Recommended Reading: American Revolution

This is a list of the American Revolution books we own or have come across in our travels.   We are continually adding to this page.  If you’d like us to add a book, please e-mail us at warthroughgenerations AT gmail DOT com. Thanks!  (**We are constantly adding to this page**)

Most of these books are listed because the American Revolution is mentioned in the description.  Obviously, we haven’t read all of these, so if you read one and discover that the American Revolution is not a primary or secondary theme, please e-mail us and let us know so we can take it off the list.  Thanks!

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Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic by Joanne Freeman

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Alexander Hamilton: Writings edited by Joanne Freeman

All the Brave Fellows by James L. Nelson

American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic by Joseph J. Ellis

American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People by T.H. Breen

American Revolution (DK Eyewitness Books) by Stuart Murray

The American Revolution by Bruce Bliven Jr.

The American Revolution: A Concise History by Robert J. Allison

The American Revolution: A History by Gordon S. Wood

The American Revolution for Kids: A History With 21 Activities by Janis Herbert

American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence by Pauline Maier

American Sphynx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis

American Tempest: How the Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution by Harlow Giles Unger

Angel’s Flight by Juliet Waldron

Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers: The Fight for Control of the American Revolution by Michael E. Newton

April Morning by Howard Fast

Ariel Bradley: Spy for General Washington by Lynda Durrant

Arundel by Kenneth Roberts


The Bastard by John Jakes

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

Beside Two Rivers by Rita Gerlach

Beyond The Valley, The Daughters of the Potomac by Rita Gerlach

Black Heroes of the American Revolution by Burke Davis

The Blacksmith’s Daughter by Suzanne Adair

Bloody Mohawk: The French and Indian War & American Revolution on New York’s Frontier by Richard Berleth

Blood of Tyrants: George Washington and the Forging of the Presidency by Logan Beirne

Bound by Sally Gunning

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander #6) by Diana Gabaldon

British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution by Don N. Hagist

Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick

By Force of Arms by James L. Nelson


Camp Follower by Suzanne Adair

Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South by Ann Rinaldi

A Catch of Consequence by Diana Norman

Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

The Continental Risque by James L. Nelson

The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 by Gordon S. Wood

The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution by Jim Murphy

Crucible of War by J.M. Hochstetler


Daughter of Liberty by J. M. Hochstetler

The Declaration of Independence & The Constitution of the United States

Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America by Benjamin L. Carp

A Demand of Blood: The Cherokee War of 1776 by Nadia Dean

A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens by Lawrence E. Babits

Divided Loyalties: How the American Revolution Came to New York by Richard M. Ketchum

Doctor Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty by Samuel A. Forman

The Dreamer: The Consequence of Nathan Hale by Lora Innes

The Dreamer: Volume 2 by Lora Innes

Drums Along the Mohawk by Walter D. Edmonds

Drums at Saratoga by Lisa Banim


An Echo in the Bone (Outlander #7) by Diana Gabaldon

The Everything American Revolution Book by Daniel P. Murphy


Faces of Revolution: Personalities and Themes in the Struggle for American Independence by Bernard Bailyn

Fearless Martha: A Daughter of the American Revolution by Sheila Ingle

The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay

The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5) by Diana Gabaldon

The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre by Ann Rinaldi

Fight for Freedom: The American Revolutionary War by Benson Bobrick

The Fighting Ground by Avi

Finishing Becca: A Story About Peggy Shippen and  Benedict Arnold by Ann Rinaldi

The Fires of Freedom by Sally Laity and Dianna Crawford

The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by H.W. Brands

The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution by Barbara W. Tuchman

Five Smooth Stones: Hopes Revolutionary War Diary (My America) by Kristiana Gregory

Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson

Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War by Edwin G. Burrows

The Fort by Bernard Cornwell

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

Friends of Liberty by Bernice Gormley


The Gathering Dawn by Sally Laity and Dianna Crawford

George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen From Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer

George Washington’s Enforcers: Policing the Continental Army by Harry M. Ward

George Washington’s Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea by James L. Nelson

The Glorious Cause by Jeff Shaara

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 by Robert Middlekauff

Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit

The Guns of Independence: The Siege of Yorktown, 1781 by Jerome A. Greene


Henry Knox and the Revolutionary War Trail in Western Massachusetts by Bernard A. Drew

Heroes of the American Revolution by David Brownell

His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

Hope’s Crossing by Joan Elizabeth Goodman


The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn

If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution by Kay Moore, illustrated by Daniel O’Leary

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Matt Faulkner


Jack Absolute by C.C. Humphreys

The Jeffersonian Transformation: Passages From The ‘History’ by Henry Adams

John Adams by David McCullough

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith

Just Jane: A Daughter of England Caught in the Struggle of the American Revolution by William Lavender


The Kindled Flame by Sally Laity and Dianna Crawford

The Kingdom on the Waves (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume II) by M.T. Anderson


Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman

Let it Begin Here! Lexington & Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution by Dennis Brindell Fradin, illustrated by Larry Day

Liberty or Death: The American Revolution 1763-1783 by Betsy Maestro, illustrated by Giulio Maestro

Liberty or Death: The Surprising Story of Runaway Slaves Who Sided With the British During the American Revolution by Margaret Whitman Blair

Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World by Maya Jasanoff

Liberty’s Son: A Spy Story of the American Revolution by Paul B. Thompson

The Life and Times of Captain N. by Douglas Glover

Love Not a Rebel by Heather Graham

The Loyalist: A Story of the American Revolution by James Francis Barrett

The Loyalist’s Wife by Elaine Cougler


The Maddest Idea by James L. Nelson

Masquerade: The Life & Times of Deborah Sampson, Continental Soldier by Alfred F. Young

The Messenger by Siri Mitchell

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Midnight Rider by Joan Hiatt Harlow

The Minutemen and Their World by Robert A. Gross

My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier


Nathanael Greene: A Biography of the American Revolution by Gerald M. Carbone

Native Son by J.M. Hochstetler

New York by Edward Rutherfurd

Northwest Passage by Kenneth Roberts

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin


Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Roberts

Or Give Me Death: A Novel of Patrick Henry’s Family by Ann Rinaldi


Paper Woman by Suzanne Adair

Patriots in Petticoats by Shirley Raye Redmond

Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution by Robert H. Patton

Patriots, Pistols and Petticoats: ‘Poor Sinful CharlesTown’ During the American Revolution by Walter J. Fraser, Jr.

Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution by A.J. Langguth

The Patriot Wore Petticoats by Marnie L. Pehrson

Paul Revere’s Ride by David Hackett Fischer

A People’s History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence by Ray Raphael

Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution by Richard Beeman

Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 by Elizabeth A. Fenn

The Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume I) by M.T. Anderson



Rabble in Arms by Kenneth Roberts

The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood

The Razing of Tinton Falls: Voices From the American Revolution by Michael S. Adelberg

The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery

The Rebels by John Jakes

The Rebellion of Jane Clarke by Sally Gunning

Redcoat by Bernard Cornwell

Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes by Christopher Hibbert

Regulated for Murder by Suzanne Adair

Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News by Todd Andrlik

Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America by Jack Rakove

Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different by Gordon S. Wood

Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation by Alfred F. Young

Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for American Independence by Carol Berkin

A Revolutionary People at War: The Continental Army & American Character, 1775-1783 by Charles Royster

Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis

A Ride Into Morning: The Story of Tempe Wick by Ann Rinaldi

Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara

The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas by John Buchanan

Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution by Charles Rappleye


Sarah Bishop by Scott O’Dell

The Schoolmaster’s Daughter by John Smolens

Sealed With Blood: War, Sacrifice, and Memory in Revolutionary America by Sarah J. Purcell

The Secret of Sarah Revere by Ann Rinaldi

The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Ann McGovern

1775: A Good Year for Revolution by Kevin Phillips

1776 by David McCullough

1776: Year of Illusions by Thomas Fleming

1781: The Decisive Year of the Revolutionary War by Robert L. Tonsetic

Shadow Patriots by Lucia St. Clair Robson

The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution by Alfred F. Young

Silver Storm by Cynthia Wright

Sister Revolutions: French Lightning, American Light by Susan Dunn

The Skulking Way of War: Technology and Tactics Among the New England Indians by Patrick M. Malone

Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America by Peter Andreas

Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution by Charles Rappleye

Sophia’s War: A Tale of the Revolution by Avi

The Split History of the American Revolution by Michael Burgan

A Spy in the King’s Colony by Lisa Banim


Taking Liberties by Diana Norman

The Tempering Blaze by Sally Laity and Dianna Crawford

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

Time Enough for Drums by Ann Rinaldi

Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady

Tories: Fighting for the King in America’s First Civil War by Thomas B. Allen

The Tory Widow by Christine Blevins

Traits of the Tea Party: Being a Memoir of George R. T. Hewes by Benjamin Bussey Thatcher

Treacherous Beauty: Peggy Shippen, the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold’s Plot to Betray America by Mark Jacob and Stephen H. Case

The Turncoat: Renegades of the Revolution by Donna Thorland

The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christine Blevins


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

Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution by Joel Richard Paul

Unnatural Rebellion: Loyalists in New York City During the Revolution by Ruma Chopra


Victory at Yorktown by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

Victory at Yorktown: The Campaign That Won the Revolution by Richard M. Ketchum

Voices of the American Revolution: Stories From the Battlefields by Lois Miner Huey


The War that Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War by Fred Anderson

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer

Washington’s General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolution by Terry Golway

Washington’s Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley Forge by Thomas Fleming

Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose

Washington: The Indispensable Man by James Thomas Flexner

The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington by Paul Lockhart

The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History by Jill Lepore

The Widow’s War by Sally Gunning

Wind of the Spirit by J.M. Hochstetler

The Winter of Red Snow: The Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777 (Dear America) by Kristiana Gregory

With Fire and Sword: The Battle of Bunker Hill and the Beginning of the American Revolution by James L. Nelson

With Musket and Tomahawk: The Mohawk Valley Campaign in the Wilderness War of 1777 by Michael O. Logusz

With Musket and Tomahawk: The Saratoga Campaign and the Wilderness War of 1777 by Michael O. Logusz

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen



Young Patriots: Inspiring Stories of the American Revolution by Marcella Fisher Anderson and Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt

A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy by Jim Murphy


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