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1775: A Good Year for Revolution
1775: A Good Year for Revolution
by Kevin Phillips
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A groundbreaking account of the American Revolutionand#151;from the bestselling author of American Dynasty In this major new work, iconoclastic historian and political chronicler Kevin Phillips upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution... (read more)

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The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
by Thomas Fleming
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In The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers from Smithsonian Books, historian Thomas Fleming, author of The Perils of Peace, offers a fresh look at the critical role of women in the lives of Washington, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison.... (read more)

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Washington's Spies : Story of America's First Spy Ring (07 Edition)
Washington's Spies : Story of America's First Spy Ring (07 Edition)
by Alexander Rose
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US“Alexander Rose tells this important story with style and wit.”—Pulitzer Prize–winning author Joseph J. Ellis   “Fascinating . . . Spies proved to be the tipping point in the summer of 1778, helping Washington begin... (read more)

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A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America
A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America
by John Kukla
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Interweaving the stories of ordinary settlers and imperial decision-makers, Kukla depicts a world of revolutionary intrigue that transformed a small and precarious union into a world power--all without bloodshed and for about four cents an acre.... (read more)

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Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution
Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution
by Nathaniel Philbrick
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Nathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, brings his prodigious talents to the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution. Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after... (read more)

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Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism
Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism
by Susan Jacoby
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Jacoby accomplishes her task with clarity, thoroughness, and an engaging passion. -Los Angeles Times Book Review At a time when the separation of church and state is under attack as never before, Freethinkers offers a powerful defense of the secularist... (read more)

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The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness
The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness
by Harlow G Unger
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In this compelling biography, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals the epic story of James Monroe (1758and#150;1831)and#151;the last of Americaand#8217;s Founding Fathersand#151;who transformed a small, fragile nation beset by enemies into a... (read more)

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Radicalism of the American Revolution (91 Edition)
Radicalism of the American Revolution (91 Edition)
by Gordon S. Wood
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Grand in scope, rigorous in its arguments, and elegantly synthesizing thirty years of scholarship, this splendid book is likely to become the definitive work on the social, political, and economic consequences of 1776. In The Radicalism of the... (read more)

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Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
by Simon Schama
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If you were black in America at the start of the Revolutionary War, which side would you want to win? When the last British governor of Virginia declared that any rebel-owned slave who escaped and served the king would be emancipated, tens of thousands... (read more)

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First Salute: A View of the American Revolution
First Salute: A View of the American Revolution
by Barbara W Tuchman
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Tuchman turns to America with a fresh new view of the events that led from the first foreign salute to the American Nationhood in 1776 to the last campaign of the Revolution five years later--the moment that inaugurated the existence of a new nation, and... (read more)

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Adams Papers #25: Papers of John Adams, Volume 17: April-November 1785
Adams Papers #25: Papers of John Adams, Volume 17: April-November 1785
by John Adams
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"You may well Suppose that I was the Focus of all Eyes," John Adams wrote on 2 June 1785 of his first audience with George III, which formally inaugurated the post of American minister to Great Britain. Eager to restore "the old good Nature and the old... (read more)

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The Debate on the Constitution
The Debate on the Constitution
by Bernard (edt) Bailyn
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Here, on a scale unmatched by any previous collection, is the extraordinary energy and eloquence of our first national political campaign: During the secret proceedings of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the framers created a fundamentally new... (read more)

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The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding
The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding
by Eric Nelson
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Generations of students have been taught that the American Revolution was a revolt against royal tyranny. In this revisionist account, Eric Nelson argues that a great many of our "founding fathers" saw themselves as rebels against the British Parliament,... (read more)

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Angel in Whirlwind (11 Edition)
Angel in Whirlwind (11 Edition)
by Bobrick
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Angel in the Whirlwind is the epic tale of the American Revolution, from its roots among tax-weary colonists to the triumphant Declaration of Independence and eventual victory and liberty, recounted by Benson Bobrick, lauded by The New York Times as... (read more)

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Revolutionary Boston, Lexington, and Concord: The Shots Heard 'Round the World (Boston & Concord)
Revolutionary Boston, Lexington, and Concord: The Shots Heard 'Round the World (Boston & Concord)
by Joseph L Andrews
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The only complete visitors' guide to the Revolutionary history and sites of Boston, Bunker Hill, the Freedom Trail, and the Battle Road, including Cambridge, Arlington, Lexington, Bedford, Concord, Lincoln, Acton, and Sudbury.... (read more)

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The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire (Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History)
The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire (Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History)
by Andrew J. O'shaughnessy
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The loss of America was a stunning and unexpected defeat for the powerful British Empire. Common wisdom has held that incompetent military commanders and political leaders in Britain must have been to blame, but were they? This intriguing book makes a... (read more)

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Devil of a Whipping : the Battle of Cowpens (98 Edition)
Devil of a Whipping : the Battle of Cowpens (98 Edition)
by Lawrence E. Babits
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The battle of Cowpens was a crucial turning point in the Revolutionary War in the South and stands as perhaps the finest American tactical demonstration of the entire war. On 17 January 1781, Daniel Morgan's force of Continental troops and militia routed... (read more)

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Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
by Jill Lepore
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Chapter VII   Book’ry, Cook’ry   She learned to bake and to roast, to mend and to scrub. She learned to sew and to knit. She helped her mother tend the garden. She learned to dye.1 She helped her father in the shop, doing the work... (read more)

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Common Sense
Common Sense
by Thomas Paine
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Published anonymously in 1776 - the year of the American Declaration of Independence - Paine's "Common Sense" became an immediate bestseller. More than any other factor, it was this pamphlet which sparked off the movement that established the... (read more)

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Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War
Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War
by Richard M Ketchum
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In the summer of 1777 (twelve months after the Declaration of Indepence) the British launched an invasion from Canada under General John Burgoyne. It was the campaign that was supposed to the rebellion, but it resulted in a series of battles that changed... (read more)

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