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=== A ===

Alden, John R.:   American Revolution, 1775-1783 (New York, 1954)

Ambrose, Stephen:   Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of American West

Antier, Jean-Jacques:  
L'amiral de Grasse, héros de l'indépendance américanne (Pion, 1965; later edition by Éditions Ouest, Rennes, 1991). There is an abbreviated translation in English

Auricchio, Laura:   The Marquise: Lafayette Revisited (Knopf, 2014)

=== B ===

Babits, Lawrence:   A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens (Univ. North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill NC, 1998)

Bailey, Thomas A.:   A Diplomatic History of the American People (Appleton-Century Crofts, Inc., New York, 1958)

Bailyn, Bernard:   The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (enlarged ed., Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge MA, 1992)

Bailyn, Bernard:   The Peopling of British North America -- an Introduction (Vintage Books, NY, 1988)

Bass, Robert D.: Swamp Fox (Sandlapper Publishing Company, 1959)

Benninghoff, Herman:   The Brilliance of Yorktown: March of History, 1781 Command and Control, Allied Style (224 pages softcover ISBN 1-57747-123-7) available at Thomas Publications

Billius, George A., ed.:   George Washington's Opponents: British Generals and Admirals in the American Revolution (New York, 1969)

Boatner, Mark M. III:   Encyclopedia of the American Revolution (Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg PA, 1994) has articles on the many or the people, documents, battles, and issues of the Revolution.

Bodinier, Gilbert:   Dictionnaire des officiers de l'armée royale qui ont combattu aux États Unis sur la guerre d'Independence" (Vincennes, France, 1983) French Arrny officers who fought in the United States during the War for Independence.

Boorstin, Daniel, ed.:   American Primer (University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1966)

Boorstin, Daniel J.:   The Americans (A. Caravelle, Ed.)
      Vol. 1 = "The Colonial Experience"
      Vol. 2 = "The National Experience"

Boorstin, Daniel J.:   A Sacred Union of Citizens : George Washington's Farewell Address and the American Character

Borkow, Richard:   George Washington's Westchester Gamble (2011) A series of riveting chapters view the U.S. War for Independence from a wide variety of perspectives. Westchester County NY was the middle ground separating the defenders of the Hudson River Valley from the British who wished to split the new-born United States in two. The personal perspectives of Westchester citizens are described in context with the shift of annual campaigns from New England to the Carolinas and with the power struggles between European nations, in whose eyes the U.S. was just one of many contested areas around the globe. The land granted to the U.S. at the peace table would depend on which side dominated Virginia by the end of 1781, and the U.S. race to avoid bankruptcy, mass desertions, and foreign domination is told with conviction and ample documentation.
George Washington's Westchester Gamble (2011) is available from
History Press 192 pages, $22.00 plus shipping

Brannon, Lesli and Eric Grundset:  African-American and American Indian Involvement in the American Revolution -- a Selected Bibliography [PDF file] (Daughters of the American Revolution, 2002)

Brennan, Linda: The Black Regiment of the American Revolution (Moon Mountain Publ, 2004) OUT OF PRINT is an illustrated book about the First Rhode Island Continental Regiment, written at middle school level.

=== C ===

Campbell, Charles A.   "Rochambeau Headquarters in Westchester County NY 1781", article in 1880 Mag. of Amer. Hist. 4 446-48.

Carter, Alder R.:   The American Revolution: War for Independence (1992)

Chartrand, Rene:   The French Army in the American War of Independence (Osprey Men-at-Arms Series 244, UK, 1991)

Chastellux, François-Jean de (1734-1788:)   Voyage de Newport à Philadelphie, Albany, &c.. 1781. Images of the original text are available on the Web at PDF file of the 188-page book (in French). The English translation is Travels in North America in the Years 1780, 1781, and 1782 (2 vols), translated by Howard C. Rice, Jr. (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1963).

Chávez, Thomas E.:   Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift (University of New Mexico, 2002). This book describes the role of Spain in the world-wide web of political liaisons, schemes, finance, commerce, power, personalities, and philosophy that formed the setting for the U.S. War for independence in 1775-1783. Spain's colonies in North, Central, and South America and its commercial arrangements with Great Britain in those colonies made it hard for Spain to comply fully with the Bourbon treaty of mutual assistance with France. In spite of that Spain contributed financing, facilitated delivery of military goods, and provided military victories over the British along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast that were essential to the U.S. achieving both independence and treaty concessions of the land between the Appalachian mountains and the Mississippi River.
The Spanish troops and sailors came from Spain and throughout Spanish America. Many died fighting British forces in Central America, the Caribbean, along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to St. Louis and as far north as Michigan, along the Gulf Coast to Mobile and Pensacola, as well as in Europe.
286 pages, $24.95, ( Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2002)

Chernow, R.:   Alexander Hamilton (The Pengiun Press, New York, 2004)

Clotworthy, William G.:   In the Footsteps of George Washington -- A Guide to Places Commemorating Our First President (McDonald and Woodward, GranvilleOH, 2002) identifies, describes, and provides access information about the more than 250 publicly accessible sites that commemorate the life and legacy of the first president of the United States. This book provides travelers with a roadmap to retrace many of the events and to experience many of the places that made up the life of this notable man.

Coggins, J.:   Ships and Seamen of the American Revolution (Stackpole, Harrisburg PA, 1969)

Cook, Don   The Long Fuse : How England Lost the American Colonies, 1760-1785 (The Atlantic Monthly Press, NY, 1995) describes how the actions of the British Parliament exacerbated the disaffection of the American colonists and prolonged the armed struggle to retain them as subservient subjects.

=== D ===

Dawson, Henry B.   Battles of the United States by Sea and Land (Johnson, Fry, and Co., New York, 1858), two volumes, illustrated by Alonzo Chappel, describes the background and details of 99 battles, with many footnotes to sources of the information. You may search this book online and get a display of a few lines around the first few "hits" by using
Battles ...[Google Books]

Desmarais, Norman:   The Guide to the American Revolutionary War in Canada and New England (Busca, Inc., 2010) covers 403 battles, raids and skirmishes of the Revolutionary War in this area. It identifies the location of the sites, provides historical background, and lists the interpretive aids there. It has links to the websites of pertinent parks and tourist organizations that post upcoming events. There are many photographs showing details of historic buildings, monuments, battlefields, and equipment. A Glossary defines 18th-century military and historical terms.

This is the first volume of a projected multi-volume series that will provide a comprehensive history of the military actions in the War of American Independence. The author has compiled data for almost 3,000 engagements (several times more than in previously published lists) and documents these in ample footnotes. To view the appendices (alphabetical and chronological lists of all 3,000 engagements), the bibliography, and the color photos see the publisher's website

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh, ed.: The Rebirth of America (The Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation, Bala Cynwyd PA, 1986)

Diffie, Craig M.:  
Admiral de Grasse, Hero of the American Independence (1996 English translation of the original French work by Jean-Jacques Antier). The booklet was produced by the Association of the Friends of the Admiral de Grasse Museum-Memorial, with the contribution of P.Ritz, B.Deydier de Pierrefeu, D. Morel, illustrations by P. Frossard, and in collaboration with Jean-.Jacques Antier, author of the more extensive original .

Dull, Jonathan:   A Diplomatic History of the American Revolution (Yale University Press, New Haven CT, 1985) explores the diplomatic background of French assistance to the United states during the American Revolution. Prof. Dull is a research professor at Yale University.

Dull, Jonathan:   The French Navy and American Independence (Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, 1975) is a study of arms and diplomacy (473 pages).

Dupuy, R. Ernest:   The American Revolution, A Global War (author, NY, 1977) -- Written for the general reader.

Dwight, Nathaniel:   The Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence (A.S. Barnes, New York, 1860)
See Google Books for a complete posted copy

=== E ===

Eckert, Allen: The Wilderness War (Little Brown, Boston, 1978)

Edgar, Walter: Partisans and Redcoats (HarperCollins, 2001)

Expédition Particulière Web site describes in detail French military efforts outside of the United States during 1778-1783
for example
      French naval actions worldwide
      French regiments worldwide

=== F ===

Ferreiro, Larrie D.:  Hermanos de armas. La intervenci—n de Espa–a y Francia que salv— la Independencia de Estados Unidos Without the diplomatic, financial, military, and naval support of Spain and France, the American cause would never have succeeded. The intervention expanded a domestic conflict into a global war that

was fought on three continents

Fleming, Thomas:  The Perils of Peace, America's Struggle to Survive After Yorktown (Smithsonian Books, 2007))

Freeble, Jr., Charles R.: Adventures of Andrew Byerly (Cosson Press, Apollo PA, 1995)
      check commentary at Barnes and Noble

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=== G ===

Geyer, Georgie Anne: Americans No More (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1966; 352 pages)
Takes up where Schlesinger's "The Disuniting of American" left off.

Gillette, Mary C.:   The Army Medical Department, 1775-1818 (Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington, DC, 1981) -- not available online in 2007.

Grafton, John: The American Revolution : A Picture Sourcebook (Dover Publications, 1975) - contains many old lithographs and drawings that are now out of copyright. The author describes the conditions under which these may be reproduced from his book by non-profit organizations with no license fee.

Grant, George: The Patriots Handbook (Cumberland House, Nashville TN, 1996) contains extracts from about 100 books, poems, declarations, and speeches that express the essence of the American (U.S.) spirit. These are presented in four categories -- A City on a Hill, An Experiment in Liberty, Manifest Destiny, and The American Dream.

Greene, Jerome A.,   The Guns of Independence: The Siege of Yorktown, 1781 provides a detailed view of the siege and the participants. This text is a revised edition of the author's report to the National Park Service during the Bicentennial. See the publisher's summary and a related description of the attack on Redoubt 9 [Expédition Particulière Commemorative Cantonment Society].

=== H ===

Hallahan, William H., The Day the Revolution Ended: 19 October 1781 (Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, ISBN: 0471262404) The publisher writes: "Thrusting you into the revolution's worst year, 1780, and its finale the year after, 'The Day the Revolution Ended' covers the many devastating blows that faced Washington and his impoverished troops during the last years of the war and the thrilling comeback of the allies-made possible by France's resources -- as all forces made their way toward Yorktown in the final showdown of the American Revolution."

Haller, Stephen E.: William Washington: Cavalryman of the Revolution (Heritage Books, Inc.)

Higginbotham, Don: The War of American Independence : Military A..., (Northwestern University Press, Boston, 1983)

Higginbotham, Don: Daniel Morgan, Revolutionary Rifleman (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1961)

Hoffman, Alan R. (chair of the W3R®-MA).:   Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825 is a the English translation of the 1829 book in French by Lafayette's private secretary, Auguste Levasseur. It is the journal of General Lafayette's farewell tour of all 24 states in the US (at that time). Levasseur describes how the now 67-year-old hero of the American Revolution and apostle of liberty in Europe was welcomed i n an adoring frenzy by the American people. Lafayette was the sole surviving major general of the Continental Army. With its panoramic view of the young country -- its burgeoning cities and towns, its technological innovations like the Erie Canal, and its industrious people -- this book captures America on the cusp of its jubilee year.
Get a signed copy by ordering directly from the author's website
6" x 9", hardcover, jacket, 628 pages, fold-out map, 12 B&W illustrations
$30.00 retail plus shipping and handling.

Hofstadter, Richard: American Political Tradition and the Men Who ... (Vintage Books, New York, 1948)

Horry, P. and Parson M. L. Weems:
The Life of General Francis Marion (John F. Blair, reprint 2000)

=== I ===

Idzerda (ed.),   France and the American War for Independence (Scott Limited Editions, 1975)

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=== J ===

Johnston, Henry: The Yorktown Campaign and the Surrender of Cornwallis (Eastern Acorn Press, Philadelphia PA, 1981)

Jouve, Daniel,   Les Amis de La Grive 167 (2002) article on Duportail, who was sent to aid the U.S. by the French government and founded the American Corps of Military Engineers

=== K ===
Karels, Carol   The Revolutionary War in Bergen County (The History Press, 2007) especially the article, "W3R®: The March to Win a War", pp 147-161, by Carol W. Greene

Kehoe, Vincent J.R.: Virginia - 1774 (Ricardo Sanchez Printer, Malaga, Spain, 1959)

Kemp, Franklin W.: A Nest of Rebel Pirates (1966)

Kennett:   The French Forces in America 1780-1783 (Greenwood Press, Westport CT, 1977)

=== L ===

Lacey, Daniel: The Meaning of the American Revolution (New York, 1964)

LaFantasie, Glenn W., ed.: The Correspondence of Roger Williams, 2 vols (Brown University Press, Providence RI, 1988)

Landers, Col. H. L.: The Virginia Campaign and the Blockade and Siege of Yorktown, 1781, Including a Brief Narrative of the French Participation in the Revolution Prior to the Southern Campaign (U.S. Govt. Printing Office, 1931). Also available as a 2005 paperback reprint from The Scholar's Bookshelf, Cranbury NJ.

Larrabee, Harold: Decision at the Chesapeake (Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., New York, 1964)

Leckie, Robert: George Washington's War: the Saga of the American Revolution (Harper-Collins Publishers, 1992)

Le Pottier, Serge:   DUPORTAIL ou le Génie de George WASHINGTON -- on the life and career of General Louis Duportail, a French military engineer loaned to the U.S. to lead the Continental Army's Engineering Corps. The author, French Colonel Serge LE POTTIER (Ret.), served in Algeria, served as a French liaison to the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and taught engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. An English edition may be prepared later.
See publisher's site (Economica) for purchase details.

Levitt, J.R. and Cassel, R.N.: George Washington and the U.S. Constitution, (California SAR, 1996)

Lossing, Benson J.: The Pictorial Fieldbook of the Revolution, 2 vols. (Harper & Bros., New York, 1852)
See Google Books for a complete posted copy

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