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I have gained more interest in learning about the history of America as a wargamer. What are some of your favorite books on early American history? I am perusing Amazon.com looking for an enjoyable/educational book that doesn't get bogged down like a college text book.

Here's what I'm thinking so far:

Battle Cry Freedom by McPherson



The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861 by Potter



A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent by Merry



John Adams by McCullough

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Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States", online!

http://www.historyisaweapon.com/zinnapeopleshistory.html
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One of the best books I've read in recent years.



The 1787 Continental Congress written as a novel. I wasn't expecting much when I got it but I was blown away by it. The history was there and accurate but by presenting it in novel form it made me feel like I was a delegate at the convention.

http://www.amazon.com/Tempest-at-Dawn-James-Best/dp/16049434...
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Almost a Miracle on the American Revolution.

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Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer.

I've read a bunch of books on the American Revolution and this is my favorite, although it only covers George Washington from 1775-77. If you want more books on other years and theaters, let me know, but this one is a doozy.

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Thanks all for the recommendations thus far! Looks like some very good reads to consider.
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I also really liked Barbara Tuchman's The First Salute. She makes the interesting point that it was first time that France and Britain fought where France was not fighting on continental Europe at the same time. So France had more opportunity to engage Britain at sea on a least a semi-equal basis.

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It depends on what kind of history you are looking for, and what you mean by "early".

I'll take "early" literally. For starters, Edmund S. Morgan's Puritan Dilemma I found eye-opening on Winthrop and early Massachusetts.



Actually, anything by Morgan is good. Such as The Stamp Act Crisis.



On the military side, Peckham's Colonial Wars is a good overview of American/British military relations.



Also Leach's Roots of Conflict.



For something provocative, try Webb's 1676 or Governors General.





Although these might be more academic than you'd like.
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