Recommended Revolutionary War Reading List

A Listmania! list by T. Abbott "C Belcher"
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The list author says: "As I now read several new histories covering the War of American Independence each month, and am working through a 'favorites list" at Amazon that approaches 150 titles, I know I would value a list that pointed me toward the best in this genre. Since any such list will be subjective, let me begin by declaring my criteria. I wish to recognize works of Revolutionary War history that combine excellent scholarship, lively prose and fresh perspectives. Particularly in this historical period, there are ample opportunities to be the only full length treatment of a particular subject and still fall short of being definitive. I am also interested in excellent, 1st person accounts by participants. Here is what stands out for me thus far."
With Zeal and With Bayonets Only: The British Army on Campaign in North America, 1775-1783 (Campaigns and Commanders Series)
1.  With Zeal and With Bayonets Only: The British Army on Campaign in North America, 1775-1783 (Campaigns and Commanders Series) by Matthew H. Spring
The list author says:
  "That rare work of scholarship that makes the transition from PhD dissertation to popular publication losing nothing in translation.  Far from stiff ranked automatons unable to contend with patriot potshots, the British made dramatic tactical adjustments to contend with terrain and irregular warfare in America."
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Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War
2.  Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War by Edwin G. Burrows
The list author says:
  "Burrows makes a strong case that historical estimates of prisoner deaths are dramatically short of the mark.  "The impact on local communities was crushing.  This is a groundbreaking work."
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Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring
3.  Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose
The list author says:
  "Casts the Nathan Hale story in an entirely new light.  He restores his captor, Robert Rogers of Rogers Rangers fame, to his proper place in the narrative.  He also offers evidence for the Revolutionary equivalent of Mrs O'Leary's cow as the origin of the great New York Fire soon after British occupation.  The treatment of the Culper Ring is fine scholarship and storytelling combined."
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Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution
4.  Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution by Robert H. Patton
The list author says:
  "The author pins a great yarn and comes down decisively on the side of the privateers as contributing at least as much, if not more, to winning American independence than Washington's army.  For him, privateering offers a unique lens on the social and economic underpinnings of the American colonies and those who fought for independence for pecuniary as well as patriotic reasons."
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Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse
5.  Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse by Lawrence Edward Babits
The list author says:
  "Does a masterful job of teasing out troop movements and casualties from hundreds of veteran pension records, treating participant accounts as artifacts.  Will long stand as the definitive account of this confusing but highly significant battle, placing it solidly within the context of the southern campaigns of 1780-1781 and presented in a highly readable and well documented form."
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A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens
6.  A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens by Lawrence Edward Babits
The list author says:
  "Another excellent battlefield study by Babits that treats pension records as artifacts and weighs their value in reinterpreting Morgan's generalship and the ebb and flow of a fast moving battle."
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Paul Revere's Ride
7.  Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer
The list author says:
  "This is an older work by a superb historian that has stood the test of time.  Fischer is as much interested in events as their causes, in contingencies shaped by individual choice and larger social contexts.  As for the midnight rider, he becomes a far more intriguing character than the hero of Longfellow's well known poem, both before and well after the Lexington Alarm."
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Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History)
8.  Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History) by David Hackett Fischer
The list author says:
  "Fischer deservedly won the Pulitzer Prize for this one.  This is a tour de force that takes an event well enshrined in American myth and restores it as outstanding history. Fischer treats the campaign of 1776 with great skill, with comprehensive examination of the content and character of the American, British and Hessian forces."
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Iron Tears: America's Battle for Freedom, Britain's Quagmire: 1775-1783
9.  Iron Tears: America's Battle for Freedom, Britain's Quagmire: 1775-1783 by Stanley Weintraub
The list author says:
  "There are several works that take on the American War of Independence as experienced by the the British and their allies.  I found the best of these to be Stanley Weintraub's."
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Almost A Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence
10.  Almost A Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence by John E. Ferling
The list author says:
  "An excellent, one volume history of the war."
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Fusiliers: The Saga of a British Redcoat Regiment in the American Revolution
11.  Fusiliers: The Saga of a British Redcoat Regiment in the American Revolution by Mark Urban
The list author says:
  "Notable as one of the very few such regimental histories, contemporary or modern, from this period."
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Diary of a Common Soldier in the American Revolution, 1775-1783: An Annotated Edition of the Military Journal of Jeremiah Greenman
12.  Diary of a Common Soldier in the American Revolution, 1775-1783: An Annotated Edition of the Military Journal of Jeremiah Greenman by Robert Bray
The list author says:
  "Jeremiah Greenman served for virtually the entire length of the conflict, and his last promotion was to regimental adjutant.  Greenman's journal is a primary record kept during the conflict (though there are places that appear to have been revised at a later date)."
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Diary of the American War: A Hessian Journal
13.  Diary of the American War: A Hessian Journal by Johann von Ewald
The list author says:
  "Translator and Editor Joseph P. Tustin recovered three of the original journals in post WWII Europe and located a copy of the missing 4th, all of which are presented in this excellent account of the service of Captain Johann Ewald of the Hessian Jaeger Corps."
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