I’ve been so busy reading history for school that I haven’t had time to…well, read other history books. Some interesting Rev War titles have hit the shelves this year, and I’m hoping to sink my teeth into a few of them over the holidays.
- Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle by Mark Edward Lender and Garry Wheeler Stone. Looks like this is partly a battle study and partly an examination of the politics of command. That’s a good approach for a book on Monmouth, an engagement that was already the subject of bitter dispute before the shooting stopped.
- Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence by George C. Daughan. British strategists tried repeatedly to secure control of the Hudson and sever New England from the rest of the colonies. Vaughan argues that the whole idea was doomed to fail from the start.
- The Struggle for Sea Power: A Naval History of the American Revolution by Sam Willis. A new overview of an aspect of the war that doesn’t get as much attention as it should.
- Grand Forage 1778: The Battleground Around New York City by Todd W. Braisted. Braisted is the proprietor of the Online Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies, a fantastic electronic resource.
- The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War by J.L. Bell. The historian behind the always engaging Boston 1775 blog on the events that set off the War of Independence.
- Journal of the American Revolution: Annual Volume 2016 edited by Todd Andrlik. Greatest hits from one of my favorite online resources.
- Washington’s Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution by Patrick K. O’Donnell. It’s great to see a book-length study of the crack Maryland Continentals.
- The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution by John Oller. Separating the man from the myth has always been tricky when it comes to Marion. As a Southern Theater guy, I’m really looking forward to reading this one.
- 1777: Tipping Point at Saratoga by Dean Snow. Snow is a trained archaeologist who has done work at Saratoga. Should be some new tidbits here.