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Mackesy, Piers: The War for America 1775-1783 (Cambridge, 1964)

Maier, Pauline:   From Resistance to Revolution (W.W. Norton & Co, New York, 1972) describes the gradual escalation of resistance, following the traditional stages for staging public demonstrations in a way that minimized violence and chaos.

Maier, Pauline: American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence (Knopf, New York, 1997)

Malone, Dumas: The Story of The Declaration of Independence (Oxford University Press, New York, 1975) -- a good overview of the mood of the country and brief bios of the Signers, with some solid facts and some 'legend busting'.

Martin, Joseph Plumb: A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier (Signet Classics)

McCullough, D.:   1776 (Simon & Schuster, New York, 2005)

McCullough, D.: John Adams (Simon & Schuster, New York, 2001)

McGuire, Thomas J.: The Surprise of Germantown: October 4, 1777 (Thomas Publications, Gettysburg PA, 1994). Detailed treatment with extensive discussion of the U.S. forces effort to capture Cliveden (the Chew Mansion) in Germantown.

Middlekauff, Robert: The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 Rev. ed.(Oxford University Press, New York, 2005)

Montgomery, D.H.: Leading Facts of American History (The Athenaeum Press, Boston, 1990)

Montgomery, D.H.: Partisan Review and Political Correctness (Boston University, 1993)

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O'Kelley,Patrick:   Nothing But Blood and Slaughter -- The Revolutionary War in the Carolinas -- a 4 volume set describing the battles and providing the orders of battle and lists of commanding officers for many of the battles in this region

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Paul, Joel Richard:   Unlikley Allies (Riverhead Books, New York, 2009) is the lively -- and true -- story of how an American merchant (Silas Deane), a French playwright (Beaumarchais), and a spy (the Chevalier d'Eon) nearly lost, but ultimately saved, the American Revolution. The book provides insights on the struggle to obtain, sustain, and retain support from France through the eight years of conflict, blockade, and intrigue. The 343 endnotes document in some detail the primary sources used for describing the people and events involved.
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Perkins, James Breck:   France in the American Revolution, 1911, paperback reprint (The Scholar's Bookshelf, Cranbury NJ, 2005)

Peters, Ronald M., Jr.: The Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 (Univ. Mass. Press, Amherst MA 1978) describes how John Adams wrote this document, which explains why the various provisions are there rather than simply specifying the governmental structure (as the U.S. Constitution does).

Preston, Anthony: Navies of the American Revolution (Prentice-Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs NJ, 1975)

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The Redwood Library   (Newport RI) has posted a helpful bibliography for
Ternay and Rochanbeau in RI

Rice, Howard C. Jr.,   and Anne S.K. Brown (translators and editors): The American Campaign of Rochambeau's Army, 1780, 1781, 1782, 1783 (two volumes) (Princeton Univ. Press and Brown Univ. Press, 1972)

Richardson,   Standards and Colors of the American Revlolution (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1982) -- out of print, but may obtained through inter-library loan

Risch, Erna:   Supplying Washington's Army (Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington, DC, 1981) deals with the Quartermaster Corps -- not available online in 2007.

Roberts, Mike:   American Revolution Bicentennial (Color Productions, Berkeley, 1975)

Rubel, David:   America's War of Independence : A Concise Ill... (Silver Moon Press / Agincourt Press, New York, 1992)

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Sands, John O.: Yorktown's Captive Fleet (The Univ. Press of Virginia, Charlottesville VA, 1983)

Schlesinger, Sr., Arthur M.: Prelude & Independence: The Newspaper War on Britain, 1764-1776 (New York, 1958)

Schultz, Eric, and Tougias, Michael: King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict (Countryman Press, 1999) -- This is really two books in one: an excellent narrative of the war between the New England colonists and the native population, and a detailed survey of the major battle sites, complete with maps. The complexity of the conflict is well described, as are the desperate struggles of Philip and his allies, themselves patriots fighting for the ancestral homelands of their people. -- Bob O'Hara (MASSAR)

Scott:   From Yorktown to Valmy: The Transformation of the French Army in Age of Revolution (Univ. of Colorado Press, 1998) -- puts the Yorktown campaign in broader perspective

Selig, Robert,  Mary Donahue, Bruce Clouette, and Mary Harper: En Avant with Our French Allies (CT Commission on Culture and Tourism, Hartford CT, 2004) - a richly-illustrated tour guide of the W3R® in CT. Mail your order and address with an $16.00 check (includes shipping in the U.S.) made out to "State of Connecticut" to
     State Historic Preservation Office
     CT Comm. on Culture and Tourism
     59 South Prospect St.
     Hartford, CT 06106

Selig, Robert:  Hussars in Lebanon (Lebanon Historical Soc., Lebanon CT, 2004) -- a 140-page account of the five-month stay of Lauzun's hussar companies in Lebanon CT during the winter of 1780-81. Mail your order and address with an $15.00 check (includes shipping in the U.S.) made out to "Lebanon Historical Soc." to
     Lebanon Historical Soc.
     P.O. Box 151
     Lebanon, CT 06249-0151

Selig, Robert,  with many illustrations by David R. Wagner: March to Victory: Washington, Rochambeau, and the Yorktown Campaign of 1781 [52-page PDF file] U.S. Center for Military History Publication No. 70-104-1 (April, 2007) It is well-illustrated and incorporates the latest historical research. [This is posted on the W3R-US site with the permission of the US Army Center for Military History, <> . If you wish to reproduce the PDF file in quantity or if you wish to post the PDF file on the Web contact for permission.

Sheer, George F. and Rankin, Hugh F. II: Rebels and Redcoats : The American Revolution... (Da Capo Press, 1957)

Showman, Richard K. and Conrad, Dennis M., eds.: The Papers of General Nathaniel Greene, 8 vols (University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1976)

Smith, Page: A New Age Now Begins; A Peoples History of the American Revolution, 2 Volumes (Penquin Books, New York 1989)

Stahr, Walter B.:   John Jay: Founding Father (Hambledon and London, 2005) describes Jay's participation in governance from the First Continental Congress in 1774 through his travels in New York, Philadelphia, Paris, Madrid, and London to his return from diplomatic missions abroad in 1784.

Stone, Edwin Martin:   Our French Allies: Rochambeau and His Army, Lafayette and His Devotion, D'Estaing, DeTernay, Barras, DeGrasse, and Their Fleets in the Great War of the American Revolution from 1778 to 1782, (The Scholar's Bookshelf, Cranbury NJ, 2005) -- a paperback reprint of a book originally published in 1884.
See Google Books for a complete posted copy

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Taillemite, Etienne (Inspecteur général des Archives de France):   Louis 16 ou le navigateur immobile (Payot, 2002)

Taylor, Robert J.:   Massachusetts, Colony to Commonwealth: Documents on the Formation of the Constitution, 1775-1780, (Univ. of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill NC, 1961) 166 pgs. documents the discussions leading to the formation of a provisional government in MA in 1776, the debate over the need for a constitution, discussion of changes to the original constitution, and the development of a new constitution by John Adams in 1780.

Taylor, Robert J.:   Western Massachusetts in the Revolution, (Kraus Reprint Corp. 1954) ISBN 0527890758

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U.S. Navy (History Division):   The War at Sea: France and the American Revolution, a Bibliography (Gov. Printing Office, 1976)

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Vail, Jini Jones:   Rochambeau: Washington's Ideal Lieutenant For over two years a French army helped prevent the British armies from extinguishing liberty in the United States. Rochambeau's extensive military experience in Europe and his army of battle-hardened French troops were vital to success in the siege and victory at Yorktown.
Order the book from the author - $25.00 plus shipping for an autographed copy, or order from

Villanueva, Marcel:   The French Contribution to the Founding of the United States (Vantage Press, New York, 1975) - paperback

Villiers, Patrick:   Lafayette: Rêver la gloire (Editions d'art Monelle Hayot, Paris, 2013) [en française]
A complete review of his life -- both scientific and sparkling -- is based on previously unpublished documents and is illustrated with paintings and maps from private and public collections. It is a pleasure for the eyes.
NOTE: There may be an English edition by 2014.

Villiers, Patrick & Lemineur, Jean Claude:   Hermione, Lafayette's Frigate, (Ancre, Nice, France, 2015) The story of the French frigate and Captain Latouche-Tréville, as they served the cause of American independence. Order the French, English, or Italian version for about $69.00 from Ancre, at or from Amazon, at

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Walker, Paul K.:   (Office of History, HQ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), Engineers of Independence, a Documentary History of the Army Corps of Engineers in the American Revolution (Gov. Printing Office, 1981)

Warner, Oliver:   Great Sea Battles (The Macmillan Company, New York, 1963)

West, Thomas G. (Professor of Politics at the University of Dallas TX): Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America (Rowman and Littlefield),
Professor West makes the point that "politically correct" interpretations of the Founders are dead wrong, that the founders of this nation were sincere in their belief of universal human rights and in their commitment to democracy, and that they are entitled to the highest respect. (BRA)

Wheeler, Richard:   The Voices of 1776: The Story of the America in the Words of Those Who were There (Penquin Books, 1975)
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Whitbridge, Arnold:   Rochambeau, America's Neglected Founding Father (Collier Books, NY, 1965; Macmillan paperback in 1974) is a detailed biography with descriptions of personalities, background for major events, and good insights into historical foundations. A fine work which focuses on his role in America.
Summary by Ray Maxson [North Carolina Society SAR]

Wilbur, C. Keith:   Revolutionary Soldier, 1775-1781 (Globe Pequot Press)

Wood, Gordon:   The Creation of the American Republic (W.W. Norton and Co., New York, 1969)

Woodbridge, George C.:   "Rochambeau: two hundred years later", in Journal of the Newport Historical Society 249 (Newport Historical Society, RI, 2004) and following articles on the impacts of French troops presence in the U.S.

Wright, Robert K., Jr.:   The Continental Army (Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington, DC, 1983) - traces the birth of the Army and its gradual transformation into a competent group of professionals and emphasizes for the first time the major influences of eighteenth century military theorists on that transformation.
Online book as a PDF file

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Compilations, Other Sources 

Bridgeway Internet Library is a list of hundreds of books (with links to the full on-line text) ) that were well-known to the leaders of European and American legislatures and churches and thus affected the social order and the way that colonists' responded to Great Britain's dictates. The works range from classical Greek poetry to treaties with Amerindians.

The Consortium on the Revolutionary Era has annual conferences on Europe during the Revolutionary Period (1750-1850) and publishes selected papers.

The National Park Service has an excellent site at with resources related to the whole American Revolution. It has sections on heritage tourism, teaching U.S. history, biographies of leaders for liberty, and the continuing impact of the Revolution on our lives today.

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