55 of the Best American Revolutionary War Books

If you are interested in learning more about the American Revolution, several excellent books are available on the topic. 

Our list of 55 titles provides a comprehensive overview of the events that led to America's independence and offers insights into the people and ideas that shaped this pivotal period in history. 

Key people at this time include George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams. Others include Paul Revere, Benedict Arnold, and the King of England. 

Our list also includes reads about specific battles such as Valley Forge and Yorktown.

There are so many topics to cover regarding the American Revolutionary War. We included various options to learn more about it from every angle. 

Whether you are a history buff or want to better understand this critical time in our nation's past, these books are sure to provide enlightenment and entertainment.

Revolutionary War Books

1. 1776


Written by: David McCullough

Published: 2005

Pages: 386

In 1776, David McCullough tells the story of the founding of America through the eyes of its iconic leaders. In this well-crafted and well-researched book, McCullough provides a fresh perspective on the significant events that led to America's independence, including the Revolutionary War.

He highlights the importance of these events while also providing interesting personal anecdotes about the key players involved.

This makes for an enjoyable and informative read. If you're interested in American history or learning more about the people who shaped our country, we highly recommend picking up a copy of 1776. You won't be disappointed.

2. The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777

The British Are Coming

Written by: Rick Atkinson

Published: 2019

Pages: 776

The British Are Coming tells the story of the first two years of the Revolutionary War, from Lexington and Concord to the Battle of Princeton. This definitive volume reveals how the colonists turned a civil conflict into a full-blown war for independence, featuring a colorful cast of characters including George Washington, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin.

The British Are Coming provides a comprehensive account of one of history's most pivotal periods with meticulous research and dramatic storytelling.

3. In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown

In the Hurricane's Eye

Written by:  Nathaniel Philbrick

Published: 2018

Pages: 366

The Battle of Yorktown was the end to America's War for Independence. But it was also one of George Washington's most brilliant military maneuvers.

By outmaneuvering and outthinking General Cornwallis, Washington was able to win a decisive victory at Yorktown, leading to America's independence.

This is just one example of Washington's brilliance as a general and leader.

This book takes you back to the George Washington victory at Yorktown and explores how Washington succeed so often on the battlefield. It also goes into his unique skills that brought America its freedom.

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4. Valley Forge

Valley Forge

Written by: Bob Drury, Tom Clavin

Published: 2018

Pages: 464

Valley Forge is a riveting account of the winter encampment of George Washington's Continental Army at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the American Revolution.

Authored by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, two investigative reporters turned historical authors, the book documents in painstaking detail the struggles General Washington and his men faced as they fought to keep their army alive.

The weather was brutal, supplies were scarce, and morale was low, yet Washington refused to give up. Valley Forge is an inspiring story of determination and resilience in the face of great adversity.

5. The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783

The Cause

Written by: Joseph J. Ellis

Published: 2021

Pages: 400

The American Revolution resulted from many things: the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts. But what were the real causes?

In his book, The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783, Joseph J. Ellis examines all of these events and more to try and tease out what caused America's War for Independence.

Was it taxation without representation? The desire for self-government? Or something else entirely?

Ellis's book is a detailed and thorough examination of one of the most critical moments in American history.

6. Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

Valiant Ambition

Written by: Nathaniel Philbrick

Published: 2016

Pages: 427

It is hard to imagine two more different people than George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Washington was revered for his unyielding patriotism and military prowess, while Arnold was reviled as a traitor after attempting to hand over West Point to the British.

But their stories are worth exploring because they reveal a great deal about the complexities of the American Revolution.

In this book, you'll learn about their differences. It goes into detail about both men who were driven by a shared desire for independence and fame. As you’ll learn, their fates tell us a great deal about the challenges that faced the fledgling nation in its early days.

7. John Adams

John Adams

Written by: David McCullough

Published: 2001

Pages: 751

David McCullough, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, is one of America's most celebrated historians. His biography of John Adams has been hailed as a masterpiece, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 2002.

This book tells the story of one of our Founding Fathers, who was instrumental in shaping our country into what it is today. It is a story of patriotism, political brilliance, and personal tragedy.

Adams was a complex man whose principles were tested repeatedly during his long and illustrious life.

McCullough brings him to life in this masterful biography.

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8. Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

Written by: Ron Chernow

Published: 2004

Pages: 818

Alexander Hamilton has been called many things: a war hero, the founder of the American financial system, and one of our nation's most influential Founding Fathers. He was also a key player in the Revolutionary War.

Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton provides a detailed account of this impressive man's life and times. Hamilton was much more than just a rebel against British rule - he was a complex figure who left an indelible mark on American history.

This book inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to write the hit musical Hamilton.

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9. Samuel Adams: A Life

Samuel Adams: A Life

Written by: Ira Stoll

Published: 2008

Pages: 339

This much is indisputable: Samuel Adams was one of the leading figures of the American Revolution.

Though he held few elected offices and had no military experience, Adams was a tireless revolutionary, using his oratory skills and tenacity to forward the cause of independence.

In this comprehensive biography, Ira Stoll recounts the remarkable life of this fascinating man. From his early days as a rabble-rousing teenager to his later years as a successful businessman and politician, Adams was constantly in the thick of things.

His story is an essential part of American history, and Stoll tells it with skill and insight.

10. The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

Written by: Gordon S. Wood

Published: 2004

Pages: 299

Is there anyone more quintessentially American than Benjamin Franklin? He was born in Boston, educated in Philadelphia, and served as a diplomat in London. He was a scientist, an inventor, and a printer. And he helped to write the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

But Franklin was not as revered in the US as in other places, including France. Most in the US ignored the news about his death, whereas there was mass mourning in France.

This book uncovers this complex Founding Father. It helps us understand why he wasn't as celebrated as the other Founding Fathers until well after death.

11. American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic

American Creation

Written by: Joseph J. Ellis

Published: 2007

Pages: 299

The Founding of the United States was a time of both triumphs and tragedies.

On the one hand, the country was founded on principles of freedom and democracy that set an example throughout the world. On the other hand, the early years of American independence were marked by violence and conflict.

In his book, American Creation, historian Joseph Ellis tells the story of this difficult period in American history.

Drawing on letters, speeches, and other primary sources, Ellis provides a vivid account of how America was formed and sheds light on some of the lesser-known aspects of our nation's founding.

12. Paul Revere's Ride

Paul Revere's Ride

Written by: David Hackett Fischer

Published: 1994

Pages: 464

David Hackett Fischer's book, Paul Revere's Ride, offers a detailed account of the events leading up to and following the ride made by Paul Revere. The book paints a vivid picture of the people and places involved in the episode, and it is clear that Fischer has done extensive research to provide an accurate portrayal.

Although it may not be as well-known as the more popular Revolutionary War stories, Paul Revere's Ride is a significant part of American history.

13. The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery

The Notorious Benedict Arnold

Written by: Steve Sheinkin

Published: 2010

Pages: 337

Benedict Arnold was one of the most notorious and controversial figures in American history. A brilliant general, he is best known for his betrayal in trying to turn over West Point to the British.

But his story is also one of adventure and heroism, culminating in a dramatic and tragic finale.

In this book, you'll learn more about Arnold's life and why he's considered a hero and a traitor.

14. The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

The First Conspiracy

Written by: Brad Meltzer, Josh Mensch

Published: 2019

Pages: 413

Historians have long debated the existence of a secret plot to assassinate George Washington. In his book, The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington, Brad Meltzer provides compelling evidence that such a conspiracy did exist.

Drawing on historical documents and personal accounts, Meltzer paints a vivid picture of the characters involved in this shadowy plot and their motives for wanting to kill Washington. This fascinating book offers a new perspective on one of America's most important historical figures.

15. Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution

Hero of Two Worlds

Written by: Mike Duncan

Published: 2021

Pages: 512

The Marquis de Lafayette is one of the most celebrated heroes of the Age of Revolution. A French military officer and politician, Lafayette was a central figure in both the American and French revolutions.

Though his exploits are often overlooked today, he was instrumental in securing America's independence and helping to shape France's new government.

In this book, you’ll learn more about his help in the American Revolutionary War, how he helped launch the French Revolutionary War, and the story about why he was jailed for his efforts.

16. First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His -- and the Nation's -- Prosperity

First Entrepreneur - George Washington

Written by: Edward G. Lengel

Published: 2016

Pages: 296

George Washington was the first American entrepreneur as a successful farmer, brewer, and distiller. He built his wealth and the nation's prosperity through his business ventures.

Washington's businesses helped make him one of the richest men in America. His example shows that entrepreneurship is not just for the young and inexperienced but that anyone can be a successful entrepreneur with drive and determination.

17. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Founding Brothers

Written by: Joseph J. Ellis

Published: 2002

Pages: 288

If you're looking for a comprehensive history of the American Revolution, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis is a great place to start.

Ellis offers a detailed examination of the relationships between the founding fathers, from John Adams and Benjamin Franklin to George Washington and Alexander Hamilton.

The book provides an in-depth understanding of the motivations and strategies that drove these men during the revolution.

18. Washington's Crossing

Washington's Crossing

Written by: David Hackett Fischer

Published: 2004

Pages: 564

In Washington's Crossing, David Hackett Fischer tells the story of George Washington's remarkable crossing of the Delaware River on the night of December 25-26, 1776. Trapped with a small army surrounded by a much larger British force, Washington and his officers came up with a daring plan to cross the Delaware and attack the British from behind.

What followed was one of the most decisive military victories in American history. Fischer brings to life all aspects of this pivotal event, from the strategic considerations involved to the experiences of those who took part.

The result is both an essential work of history and a thrilling read.

19. Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution

Power and Liberty

Written by: Gordon S. Wood

Published: 2021

Pages: 240

The American Revolution was a time of great upheaval and transformation. In a few years, the colonies went from being under a distant monarchy to creating their independent nation.

This process was not easy, and it involved many difficult conversations about what the new country should look like and how its government should function. One of the most critical debates was about the role of power and liberty in American society during this time.

Should the new country be built on principles of liberty, or would it be better off with a strong central government that could keep order?

In this book, author Gordon S. Wood looks at the event surrounding the formation of this document. It’s an important read for anyone wanting to learn more about this time during the American Revolution and after.

20. The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III

The Last King of America

Written by: Andrew Roberts

Published: 2021

Pages: 758

George III is often seen as one of the most ineffective monarchs in British history. However, a closer examination of his reign reveals a more complicated story. Contrary to popular belief, George III was an influential king who made significant contributions to British and American society.

His reign was not without its challenges, but he ultimately left a positive legacy worth revisiting.

In this book, you'll read more about this complex king to understand his legacy better.

21. Paul Revere and the World He Lived In

Paul Revere and the World He Lived In

Written by: Esther Forbes

Published: 1999 (1942)

Pages: 536

Paul Revere is one of the most renowned American patriots and revolutionaries. On the night of April 18, 1775, his actions have become an important part of the country's history.

However, many people don't know that Revere was a highly accomplished individual who lived in a complex world.

In her Pulitzer Prize-winning book Paul Revere and the World He Lived In, Esther Forbes offers an in-depth look at Revere's life and his role in shaping early America.

This book is a must-read for anyone interested in colonial history or the American Revolutionary War.

22. Independence: The Struggle to Set America Free


Written by: John Ferling

Published: 2011

Pages: 448

It's hard to overestimate the importance of independence in American history. From the earliest days of the colonies, when self-rule was seen as a safeguard against British tyranny, to the present moment, when it is considered a cornerstone of our democracy, independence has been a central value in American life.

In this book, John Ferling explores the risks and struggles the Founding Fathers went through to achieve America's independence.

Drawing on various sources, Ferling offers an insightful and compelling account of this pivotal chapter in our nation's history.

23. Victory at Yorktown: The Campaign That Won the Revolution

Victory at Yorktown

Written by: Richard M. Ketchum

Published: 2004

Pages: 368

Yorktown is a small town in southeastern Virginia that played a pivotal role in America's struggle for independence. In 1781, General George Washington and his Continental Army besieged the British at Yorktown, culminating in their surrender and winning the American Revolutionary War.

Richard M. Ketchum tells the dramatic story of this campaign in Victory at Yorktown. This book provides readers with a detailed look at all the events that led to this decisive victory, from the early battles of Lexington and Concord to Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown.

24. With Zeal and with Bayonets Only: The British Army on Campaign in North America, 1775-1783

With Zeal and with Bayonets Only

Written by: Matthew H. Spring

Published: 2008

Pages: 381

This book offers a great look at those on the other side of the American Revolutionary War, the British Army. You’ll learn all about what it was like for these soldiers on the ground and how they fought some of the war’s major battles.

You'll also learn more about many of the problems and struggles they had along the way. From logistical issues to a lack of manpower, you'll learn all about how prepared the British were to fight the colonies on foreign soil.

25. Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War


Written by: Richard M. Ketchum

Published: 1997

Pages: 545

In the early days of the American Revolution, things weren't looking good for the rebels. The British had control of most of the colonies and were marching on Boston, where the revolutionaries had taken refuge.

But in the fall of 1777, things changed when American forces decisively defeated General John Burgoyne's troops at Saratoga.

In this book, you’ll learn how this victory turned the tide of war in America's favor and helped persuade France to ally with the fledgling country.

Saratoga is thus considered a turning point in the Revolution and one of America's most important historical sites.

26. Lion of Liberty: The Life and Times of Patrick Henry

Lion of Liberty

Written by: Harlow Giles Unger

Published: 2010

Pages: 322

In Lion of Liberty: The Life and Times of Patrick Henry, Harlow Giles Unger paints a vivid portrait of one of the most important figures in American history.

A gifted orator and passionate patriot, Henry was instrumental in leading American independence.

This lively and well-researched biography tells the story of a man who never shied away from a challenge and whose courage and conviction continue to inspire us today.

27. Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution

Washington's Immortals

Written by: Patrick K. O'Donnell

Published: 2016

Pages: 463

Few have written about the 1st Maryland Regiment, also known as the Immortal 400 or the Maryland 400. They stepped up in many significant battles, but their most important was the Battle of Long Island (also known as the Battle of Brooklyn).

Even though the British forces outmanned them, they could hold them back enough for George Washington and his men to escape. Washington's men were then able to regroup and fight for freedom.

In this book, you'll learn more about the solider in this regiment, including their families, love lives, and how they felt about fighting in some of the deadliest battles during the American Revolutionary War.

28. Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution

Bunker Hill

Written by: Nathaniel Philbrick

Published: 2013

Pages: 398

Boston's Bunker Hill neighborhood has a rich and storied history. Famed author Nathaniel Philbrick brings that history to life in his book Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution. Philbrick sheds light on events that led to the famous Battle of Bunker Hill, the aftermath, and its impact on the American Revolution.

He tells the stories of many of the key people of the time, including Paul Revere, Joseph Warren (a local rebel and physician who helps lead the fight), and George Washington, who is newly recruited to help fight the British Army.

It's a fascinating look at the time shortly before the war starts and its very first (and one of its deadliest) battles.

29. Washington: A Life

Washington: A Life

Written by: Ron Chernow

Published: 2010

Pages: 904

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow is a comprehensive biography of America's first president that chronicles his remarkable life and times.

This meticulously researched book provides readers with an in-depth look at Washington's military career, political successes, and personal struggles.

It also paints a vivid portrait of the fascinating people and places that shaped Washington's life and legacy.

It’s a long read but one of the best books about those involved with the American Revolutionary War!

30. The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers

Written by: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay

Published: 2003  (1788)

Pages: 688

We can’t have a list of the best books about the American Revolutionary War without including this compilation of 85 articles and essays called the Federalist Papers.  

Written between October 1787 and May 1788, this set of documents was written by three of the Founding Fathers of the United States: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.

The articles and essays focus on their vision of the future of what would become known as the United States.

At the time, these papers were published anonymously in papers throughout the country. Today, they are considered some of the most important writings in our history.

31. American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

Written by:  Joseph J. Ellis

Published: 2001 (1997)

Pages: 365

Most historians agree that Thomas Jefferson was one of the most brilliant men ever to occupy the presidency of the United States. A gifted writer, thinker, and politician, Jefferson is also considered one of our nation's Founding Fathers.

Yet despite his many accomplishments, Jefferson remains a mysterious and enigmatic figure. In his book American Sphinx, Joseph J. Ellis tries to strip away the myths and legends to get to the real Thomas Jefferson. o

What emerges is a complex and fascinating portrait of one of our country's most important figures.

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32. Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence

Almost a Miracle

Written by: John Ferling

Published: 2007

Pages: 704

In 1776, the American colonies fought for their independence from Great Britain. It was a long and hard-fought battle, but on September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed, officially ending the war. The victory was an incredible accomplishment – and almost a miracle.

This book takes you through those eight brutal years of war with fantastic detail on many of the most critical battles. It's a great look at the overall American Revolutionary War what it took for the colonies to win and gain independence.

33. The Radicalism of the American Revolution

The Radicalism of the American Revolution

Written by: Gordon S. Wood

Published: 1993

Pages: 447

In Gordon S. Wood's book, The Radicalism of the American Revolution, he challenges the traditional interpretation that the American Revolution was a conservative event and only to break free from the British.

Wood argues that the Revolution was a radical event that created an entirely new form of government.

This innovative government, based on the principle of popular sovereignty, would later serve as a model for other countries worldwide.

In this way, Wood maintains that the American Revolution was one of the most important historical events.

34. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787

The Creation of the American Republic

Written by: Gordon S. Wood

Published: 1998 (1969)

Pages: 680

The American Revolution was a time of great upheaval and transformation. In this book, historian Gordon S. Wood tells how the Founding Fathers created the United States of America.

Drawing on extensive research, he provides detailed accounts of the key moments and debates that led to the drafting and ratification of the Constitution.

This is a must-read for anyone interested in America's history and founding principles.

35. Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September 1787

Miracle at Philadelphia

Written by: Catherine Drinker Bowen

Published: 1986 (1966)

Pages: 346

In May 1787, representatives gathered in Philadelphia for a Convention to amend the Articles of Confederation. What happened over the next few months was nothing short of miraculous- delegates not only managed to draft an entirely new form of government but also hammered out all of the intricate details.

In this book, Bowen tells us more about what it was like to be at the convention. She details who fought for or against the topic, including the final Constitution.

It’s one of the most detailed looks at the Constitutional Convention and an important read about the American Revolution.

36. Patriots: The Men Who Started The American Revolution

Patriots: The Men Who Started

Written by: A.J. Langguth

Published: 1988

Pages: 637

The American Revolution began in 1775 with a small group of revolutionaries called themselves the "Patriots." These men were determined to fight for their rights and freedom from British rule. The Patriots were led by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams, among others.

They risked everything they had to start a revolution that would change the course of history.

In this book, A.J. Langguth tells the story of the Patriots and their heroic battle for independence.

37. Decisive Day: The Battle for Bunker Hill

Decisive Day

Written by: Richard M. Ketchum

Published: 1974 (1963)

Pages: 282

The Battle of Bunker Hill was one of the most important battles of the American Revolution. On June 17, 1775, British and American forces fought to control the hill in Charlestown, Massachusetts.

The Americans ultimately lost the battle, but their bravery and determination gave them the courage to fight for independence.

In this book, you’ll learn more about why this battle marked a crucial turning point in the revolution.

38. Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different

Revolutionary Characters

Written by: Gordon S. Wood

Published: 2007

Pages: 336

In his book, Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different, Gordon S. Wood argues that it was not simply a sense of republicanism or ideology that made the founders different from other revolutionary-era Americans, but rather their unique individual characters.

Each founder approached creating a new nation from their perspective, based on their personal experiences and values. This gave rise to various competing visions for America, which were eventually merged into one country through compromise and consensus.

In this debate, no opinion was too radical or out there – all were considered to find the best solution for the country.

39. The War of the Revolution

The War of the Revolution

Written by: Christopher Ward

Published: 2011 (1952)

Pages: 1012

Christopher Ward's The War of the Revolution is an impressive and comprehensive history of the American Revolution. It is a work that is both detailed and well-researched, providing readers with a clear understanding of the complex events that led to America's independence.

Although it is geared towards those with a keen interest in history, the book is accessible to all and provides valuable insight into one of the most important moments in our nation's past.

Even though it was originally published in 1952, it still offers a fascinating account of the American Revolutionary War and one you must read.

40. After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture

After the Revolution

Written by: Joseph J. Ellis

Published: 2002 (1979)

Pages: 274

Joseph J. Ellis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian, has written a series of books that explore early American culture. His latest work, "After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture," takes a closer look at the lives of four lesser-known historical figures and what the revolution meant for them.

Through careful research and engaging storytelling, Ellis brings these figures to life, revealing their personal struggles and successes in the years following the American Revolution. If you're interested in learning more about America's early history, this book is worth reading.

41. A People's History of the United States

A People's History of the United States

Written by: Howard Zinn

Published: 2005 (1980)

Pages: 729

If you want to better understand the history of the United States, you should read A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. This book provides a unique perspective on American history, and it is sure to change the way you look at this country's past.

Zinn draws on historical evidence to argue that the official version of American history is incomplete and biased.

It's a complete look at the start of our nation and decisions made during that time that still impact us today.

42. Brotherhood of the Revolution: How America's Founders Forged a New Nation

Brotherhood of the Revolution

Written by: Joseph J. Ellis

Published: 2004

The Founding Fathers of the United States were a remarkable group of men. They forged a new nation out of the revolutionary fire, drawn together by their shared desire for independence and liberty. Through sacrifice and determination, they created a country based on the principles of freedom and democracy.

This book focused on the years from 1763 through 1800. It shows how the revolution was the most important event during this time. You’ll learn more about key figures and decisions made early on that have made a lasting impact on our nation.

43. Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom

Revolution Song

Written by: Russell Shorto

Published: 2017

Pages: 509

"Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom" by Russell Shorto is a riveting account of the struggle for independence in the United States.

Shorto expertly tells the story of six individuals that lived during the time. Instead of writing about our Founding Fathers, Shorto found stories, letters, and diaries from the real people impacted by the American Revolution.

It’s a fresh, new take on what others felt and went through during this time in history.

44. His Excellency: George Washington

His Excellency: George Washington

Written by: Joseph J. Ellis

Published: 2004

Pages: 320

George Washington is one of the most celebrated figures in American history. His many accomplishments include leading the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War, presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and becoming the United States' first president.

In his book, His Excellency: George Washington, Joseph J. Ellis paints a nuanced portrait of this iconic figure, highlighting both his strengths and weaknesses as a leader.

According to Ellis, Washington was a skilled strategist and diplomat but could also be impulsive and arrogant.

This fascinating biography provides an in-depth look at one of America's most important historical figures.

45. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Written by: Walter Isaacson

Published: 2003

Pages: 590

Walter Isaacson's "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" is a comprehensive biography of America's Founding Fathers.

The book paints a detailed picture of Franklin's life, from his early years to later scientific endeavors.

It also explores Franklin's political achievements, including his work on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

46. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

Written by: Bernard Bailyn

Published: 1992 (1967)

Pages: 416

Bernard Bailyn's The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution thoroughly examines the political, intellectual, and social influences that led to the American Revolution.

Although many factors contributed to the war for independence, Bailyn argues that ideological beliefs were at the forefront of the colonists' fight for freedom. Through an analysis of primary sources, Bailyn demonstrates that the colonists were motivated to establish equality and liberty for all people, not just British subjects.

This groundbreaking book provides a fresh perspective on the American Revolution and the war.

47. Lexington and Concord: The Battle Heard Round the World

Lexington and Concord

Written by: George C. Daughan

Published: 2018

Pages: 349

In the early morning hours of April 19, 1775, shots rang out in the small town of Lexington, Massachusetts. It was the beginning of a battle that would be heard worldwide and change the course of history.

The Battle of Lexington and Concord was fought as American colonists revolted against British rule, marking the start of the American Revolution.

This book offers an in-depth look at this battle. Daughan provides a unique narrative on the American Revolutionary War and why he believes the colonies fought for independence.

48. Henry Knox: Visionary General of the American Revolution

Henry Knox

Written by: Mark Puls

Published: 2008

Pages: 288

Henry Knox is one of the most underrated and unappreciated figures of the American Revolution. A visionary general, he was instrumental in the early successes of the Continental Army.

He was the one that organized the famous midnight escape on Christmas night by Washington and his army that is now thought of as a key event in the war.

Without his skill and determination, the course of the revolution may have been very different.

In this book, you will learn about Knox's life and career and highlight his importance to the cause of American independence.

49. Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost Hero

Founding Martyr

Written by: Christian Di Spigna

Published: 2018

Pages: 336

In 1775, Dr. Joseph Warren played a critical role in the American Revolution when he served as a general in the colonies' fight against the British. He was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill, but his legacy is still important today.

He is considered one of the Founding Fathers, including helping with many aspects of the American Revolution and the war.

Read more about his life and death in Founding Martyr. You will read about his life and everything he did to help the colonies achieve freedom from the British.

50. Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams

Written by: Woody Holton

Published: 2009

Pages: 483

Abigail Adams was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, on November 22, 1744. She was the wife of former President John Adams and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States.

A highly educated woman for her time, Adams was a passionate advocate for women's education and rights.

In this book, you’ll learn how she played a prominent role in early American politics, serving as one of the most influential advisors to her husband and son during their terms in office.

51. Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World

Liberty's Exiles

Written by: Maya Jasanoff

Published: 2011

Pages: 460

When the thirteen colonies declared their independence from Great Britain, more than sixty thousand people loyal to the king chose to leave their homes and cross the ocean searching for a new life.

They were known as Loyalists, and they left behind a complicated legacy that still resonates today.

In her book, Liberty's Exiles, historian Maya Jasanoff tells the story of these men and women who found themselves caught between two worlds. Drawing on letters, diaries, and other firsthand accounts, Jasanoff brings to life the experiences of ordinary Loyalists and prominent figures.

She shows how they grappled with questions of identity and loyalty as they sought to build a new life in an unfamiliar land.

52. The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army

The Drillmaster of Valley Forge

Written by: Paul Lockhart

Published: 2008

Pages: 352

Baron de Steuben is considered one of the fathers of the American Army. He was a Prussian military officer appointed to serve as inspector general of the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

He is credited with turning the fledgling Continental Army into a professional fighting force. His training methods and drills helped forge an American military identity and win independence from Great Britain.

In this book, you'll read about his life, techniques, and how he turned the army into a winning group that allowed the colonies to declare independence from the British.

53. Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence

Revolutionary Mothers

Written by:  Carol Berkin

Published: 2006

Pages: 224

While history has often overlooked the contributions of women during this period, a growing number of scholars are beginning to recognize their importance.

This new book sheds light on the untold stories of revolutionary mothers and their impact on the American Revolution.

While many waged their support for the war in their homes, they were critical in organizing money to help support the war efforts, setting up boycotts of British goods, and supporting their loved ones as they fought head-to-head in battle.

Featuring profiles of prominent women such as Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren, it offers a unique perspective on this critical moment in our nation's history.

54. The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800

The Great Upheaval

Written by: Jay Winik

Published: 2007

Pages: 688

The Great Upheaval is a fascinating read about drastic changes in the world between 1788 – 1800. Most historians focus just on the changes in America or what was happening in France.

Winik looks at all of the world events during this time and how they all intersected.

You'll read about a cast of characters from all around the world. They include our Founding Fathers, Catherine the Great, Robespierre, and Louis XVI.

It's a fascinating look at the upheaval worldwide and the changes brought about by the end of this important decade.

55. The Day the American Revolution Began: April 19, 1775

The Day the American Revolution Began

Written by: William H. Hallahan

Published: 2001

Pages: 352

The American Revolution began on April 19, 1775, at the Battles of Lexington and Concord – these were the first military engagements of the war.

The British Army was sent to Lexington to seize colonial arms and ammunition, but they were met by Minutemen who refused to give up their weapons. A battle ensued, which ultimately led to the British retreating to Boston.

It was a bloody battle but showed that the colonies were willing to fight for independence.