General References for the American Revolution

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Bookjacket for Alden's A History of the American Revolution Alden, John R. A History of the American Revolution. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1969.

A broad, dependable survey. Aimed at the college student. Accurate, careful scholarship. Lively writng style, coupled with incisive interpretaion. Excellent bibliography.

Billias, George Athan, ed. George Washington's Generals and Opponents: Their Exploits and Leadership. New York: De Capo Press, 1994.

A collection of biographies, by knowledgeable scholars. Covers 12 American generals, and 3 admirals and 7 generals from the British side. Not just biography, the book interprets each subject's contribution to victory or defeat.
Bookjacket for Billias' George Washington's Generals and Opponents: Their Exploits and Leadership

Boatner, Mark M, III. Encyclopedia of the American Revolution. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1994.

A book belonging in the library of anyone studying the Revolution. A good entry point into many aspects of the Revolution and its literature.

Commager, Henry S., and Richard B. Morris, eds. The Spirit of 'Seventy-Six': The Story of the American Revolution as Told by Participants. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill Co., Inc., 1958.

An excellent, comprehensive summation of the war. Uses the accounts of those who were there to tell the story. Covers most aspects of the war. Gives good insight into patriot attitudes. Very good for those interested in the social impacts of the war. Many primary documents reproduced.
Bookjacket for Commnager & Morris' The Spirit of 'Seventy-Six': The Story of the American Revolution as Told by Participants

Bookjacket for Dann's The Revolution Remembered. Eyewitness Accounts of the War for American Independence Dann, John C., ed. The Revolution Remembered. Eyewitness Accounts of the War for American Independence. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1979.

Dann extracted stories from the Revolutionary War pension applications held by the National Archives. While not contemporaneous accounts, the 79 incidents depicted provide fresh looks at battles from all theaters of the war.

Hibbert, Christopher. Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes. New York: Avon Books, 1990.

The Other side of the story. The war as seen by the British and Loyalist participants. Excellent scholarship, coupled with lively writing. Good bibliography.
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Higginbotham, Don. The Wars of Independence: Military Attitudes, Policies and Practices, 1763-1789. New York: The Macmillian Co., 1971.

Not your standard look at the battles and campaigns, this book looks at how the American army reflects the society from which it came. Good coverage of strategy, militia, and personalities. Higginbotham cleary shows that the struggle was a people's war. Excellent bibliography.

Scheer, George F., and Rankin, Hugh F. Rebels and Redcoats: The American Revolution Through the Eyes of Those Who Fought and Lived It. New York:Da Capo Press, 1957.

Excellent use of contemporary sources to produce a book exciting to read. Coveys a sense of "being there" on the battlefield.
Bookjacket for Scheer and Rankin's Rebels and Redcoats: The American Revolution Through the Eyes of Those Who Fought and Lived It