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Paine, Thomas – Thomas Paine and the Promise of America

“Thomas Paine was one of the most remarkable political writers of the modern world and the greatest radical of a radical age. Through writings like Common Sense―and words such as “The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth,” “We have it in our power to begin the world over again,” and “These are the … Read more

Samuel Adams: A Life

“The gripping story of the man who was the American Revolution’s moral compass—Ira Stoll tells readers who Samuel Adams was, why he has been forgotten, and why he must be remembered. Thomas Jefferson called Samuel Adams “truly the man of the Revolution.” Adams, filled with religious fervor, inspired others to fight on and overcome the … Read more

The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

“Benjamin Franklin, perhaps the pivotal figure in colonial and revolutionary America, comes vividly to life in this masterly biography. Wit, diplomat, scientist, philosopher, businessman, inventor, and bon vivant, Benjamin Franklin was in every respect America’s first Renaissance man. From penniless runaway to highly successful printer, from ardently loyal subject of Britain to architect of an alliance with … Read more

Franklin, Benjamin – The Autobiography of Ben Franklin – Benjamin Franklin

“The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the unfinished record of Benjamin Franklinâ??s life written by Franklin himself and is one of the most influential examples of an autobiography ever written. Franklinâ??s account of his life is divided into four parts, reflecting the different periods at which he wrote them. The first publication of The Autobiography of Benjamin … Read more

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

“A leading historian of the American Revolution offers an incisive portrait of the complex, often contradictory figure of Benjamin Franklin, a man who was at once the quintessential American and a cosmolitan lover of Europe, a one-time loyalist turned revolutionary, and an ambassador whose French diplomacy, crucial to the American cause, became a source of … Read more

The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams

“An intellectual dialogue of the highest plane achieved in America, the correspondence between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson spanned half a century and embraced government, philosophy, religion, quotidiana, and family griefs and joys. First meeting as delegates to the Continental Congress in 1775, they initiated correspondence in 1777, negotiated jointly as ministers in Europe in … Read more

Adams, Samuel – Samuel Adams: The Father of American Independence

A slight figure clad in a threadbare coat, Samuel Adams was an unlikely portrait of a dangerous revolutionary. The man who would later be called the Father of the American Revolution, however, worked tirelessly behind the scenes to achieve the goal of American independence, uniting his genius for words and his passion for politics to … Read more

Samuel Adams: Son of Liberty, Father of Revolution

“The story of one of the most important — and most elusive — figures of the American Revolution, Samuel Adams traces the life of the “Man of the Revolution,” as he was called by Thomas Jefferson, from his childhood as a fifth-generation New Englander to his pivotal role in the Boston Tea Party and war that followed … Read more

The Many Rides of Paul Revere

“Sibert Medalist James Cross Giblin takes readers on a wild and fascinating ride through the American Revolution. Paul Revere is commonly remembered in the Longfellow legend of his Midnight Ride before the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord. In this bright, informative biography, Giblin follows Revere’s life from his humble beginnings as a French immigrant’s … Read more

Longstreet, James – General James Longstreet: The Confederacy’s Most Controversial Soldier – Jeffery D. Wert

“General James Longstreet fought in nearly every campaign of the Civil War, from Manassas (the first battle of Bull Run) to Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chickamauga, Gettysburg, and was present at the surrender at Appomattox. Yet, he was largely held to blame for the Confederacy’s defeat at Gettysburg. General James Longstreet sheds new light on the controversial commander and … Read more