I just finished reading An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America (2014) by Nick Bunker. In his afterword, Bunker offered a listing of what he considered the ten most useful books on the origin of the American Revolution. I know we all have our favorites--here is his list in order of relevance:
- Jensen, Merrill, The Founding of a Nation: A History of the
American Revolution, 1763-1776 (1968).
- Greene, Jack P., The Constitutional Origins of the American
- Marshall, P. J., The Making and Unmaking of Empires: Britain,
India, and America, c.1750-1783 (2005).
- Wood, Gordon S., The Radicalism of the American Revolution
- Breen, T. H., American Insurgents, American Patriots: The
Revolution of the People (2010).
- Anderson, Fred, Crucible of War (2000).
- O’Shaughnessy, Andrew Jackson, The Men Who Lost America (2013).
- Black, Jeremy, George III: America’s Last King (2006).
- Bailyn, Bernard, The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson (1974).
- Boswell, James, The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791).