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July 4, 2020 marked two hundred and forty-four years as a nation. When is the last time you read some American history? Check one of these great books out to remember our story.

A Black Women's History of the United States

Daina Ramey Berry

A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are--and have always been--instrumental in shaping our country

In centering Black women's stories, two award-winning historians seek both to empower A

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Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News

Todd Andrlik · Sourcebooks
Format: Hardcover

"This is 'you are there' history at its best...[Reporting the Revolutionary War] lets us see and feel how events unfolded for the people who lived them."—American History For the colonists of the new world, the years of the American Revolution were a time of upheaval...
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The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

Brad Meltzer · Flatiron Books
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

Taking place during the most critical period of our nation's birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington's character, but also illuminates the origins of America's counterintelligence movement...

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Our Lost Declaration: America's Fight Against Tyranny from King George to the Deep State

Mike Lee

There is perhaps no more powerful sentence in human history, written in Philadelphia in the oppressively hot summer of 1776: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that
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The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777

Rick Atkinson · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 800
Format: Hardcover

From the bestselling author of the Liberation Trilogy comes the extraordinary first volume of his new trilogy about the American Revolution

Rick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn and two other superb books about World War II, has long been admired...

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The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington

Martha Saxton · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

An insightful biography of Mary Ball Washington, the mother of our nation's father

The Widow Washington is the first life of Mary Ball Washington, George Washington's mother, based on archival sources. Her son's biographers have, for the most part, painted her as self-centered...

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

NATHANIEL PHILBRICK · Viking
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

The thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War from the New York Times bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Valiant Ambition

In the fall of 1780, after five frustrating years of war, George Washington had come to realize that the only...
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Valley Forge

BOB DRURY · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

The #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Heart of Everything That Is and Lucky 666 return with an unforgettable and perhaps the most underappreciated chapter in American history - the inspiring, page-turning account of Valley Forge, the Continental Army winter...
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The American Revolution: A World War

David Allison · Smithsonian Books
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

An illustrated collection of essays that explores the international dimensions of the American Revolution and its legacies in both America and around the world

The American Revolution: A World War argues that contrary to popular opinion, the American Revolution was not just...
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Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence

BILL O'REILLY · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

The Revolutionary War as never told before.

The breathtaking latest installment in Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's mega-bestselling Killing series transports readers to the most important era in our nation's history, the Revolutionary War. Told through the eyes of George Washington,...

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The War Before Independence: 1775-1776

Derek W Beck · Sourcebooks
Pages: 480
Format: Print book

The United States was creeping ever closer to independence. The shot heard round the world still echoed in the ears of Parliament as impassioned revolutionaries took up arms for and against King and country. In this captivating blend of careful research and rich narrative, Derek W. Beck...

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American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804

Alan Taylor · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 681
Format: Print book

From the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, a fresh, authoritative history that recasts our thinking about America's founding period.

The American Revolution is often portrayed as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the ideal framework for a democratic,...

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Washington's Revolution: The Making of America's First Leader

Robert Middlekauff · Knopf
Format: Hardcover

A vivid, insightful, essential new account of the formative years that shaped a callow George Washington into an extraordinary leader, from the Bancroft Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Robert Middlekauff.George Washington was famously unknowable, a man of deep passions hidden behind...
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Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775

Derek W. Beck · Sourcebooks
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover

"For those who like their history rich in vivid details, Derek Beck has served up a delicious brew in this book....This may soon become everyone's favorite." -- Thomas Fleming, author of Liberty! The American RevolutionA sweeping, provocative new look at the pivotal years...
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We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century

Chemerinsky, Erwin


Worried about what a super conservative majority on the Supreme Court means for the future of civil liberties? From gun control to reproductive health, a conservative court will reshape the lives of all Americans for decades to come. The time to develop and defend a

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American treasures : the secret efforts to save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address

Stephen Puleo · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 432
Format: Print book

On December 26, 1941, Secret Service Agent Harry E. Neal stood on a platform at Washington's Union Station, watching a train chug off into the dark and feeling at once relieved and inexorably anxious. These were dire times: as Hitler's armies plowed across Europe, seizing or destroying...

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Idiot's Guides: The U.S. Constitution, 2E

Timothy Harper · Alpha Books
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

One of the most revered, imitated, and controversial governmental documents in the world, the U.S. Constitution serves as the foundation for the American government and shapes the lives of Americans every day. Yet, how many of us know its history and the impact it has on guiding our ever...
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The Citizen's Constitution: An Annotated Guide

Seth Lipsky · Basic Books
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

Pocket versions of the Constitution of the United States of America abound, as do multi-volume commentaries, scholarly histories of its writing, and political posturings of various clauses. But what if you want a delightfully quick, witty, and readable reference that, in one compact volume,...
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Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence

Denise Kiernan · Quirk Book
Pages: 255
Format: Print book

In the summer of 1776, fifty-six men risked their lives and livelihood to defy King George III and sign the Declaration of Independence--yet how many of them do we actually remember?
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We the People

James Madison · Tor Books
Pages: 112
Format: Mass Market Paperback

“We the People”Here, in a single volume, are the two most important American documents ever written: the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence was the promise of a representative government; the Constitution...
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