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9 Best American Revolution Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best American Revolution books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best american revolution books" into our search engine and study the top 4 pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2023)

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    David McCullough


    John Adams

    David McCullough

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    Paul Revere's Ride

    David Hackett Fischer

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  • What are some of the best books on the American Revolution that every history buff should have on their bookshelf?

    Well, if you're talking about must-have Revolutionary War books, you'd be looking at titles like "1776" by David McCullough, which offers a comprehensive war view of that pivotal year, and "The First American" by H.W. Brands, which provides a riveting biographical account of Benjamin Franklin. Another great book is "The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution" by Bernard Breen, which delves into the intellectual history that spurred the revolution.

  • Could you suggest some books that bring out the personal experiences of Americans during the revolutionary war?

    Absolutely! "The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution" by Alfred F. Young provides a very personal story of an ordinary American, presenting a unique perspective on the revolutionary war. Another one is "Washington's Crossing" by David Hackett Fischer, it offers an intimate look at George Washington's leadership.

  • I'm interested in broadening my scope beyond American history. Are there any books that compare the American Revolution with the French Revolution?

    A good book that does exactly that is "Revolutions Compared: The American and French Revolutions" by Bob Breen. It unpacks the differences and similarities between the two revolutions, providing a comparative review view of both historical events.

  • What are some books on American Revolution history that are suitable for younger readers?

    "The American Revolution for Kids: A History with 21 Activities" by Janis Herbert is a great book. It weaves a captivating story of the revolution while interspersing fun and educational activities. "George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides" by Rosalyn Schanzer offers a balanced view of the revolution, humanizing both George Washington and King George III.

  • I am particularly interested in African Americans' role in the revolution. Any books you can recommend?

    "Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence" by Alan Gilbert is a riveting book that tells the often overlooked story of black Americans' participation in the revolutionary war. Similarly, "The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution" by Sidney Kaplan explores the society of the time and the act of black Americans during the revolution.

  • Can you recommend some books that deal with the theory and ideas behind the American Revolution?

    "The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution" by Bernard Bailyn is a great book that delves into the intellectual underpinnings of the revolution. "Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788" by Pauline Maier, provides a closer look at the debates and ideas that shaped America.

  • I have heard that the book 'Alexander Hamilton' by Ron Chernow is a good read. What is your view?

    "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow is absolutely a worthwhile read! Chernow's book formed the basis for the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" and is a superbly researched and well-written biography of Hamilton, one of the key figures in the American Revolution.

  • Where can I find good deals on Revolutionary War history books?

    You can find competitive prices and deals on Revolutionary War history books on Amazon. Enjoy a wide selection from their vast catalog. You could also check Barnes & Noble, they often have deals on history books.

  • How about something with a modern twist, like a podcast or audiobook version of American Revolution history?

    For a modern take on the American Revolution, you might want to look at "Revolutions" by Mike Duncan. It's a podcast that covers various revolutions throughout history, including the American Revolution. As for audiobooks, "1776" by David McCullough is a great book available in audio format.

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