The best American Revolution books 📚

Browse the best books on the American Revolution as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier: Some Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of Joseph Plumb Martin

A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier: Some Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of Joseph Plumb Martin

By Joseph Plumb Martin

Why this book?

The diary of an ordinary soldier who served from July 1776 through the victory at Yorktown in 1781, this book is a real eye-opener and a counterweight to the thousands of books about George Washington, his generals, and the political thinkers of the era.

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

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

By Gary B. Nash

Why this book?

The story of the mostly urban radicals – the unknowns -- who began the Revolution, and how they and their democratic passions were gradually but inevitably “tamed” to create a Constitution and a governable country.

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The best books on lesser-known figures in the American Revolution and early years

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Book cover of Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America

Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America

By Jack N. Rakove

Why this book?

Stanford history professor Jack Rakove is one of the most original thinkers on American history, and this book is a richly textured dramatic portrait of the lives and contributions of the Founding Fathers. It’s fast-paced, colorful, and novelistic. It’s hard to set it aside.

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The best books on the American Revolution from an American historian

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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

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

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.

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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

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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The best books about the American Revolution

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Matthew Elliot, British Indian Agent

By Reginald Horsman

Why this book?

Here is an excellent biography of another British partisan who operated in the American midwest. Elliott emigrated from Ulster in 1760 and served under Bouquet at Fort Pitt two years later. He took up the Indian trade in the Shawnee country, married a Shawnee, and earned their nation’s confidence. After much prevarication, he joined the British resistance to the rebellion in the spring of 1778 and became a significant officer in the Indian Department. In 1778, he attended Governor Hamilton’s expedition against rebel-held Vincennes, and in 1780, supported Captain Henry Bird’s invasion of Kentucky, and fought in the battle of…

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