Every year as I prepare my classes I rediscover my love for the history of the American Revolution. Like the Civil War, the Revolution enjoys a wide range of talented scholars and popular writers, who continue to crank out thought-provoking studies many of which I end up incorporating into my class lectures. This year was no different. Here is a list of the books that I’ve read over the past few months or hope to complete at some point soon. I know many of you have an interest in the period so I am curious as to what you’ve read recently or are looking forward to reading.
Benjamin L. Carp, Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America (Yale University Press, 2010). I am just about finished with this book and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. Carp does an outstanding job of placing the event within the context of the British Empire as a whole. He analyzes the local social and political scene in Boston as well as the choice of disguise and the consequences of the act.
Julie Flavell, When London Was Capital of America (Yale University Press, 2010). I love books that force you to take a new perspective on familiar people and events. I recently heard that David McCullough’s next book will attempt something along the same lines.
Woody Holton, Abigail Adams (Free Press, 2009). Holton goes furthest in exploring Abigail’s role as the caretaker of the family’s finances during John’s many absences. I know that Joseph Ellis recently published a book on John and Abigail, but the reviews have not been good.