What are the best books about the American Revolution?

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    1776
    Written by the well-known historian David McCullough, 1776 recounts the birth of America as a free and independent nation. It chronicles the American Revolution until the Declaration of Independence.
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    Alexander Jacobs
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "The most spellbinding account of history I've read so far! I could not put this book down! When I realize all that American soldiers endured during the Revolution, the situations that favored us merely by chance, and the miraculous deeds that eventually won the war for us, I am in awe of America! George Washington was not perfect, nor were his men. And maybe it's that imperfection which elevates them to true hero status, because they overcame countless defeats and obstacles, but also their own vices and insufficiencies in order to win the war for American independence."
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    #2Miracle At Philadelphia

    Miracle At Philadelphia
    Miracle at Philadelphia is Catherine Drinker Bowen's canonical account of the Federal Convention in Philadelphia, filled with actual arguments made in the debate that shaped the beginnings of the United States.
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    Lauren Morrison
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen is a book that tells the story of the american revolution in an accurate and captivating way. It features actual arguments made in the debate that shaped the beginnings of the United States."
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    #3Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    Benjamin Franklin: An American Life is Walter Isaacson's in-depth biography detailing the life of the legendary American hero, from his scientific advancements, his media works, businesses, and his role as a founding father.

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    Michelle Howard
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "I really like to read about history in a way that is not all textbook. I enjoyed reading about Benjamin Franklin, but I do not think this is a good book about the American Revolution. This book is more about his life and what he did. Sure, there are some aspects of the American Revolution, but not devoted entirely to it. I wasn't disappointed because I love history, but it wasn't what I thought it was going to be."
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    #4The Creation of the American Republic

    The Creation of the American Republic
    The Creation of the American Republic is Gordon S. Wood's detailed account of his study about how the Americans planned and fought for independence from the British Empire from 1776 to 1787.
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    Vincent Ramirez
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "If, as a professional academic historian, you get name-checked in a popular movie like Good Will Hunting, you know you've made it big. Gordon Wood's contributions to our understanding of the early American Republic and profound and still unsurpassed. How do you like them apples?"
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    #5The Radicalism of the American Revolution

    The Radicalism of the American Revolution

    The Radicalism of the American Revolution is Gordon S. Wood's study of the situations surrounding the American Revolution, pointing out that the fight not only expelled Britain, it also transformed the society from feudalism to democracy.

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    Ralph Riley
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "As a study of the radicalism of the American Revolution, The Radicalism of the American Revolution looks at situations surrounding it, showing how the transformation of society was necessary to ensure forward progress and survival."
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    #6Almost a Miracle

    Almost a Miracle

    Almost a Miracle is John Ferling's narration of the worst side of the American Revolution, from its harsh effects one the people and in the fact that a few mistakes could have cost the Americans the war.

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    Albert Gray
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "I bought this after taking a history class because what I learned wasn't enough for me. Very informative and entertaining."
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    #7The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

    The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

    The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution is Bernard Bailyn's narration and argument about the ideological origins of the revolution and if the American Constitution applied the ideas that sparked the revolution.

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    Kelly Ford
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "This book is offered in paperback, hardcover and kindle edition. This book by Bernard Bailey dwelves into the nation-wide debate on the ratification of the Constitution, the struggle over the foundations of the national government and the principles of the Revolution."
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    #8American Creation

    American Creation

    American Creation is Joseph J. Ellis' book detailing the triumphs and tragedies the Founding Fathers had to undergo to create one of the most powerful nations in the world, from the battle of Lexington to the Louisiana Purchase.

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    Christian Perez
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "This is a decent solution to the topic. It is a book about the American Revolution. However; there are a lot of books about this topic. This one does have over 1000 reviews and many are very good, while there is a smaller percentage that did not like this book, which would make it hard to call it the best. "
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    #9His Excellency: George Washington

    His Excellency: George Washington

    Joseph J. Ellis' account of George Washington's life focuses on three aspects: Washington's service in the military, his generalship during the American revolution, and his time as the first president of the United States. 

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    Martha Watson
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "If you are overwhelmed by some of the longer bios of Washington, this isn't too long and does a good job exploring his life."
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    #10American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

    American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

    Years after his retirement from the public eye, and even with his political career over, Thomas Jefferson was still a very popular man, and his house was a very important tourist destination even when he was still alive. This book, tries to explain his character, and what allowed him to become one of the most popular presidents of all time. 

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    Patricia Wallace
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "The book 'American Sphinx:The Character of Thomas Jefferson' is a great read about the former president. I also liked that the president had interesting quirks like singing under his breath and writing 10 hours a day. I also like that the author showed both sides of the president, hero to some and villian to others. Great read."
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    #11Johnny Tremain

    Johnny Tremain

    Johnny Tremain is a book by Esther Hoskins Forbes that tells the story of Johnny. He is a young apprentice silversmith whose caught up in the danger and excitement of 1775 Boston. He will have an important discovery he makes in his own life.

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    Ashley McDonald
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "This book is great for ages 11 and up. I homeschool, so I'm always on the lookout for well written, interesting, historically accurate books for my children. This is a good choice for the American Revolution time frame. This is fiction, but it helps you envision life during that time frame. A good choice for middle school ages. "
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    #12Washington: A Life

    Washington: A Life

    Washington: A Life is a biography written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Rob Chernow. It chronicles the life of the founding father and the first man to be the president of the United States of America, George Washington.

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    Brian Warren
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "I love books and this book about George Washington is well detailed and interesting to read.It has the most important information that will keep you glued to the book.It was amazing on my side and I loved it."
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    #13Washington's Crossing

    Washington's Crossing
    Washington's Crossing: Pivotal Moments in American History is a biography written by award-winning historian and author David Hackett Fischer. It was released in February 2004 and won the Pulitzer Prize for History.
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    Howard Ortega
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Washington's Crossing: Pivotal Moments in American History was a very interesting read and I learned quite a few new things. I am a history buff and thought that this book was a very accurate reflection of the times. I thought the author did a great job of keeping the reader engaged as well."
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    #14Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

    Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
    Founding Brothers follows the lives of six men—Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, and Adams—through ideological struggle and their staunch fight for democracy 
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    Billy Lane
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "For those who are big history buffs like myself, Founding Brothers is a nice tale. It's an even more fascinating study about the human condition."
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    #15Alexander Hamilton

    Alexander Hamilton

    Written by the multi-awarded historian Ron Chernow, this Alexander Hamilton biography is a comprehensive account of Hamilton's life and accomplishments that helped shape newborn America into what it is today. 

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    Brian Jackson
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "I got a good grasp of the american revolution from hamilton"
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    #16The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr

    The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr

    The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr is a historical drama and biography written by H.W. Brands. It was originally released in 2012. It is about Aaron Burr and his colorful life as one of the founding fathers.

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    Katherine Ruiz
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "If you like American history, you'll like this. It paints a vivid picture of Aaron Burr and the American Revolution. I couldn't put it down."
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    #17Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

    Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

    Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory is a non-fiction book written by David W. Blight which talks about the aftermath of the Civil War in the United States of America. 

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    Christian Stewart
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I was of two minds about this book. On one hand, it was very scholarly and well-researched. On the other, it was a little too broad in scope and was kind of all over the place."
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    #18Common Sense and Other Writings of Thomas Paine

    Common Sense and Other Writings of Thomas Paine

    Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine is a collection of essays written by Thomas Paine, particularly the pamphlet entitled Common Sense, which ignited the American Revolution in 1776.

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    Louis Rose
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This book, while not fun, exactly, was definitely interesting. If you care at all about history and especially American history this is a must-read. Thomas Paine issued the rally cry that became the backbone of the American Revolution."

Summary

Best What are the best books about the American Revolution
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
11776Books 36 Paid
2Miracle At PhiladelphiaBooks 33 Paid
3Benjamin Franklin: An American LifeBooks 31 Paid
4The Creation of the American RepublicBooks 29 Paid
5The Radicalism of the American RevolutionBooks 28 Paid
6Almost a MiracleBooks 26 Paid
7The Ideological Origins of the American RevolutionBooks 24 Paid
8American CreationBooks 22 Paid
9His Excellency: George WashingtonBooks 15 Paid
10American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas JeffersonBooks 12 Paid
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