George Washington’s Secret Six

519xdcuumqlBook #6: George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution, Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger

Having suffered a significant and humiliating loss in New York to the British Army, General Washington found himself looking for ways to recapture the prize of the middle colonies.  But what he was lacking was intelligence of the British plans and intentions.  This book tells the story of a clandestine group of patriots who risked all for the sake of the fledgling United States.  It is a great example that wars are won not only by boots on the ground but through the the intelligence provided by men and women who hide in plain sight.  It is a fascinating read.

#2017bookreview #mattreadinglist

Find it on Amazon

Revolutionary Summer

b00a5mrg6e-01-lBook #3: Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence , Joseph J. Ellis

The summer of 1776 was perhaps the most important summer in American history.  In it, the colonies declared independence in the chambers of the Continental Congress and on the battlefield.  In this masterful recounting of our founding summer, Joseph Ellis interweaves the political and military events that established the United States as a new nation.  He describes the key characters and illuminates the interactions between Great Britain and the US colonies.  This book is an absolute must read for anyone interested in early American History.

#2017bookreview #mattreadinglist

Find it on Amazon

Founding Brothers

51kjtm7pcrlBook #28: Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, Joseph J. Ellis

The Revolutionary era was an important and iconic era of our history.  And with 200 years of retrospection, it is often easy to romanticize the constitutional era and believe that it was a period of ideological clarity and political unanimity.  We often view the founding fathers as a generation of compatriots who worked together to build the nation we enjoy today.  And while these men were all motivated by a unified vision for an American nation, their ideas for how that nation should be build were often vastly different.  This is a fascinating look into the politics of the 1790’s and is a detailed accounting of a generation who gave of their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to give us the nation that we enjoy today.

#2016bookreview #mattreadinglist

Find it on Amazon

1776

51ctyoisrhl-_sx328_bo1204203200_Book #7: 1776, David McCullough

The year 1776 marks the birth of our country and is most noted for the Declaration of Independence.  But in may ways, the year 1776 was one of the darkest years in American History.  This year saw great loss in the Battle of Long Island and the fall of Fort Washington.  There were moments where the continuance of the American nation almost never happened.  But as has been characteristic throughout our history the men and women of colonial America showed great courage and devotion to country that set the stage for the nation that we enjoy today.  This was an interesting look at the first full year of our war for Independence.

#2016bookreview #mattreadinglist

Find it on Amazon