The best books about the American Revolution

Who am I?

Maybe I have a passion for this era because I live outside of Philadelphia, or maybe because so many of my ancestors served in Washington’s militia while others refused to serve. Either way, the connection to the times are personal. Having researched the tensions of my Mennonite past during the Revolution, I found myself intrigued by broader challenges of conscience for the Pennsylvania colonists more generally. Discovering the role it played in British occupied Philadelphia was particularly fascinating. My interest is in the untold story, and what I stumbled upon for this book was downright exciting!


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The List

By C.D. Baker,

Book cover of The List

What is my book about?

A fast-paced, meticulously researched tale of the birth of American liberty, The List is based on an untold mystery of the Revolutionary War. I wanted to bring to vivid life the occupied city of 1777 Philadelphia with a memorable cast of historical characters--including the British General Howe, Joseph Galloway, the unsung American Captain Alan McLane--as well as imaginary ones you will never forget such as the divided family of Archibald Browne, Whittaker Yates, Major Oliver Crippen and the beloved 'Grackle.' 

While the misery and dangers of war bring turmoil into the lives of the loyalists and patriots alike, the destiny of a nation hangs on the tip of a quill pen, one anxiously poised above a piece of parchment. The List is an excellent resource for any interested in America's founding principles.

The books I picked & why

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Drums Along the Mohawk

By Walter D. Edmonds,

Book cover of Drums Along the Mohawk

Why this book?

When I was a boy I picked up this book and the effect was life-changing. It carried me into the 18th century as an era of struggle, rugged determination, and individual liberty. Both informative and exciting, and written in a classic style, the book is a terrific experience of the times leading up to America’s War for Independence.


Washington: A Life

By Ron Chernow,

Book cover of Washington: A Life

Why this book?

I love history and this one is jam-packed with the fine details that make George Washington and his circle so much more interesting than the fact sheets in a history class. Chernow managed to put flesh and bones on an icon, making the engagement with this American hero a true encounter with a real man, his gravitas notwithstanding. Length aside, it was an enjoyable read but has also become an invaluable resource for the era.


Perfectibilists: The 18th Century Bavarian Order of the Illuminati

By Terry Melanson,

Book cover of Perfectibilists: The 18th Century Bavarian Order of the Illuminati

Why this book?

For years I’ve been fascinated by the political history of the world that parallels the U.S. experience. Turns out that secret societies plotted a course for the world and did their best to affect the American Revolution. While they had little success in that, their influence has risen through the globalism of today and Melanson documents the foundations with incredible research.


To The Victor Go The Myths & Monuments: The History of the First 100 Years of the War Against God and the Constitution, 1776 - 1876, and Its Modern Impact

By Arthur R. Thompson,

Book cover of To The Victor Go The Myths & Monuments: The History of the First 100 Years of the War Against God and the Constitution, 1776 - 1876, and Its Modern Impact

Why this book?

The author meticulously follows the globalist movement from its ideological beginnings around the same time as the American Revolution until today. Contrasting the intentions of the founders with the schemes of today’s elites serves to sharpen the reader’s appreciation of why America could be special. If half of this book is correct, we’ve lots to be concerned about.


Secret History of the American Revolution: An Account of the Conspiracies of Benedict Arnold and Numerous Others Drawn from the Secret Service Paper

By Carl Van Doren,

Book cover of Secret History of the American Revolution: An Account of the Conspiracies of Benedict Arnold and Numerous Others Drawn from the Secret Service Paper

Why this book?

So much of history happens undercover. Few realize that the American Revolution would have failed were it not for the courage of forgotten spies, as well as mysterious, inexplicable behind-the-scenes surprises. In this book, we find specific ‘secrets’ unveiled that made a difference in the fight for independence. Well-researched, it’s an entertaining and informative read. Expect to blink your eyes and smile, and discover the soul of the patriots. 


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