Among American wars, the War of Independence is second only to the Civil War in literary output. The first histories of the war appeared shortly after the Treaty of Paris was ratified and works on Revolutionary battles and leaders have never stopped, spiking as anniversaries, centennials, and bicentennials occurred. What follows therefore is hardly a comprehensive bibliography, but a guide to what I consider the most noteworthy books for those who wish to plunge deeper into the Revolutionary War. The plethora of journals, diaries, and narratives kept by soldiers, officers, and public officials on every side that are cited in the notes have been omitted due to spatial considerations. Readers who are interested in these primary sources should consult the notes.
John R. Alden, A History of the American Revolution (New York, 1969); Jeremy Black, War for America: The Fight for Independence (New York, 1991); Mark M. Boatner, III, Encyclopedia of the American Revolution (New York, 1976); William Bell Clark, ed., Naval Documents of the American Revolution (Washington, D.C., 1964–); Henry Steele Commager and Richard B. Morris, eds., The Sprit of'76: The Story of the American Revolution As Told by Participants. 2 vols. (New York, 1958); Peter Force, ed., American Archives: Fourth Series, Containing a Documentary History of the English Colonies in North America from the King's Message to Parliament of March 7, 1774, to the Declaration of Independence by the United States, 6 vols. (Washington, D.C., 1837–1846); idem., American Archives: Fifth Series, Containing a Documentary History of the United States of America from the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, to the Definitive Treaty of Paris with Great Britain, September 3, 1783, 3 vols. (Washington, D.C., 1848–1853); Christopher Hibbert, Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution through British Eyes (New York, 1990); Don Higginbotham, The War of American Independence: Military Attitudes, Policies, and Practice,