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A Great and Good Man: George Washington in the Eyes of His Contemporaries

by John P. Kaminski & Jill Adair McCaughan

A Great and Good Man presents a lively collection of contemporary letters, poems, addresses and newspaper reports that demonstrate the remarkable esteem in which Washington was held. Washington would become,...


Martha Washington: An American Life

by Patricia Brady

With this revelatory and painstakingly researched book, Martha Washington, the invisible woman of American history, at last gets the biography she deserves. In place of the domestic frump of popular imagination,...


Special Operations in the American Revolution

by Robert Tonsetic

When the American Revolution began, the colonial troops had little hope of matching His Majesty's highly trained, experienced British and German legions in confrontational battle. Indeed, Washington's army suffered...


The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America

by Gary B. Nash

In this audacious recasting of the American Revolution, distinguished historian Gary Nash offers a profound new way of thinking about the struggle to create this country, introducing readers to a coalition of...


The Challenge of the American Revolution

by Edmund S. Morgan

This volume presents an eminent historian's progress over thirty years in trying to understand the American Revolution. Here is the historian at his best—beginning with the assumption that things are not always...


The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

Pulitzer Prize for History 2014

by Alan Taylor

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History

This searing story of slavery and freedom in the Chesapeake by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian reveals the pivot in the nation’s path between the founding...


Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War

by Thomas B. Allen & Mr. Thomas B. Allen

A Sweeping, Dramatic History of the Americans Who Chose to Side with the British in the Revolution

The American Revolution was not simply a battle between independence-minded colonists and the oppressive British....


Inventing George Washington: America's Founder, in Myth and Memory

by Edward G. Lengel

An entertaining and erudite history that offers a fresh look at America's first founding father, the creation of his legend, and what it means for our nation and ourselves

George Washington's death on December...


Historical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy from the Revolution to Secession

by Debra J. Allen

The Historical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy from the Revolution to Secession relates the events of this crucial period in American history through a chronology, an introductory essay, and several hundred cross-referenced...


Dunmore's New World: The Extraordinary Life of a Royal Governor in Revolutionary America--with Jacobites, Counterfeiters, Land Schemes, Shipwrecks, Sc

by James Corbett David

Dunmore's New World tells the stranger-than-fiction story of Lord Dunmore, the last royal governor of Virginia, whose long-neglected life boasts a measure of scandal and intrigue rare in the annals of the colonial...


The Road to Valley Forge: How Washington Built the Army that Won the Revolution

by John Buchanan

Acclaim for The Road to Valley Forge

"Buchanan is a master of the historical narrative . . . a host of new insights into George Washington as a leader of men."

-Thomas Fleming, author of Liberty!: The American...


America Declares Independence

by Alan Dershowitz

The Declaration of Independence as you've never seen it before

Some of us cherish it with near-scriptural reverence. Others simply take it for granted. In this contentious new look at the Declaration of Independence,...


The Unexpected George Washington: His Private Life

by Harlow Giles Unger

Advance Praise for The Unexpected George Washington

"This is a biography that unquestionably lives up to its title. Readers will discover numerous, often touching traits that they never knew about the Father...


The Founding Fathers: Quotes, Quips and Speeches

by Gordon Leidner

"It is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones."-George Washington

Filled with more than 220 quotes from America's most influential founders, The Founding Fathers: Quotes, Quips,...


Entangling Alliances with None: American Foreign Policy in the Age of Jefferson

by Lawrence S. Kaplan

Written over a thirty-year period, the essays included in this volume develop one central theme: the completion of American isolationism in the formative years of the nation. Isolationism, in Kaplan's view,...


Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence

by Joseph J. Ellis

A distinctive portrait of the crescendo moment in American history from the Pulitzer-winning American historian, Joseph Ellis.

The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of...


Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery

by Paul Collins

BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE EDGAR FINALIST, MURDER OF THE CENTURY

In the closing days of 1799, the United States was still a young republic. Waging a fierce battle for its uncertain future were two political parties:...


Common Sense

by Thomas Paine

Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged,...


The Founding Conservatives: How a Group of Unsung Heroes Saved the American Revolution

by David Lefer

According to most versions of history, America's founders were united in their moderate political philosophy. But in fact the Revolution was nearly derailed by extremists who wanted to transform the entire society....


American Political Writing During the Founding Era: Two Volume Paperback Set

by Donald Lutz Lutz & Charles Hyneman

These volumes provide a selection of seventy-six essays, pamphlets, speeches, and letters to newspapers written between 1760 and 1805 by American political and religious leaders. Many are obscure pieces that...