As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, why not take a minute away from the cookouts and fireworks and reconnect with our country’s history? There are an abundance of books about the revolutionary era – including 1776 by David McCullough and Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis.
Dine with Thomas Jefferson while reading Dinner at Mr. Jefferson’s: Three Men, Five Great Wines, and The Evening that Changed America by Charles Cerami, or learn more about the statesman in Jon Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.
Cross the Delaware with George Washington in Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer, or join his spy network in George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade.
Nathaniel Philbrick’s Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution details the British blockade as war erupts in Boston.
Abigail Adams would want us to “Remember the Ladies” with two titles by Cokie Roberts –Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation and Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation.
If you are wondering if our Founding Fathers 18th century values should apply today, then try The Jefferson Rule: How Our Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible by David Sehat.
Lastly, let’s let freedom ring, and celebrate our Freedom to Read. Happy Fourth of July!