We all know the Fourth of July is a great time for picnics, parades, and fireworks, but how much do you know about the historical significance of this summer holiday? If your recall of the facts concerning the American Revolutions has gotten a little hazy, there are plenty of good books to help. Here are five books that will give you a good refresher course on the turbulent times and the amazing leaders who fought for our country’s independence from Great Britain.
Five Books To Read On The Fourth Of July
Fourth of July reading: 1776 by David McCullough (2006)
Pulitzer Prize winning historian David McCullough has a knack for writing non-fiction that reads as fiction, and here the author of John Adams and Truman tackles the improbable story of a ragtag army that ends up defeating the most powerful army in the world. With his blend of anecdotes and details, we come to understand how close the Yankee rebels came to losing everything. By focusing on the events of an entire pivotal year, rather than on one individual, we get a broad perspective of the events that shaped the launching of our nation.