Nov 25, 2012 — For his new book, archivist Todd Andrlik tracked down 18th century newspapers to provide a sense of the Revolution as it actually unfolded. Andrlik says the newspapers preserve things that didn't make it into history textbooks — like the fact that the Boston Tea Party was not universally popular.
Jan 4, 2012 — Historical novelist Bernard Cornwell returns with a new book, while mystery writer Rosamund Lupton makes a gripping debut. In nonfiction, New York Times columnist David Brooks and geopolitical strategist George Friedman look at how history unfolds, while Condoleezza Rice writes for young readers.
Jul 25, 2011 — NPR coverage of Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile by Herman Melville and Robert S. Levine. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 20, 2010 — Founding Father Robert Morris was a laissez-faire capitalist and subject of perhaps the first American congressional inquiry. In Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution, author Charles Rappleye argues that the war couldn't have been won without him.
Nov 22, 2010 — In his new biography of the Revolutionary firebrand Patrick Henry, Harlow Giles Unger explores the life of America's greatest orator and the story behind his famous cry, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
Nov 20, 2010 — It may not be in your history books. But it ended with scores of sunken ships, hundreds of missing soldiers and Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere facing charges of cowardice and incompetence. What went so wrong on the New England coast back in 1779?
Oct 14, 2010 — Bernard Cornwell recounts a less-than-heroic chapter of American history in his latest novel. The Fort is an exciting account of the failed siege of Penobscot — a mostly forgotten event — and a thoughtful exploration of the absurdity and futility of war.
Jul 4, 2010 — What actually happened on Independence Day? Did the rebels really wait until they saw the whites of British eyes at Bunker Hill? Historian Ray Raphael helps us debunk some of America's most popular — and believed — national creation myths.
May 15, 2010 — George Washington was a military veteran with a checkered past. John Adams was a farmer turned lawyer. And according to historian Jack Rakove, the men we know as America's Founding Fathers were, in general, disinclined to revolt. Rakove's new book is Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America.
Apr 27, 2010 — Tired of trying to break through the filibusters, steep the tea, climb the summits? In an era dominated by partisan shouting, Christine Rosen offers a reading list that should appeal to anyone — conservative and liberal alike — feeling left out of the debate.