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Early American History Books

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Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution
Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution
"An excellent introduction to the Revolutionary War and all the main characters.  Very readable and fascinating."
John Adams
John Adams
"McCullough is one of the best biographers out there.  Read this excellent account of one of the most important, but often overlooked, founding-father."
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
"This is a great account of the man who was largely responsible for convincing the French to provide crucial aide during the Revolution.  The rest of his life is fascinating as well."
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
"Ellis, another great biographer, recounts several stories that impacted the birth of our nation.  Included is the compromise that decided the capital's location and other interesting events."
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
"Washington's right hand man, war hero, father of the Treasury and Coast Guard.  This is an great book on one of the smartest and most visionary founding fathers."
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
"Not exactly as saintly as most would believe, but deserves recognition among founders for his contribution of the Declaration of Independence."
A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America (Lewis & Clark Expedition)
A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America (Lewis & Clark Expedition)
"Jefferson's luck was America's blessing.  Explains the history of the territory and how it came to fall in Jefferson's lap.  The threat of a French invasion was more real than many know."
Undaunted Courage:  Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
"After the purchase, an exploration that was already planned was justified and even more necessary.  Although it starts slow, the adventure soon builds and even offers many readers a surprise ending."