Reporting the Revolutionary War (book)

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For the colonists of the new world, the years of the American Revolution were a time of upheaval and rebellion. History boils it down to a few key events and has embodied it with a handful of legendary personalities. But the reality of the time was that everyday people witnessed thousands of little moments blaze into an epic conflict-for more than twenty years. Now, for the first time, experience the sparks of revolution the way the colonists did-in their very own town newspapers and broadsheets. Reporting the Revolutionary War is a stunning collection of primary sources, sprinkled with modern analysis from 37 historians. Featuring Patriot and Loyalist eyewitness accounts from newspapers printed on both sides of the Atlantic, readers will experience the revolution as it happened with the same immediacy and uncertainty of the colonists.

The American newspapers of the eighteenth century fanned the flames of rebellion, igniting the ideas of patriotism and liberty among average citizens who had never before been so strongly united. Within the papers, you’ll also read the private correspondence and battlefield letters of the rebels and patriots who grabbed the attention of each and every colonist and pushed them to fight for freedom and change. From one of America’s leading Revolutionary War newspaper archivists, Todd Andrlik, and guided by scores of historians and experts, Reporting the Revolutionary War brings you into the homes of Americans and lets you see through their eyes the tinderbox of war as it explodes.

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  • Best American Revolution Book of 2012 – New York American Revolution Round Table
  • Amazon #1 Best Seller (Revolution & Founding, Revolutionary, 18th Century and Propaganda and Political Psychology categories – consistently remained a No. 1 best seller in at least one Amazon category for nearly four months)
  • Amazon Top 50 Best Sellers (History and Political & Social Sciences categories)
  • Barnes & Noble “Best Books of 2012
  • Barnes & Noble Top 50: Book Bestsellers
  • Special Recognition – 2013 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Awards
  • “Americans can now see a different side of the birth of our country, as it was reported in real-time by the journalists of the day… a fascinating account of Americans who witnessed the war unfold firsthand as it happened.” -Soledad O’Brien, CNN Starting Point
  • “This is ‘you are there’ history at its best… [Reporting the Revolutionary War] lets us see and feel how events unfolded for the people who lived them.” –American History magazine
  • “I’ve seen nothing like it and I’ve been studying the Revolution since 1955.” – Thomas Fleming, author of 20 nonfiction books, many on the American Revolution
  • Reporting the Revolutionary War is one seriously impressive package… a must-have” –Armchair General Magazine
  • “An intriguing real-time look at the American Revolution… lavishly illustrated… Andrlik artfully directs… these pages charmingly return us to a troublesome time… an impressive cache of primary-source documents, normally the province of scholars, presented here in an entertaining, aesthetically pleasing fashion guaranteed to entice general readers.” – Kirkus Book Reviews
  • “Time has a way of condensing major historical events into a few key moments, with one-dimensional, legendary figures at the forefront. In his new book, author and archivist Todd Andrlik gives life and depth to one such event — the American Revolution. He uses newspaper reporting from that era to provide a sense of the Revolution as it actually unfolded.” – National Public Radio
  • “[A] distinctive volume on how the American Revolution was presented at the time…the format and presentation provide a useful supplement for those interested in the American Revolution in general or Revolutionary War newspapers in particular. ” – Library Journal
  • “This may be the most revolutionary book to come out in a long, long time. Reading the newspapers, and the historical essays, is to watch history unfold as readers during the Revolutionary War would have read it; without the history being distorted by the mists of 230+ years. It is a great adventure story to rank with the greatest of all time. It is not often that someone has the chance to create something new, and this book is something entirely new. Todd Andrlik and Neil Armstrong have something in common – going where no one else has ever gone before.” – Hugh T. Harrington, author of several history books
  • “I was… shocked by the brilliance of the book’s method and purpose, not to mention its sheer beauty. Books like this do not come along very often… Utterly brilliant, beautiful, fascinating and one-of-a-kind!” –Nathan T. (Amazon review)
  • Selected by Barnes & Noble as one of Sallye’s History Picks
  • Selected by Military Review as its September-October 2012 as its recommended title
  • Selected by American Profile as one of its Editor’s Picks
  • “A look back in time and tell the story of the battle for independence unlike any version that has been told.” – Military Review
  • “A coffee-table book with serious substance.” – Boston 1775
  • “In Reporting the Revolutionary War, Todd Andrlik has gathered a remarkable trove of newspapers, broadsheets, private correspondence, and battlefield reports that lets us experience the sparks of revolution the way the colonists did.” – Military Book Club