 12 months of revolution in which they fought for independence.

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The Traitor's Wife
by Allison Pataki

This historical novel follows the love triangle that nearly destroyed America’s fight for freedom. It focuses on Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and the mastermind behind America’s most infamous—and misunderstood—act of treason.

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The Traitor's Wife
Allison Pataki

This historical novel follows the love triangle that nearly destroyed America’s fight for freedom. It focuses on Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and the mastermind behind America’s most infamous—and misunderstood—act of treason.

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Founding Brothers
by Joseph J. Ellis

In this landmark work of history, National Book Award-winner Joseph J. Ellis 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.

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Founding Brothers
Joseph J. Ellis

In this landmark work of history, National Book Award-winner Joseph J. Ellis 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.

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Alexander Hamilton
by Ron Chernow

In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Chernow tells the fascinating story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. Hamilton’s story will remind readers of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.

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Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow

In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Chernow tells the fascinating story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. Hamilton’s story will remind readers of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.

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Benjamin Franklin
by Walter Isaacson

In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Steve Jobs and The Innovators, provides the full sweep of Franklin’s amazing life, showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

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Benjamin Franklin
Walter Isaacson

In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Steve Jobs and The Innovators, provides the full sweep of Franklin’s amazing life, showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

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Founding Mothers
by Cokie Roberts

This intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families—and their country—proves that they were just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it.

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Founding Mothers
Cokie Roberts

This intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families—and their country—proves that they were just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it.

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Tories
by Thomas B. Allen

This oft-overlooked perspective examines how those who fought against independence were treated in early America. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t easy being a Tory.

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Tories
Thomas B. Allen

This oft-overlooked perspective examines how those who fought against independence were treated in early America. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t easy being a Tory.

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Rise to Rebellion
by Jeff Shaara

Jeff Shaara brilliantly brings to life the American Revolution, creating a superb saga of the men who helped to forge the destiny of a nation—revealing how philosophers became fighters, ideas their ammunition, and how a scattered group of colonies became the United States of America.

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Rise to Rebellion
Jeff Shaara

Jeff Shaara brilliantly brings to life the American Revolution, creating a superb saga of the men who helped to forge the destiny of a nation—revealing how philosophers became fighters, ideas their ammunition, and how a scattered group of colonies became the United States of America.

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Revolutionary
by Alex Myers

This fascinating novel follows a fierce-tempered young woman so determined to take up arms against the British that she enlists as a man. This is the story of remarkable courage, hope, and fear that shaped her odyssey.

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Revolutionary
Alex Myers

This fascinating novel follows a fierce-tempered young woman so determined to take up arms against the British that she enlists as a man. This is the story of remarkable courage, hope, and fear that shaped her odyssey.

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City of Dreams
by Beverly Swerling

Colonial Manhattan is full of drama, intrigue, and excitement in this beloved series of novels. Following the tale of an immigrant family that settles in Nieuw Amsterdam, these novels follow generations of doctors and traders, families and enemies, all of whom will have a place in the war that consumes their young country.

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City of Dreams
Beverly Swerling

Colonial Manhattan is full of drama, intrigue, and excitement in this beloved series of novels. Following the tale of an immigrant family that settles in Nieuw Amsterdam, these novels follow generations of doctors and traders, families and enemies, all of whom will have a place in the war that consumes their young country.

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April Morning
by Howard Fast

On April 18, 1775, musket shots ring out over Lexington, Massachusetts. As the sun rises over the battlefield, fifteen-year-old Adam Cooper stands among the outmatched patriots, facing a line of British troops. Sweeping in scope and masterful in execution, this novel is a classic of American literature.

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April Morning
Howard Fast

On April 18, 1775, musket shots ring out over Lexington, Massachusetts. As the sun rises over the battlefield, fifteen-year-old Adam Cooper stands among the outmatched patriots, facing a line of British troops. Sweeping in scope and masterful in execution, this novel is a classic of American literature.

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