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1776 Written by David McCullough | ISBN: 0743226712

Considered to be a landmark book in American history, 1776 by David McCullough describes the trials and tribulations of those who signed the Declaration of Independence.  It has been hailed as a gripping narrative of the beginning of the Revolutionary War that showcases dozens of individual accounts of the events.  A must read for the history buff.



Washington’s Crossing Written by David Hackett Fischer | ISBN: 0195170342

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer is a remarkable glimpse into one of the most significant and impactful moments in American history.  With a message that transcends its scope, Washington’s Crossing is a powerful example of how the will and determination of an individual can surprise an enemy against all odds, and transform a nation and a people forever.



Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding FatherWritten by Jonathan Hennessey and Illustrated by Justin Greenwood | ISBN: 978-039957998

A graphic novel about the American hero that inspired the Broadway megahit Hamilton. The authors bring Alexander Hamilton’s story to life, telling the story of the man that had a huge impact in shaping America. A must read for any fans of the musical. 



Kickflip Boys: A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion, and the Chaos of Fatherhood By Neal Thompson | ISBN: 978-0062394347

A fun and relatable memoir about a modern American family. The author recounts the upbringing of his children in the skateboarding community. A community that accepted them when they didn’t fit in and how it helped them overcome their struggles and achieve freedom and acceptance.

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