Book cover of Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 by Elizabeth Fenn
Health and Psychology

Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82

The astonishing, hitherto unknown truths about a disease that transformed the United States at its birth

A horrifying epidemic of smallpox was sweeping across the Americas when the American Revolution began, and yet we know almost nothing about it. Elizabeth A. Fenn is the first historian to reveal how deeply variola affected the outcome of the war in every colony and the lives of everyone in North America. […Learn More]

Book cover of Cornwallis: Soldier and Statesman in a Revolutionary World by Richard Middleton
Biography & Autobiography

Cornwallis: Soldier and Statesman in a Revolutionary World

The first biography of Charles Cornwallis in forty years—the soldier, governor, and statesman whose career covered America, India, Britain, and Ireland

Charles, First Marquis of Cornwallis  (1738–1805), was a leading figure in late eighteenth-century Britain. His career spanned the American War of Independence, Irish Union, the French Revolutionary Wars, and the building of the Second British Empire in India—and he has long been associated with the unacceptable face of Britain’s colonial past. […Learn More]

Book cover of James Madison: America's First Politician by Jay Cost
Biography & Autobiography

James Madison: America’s First Politician

An intellectual biography of James Madison, arguing that he invented American politics as we know it 

How do you solve a problem like James Madison? The fourth president is one of the most confounding figures in early American history; his political trajectory seems almost intentionally inconsistent. He was both for and against a strong federal government. […Learn More]

Book cover of Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution by Eric Jay Dolin
History

Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution

The heroic story of the founding of the U.S. Navy during the Revolution has been told many times, yet largely missing from maritime histories of America’s first war is the ragtag fleet of private vessels that truly revealed the new nation’s character—above all, its ambition and entrepreneurial ethos. […Learn More]

Book cover of Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution by Willard Sterne Randall
Europe

Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution

Unshackling America challenges the persistent fallacy that Americans fought two separate wars of independence. Willard Sterne Randall documents an unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global struggle. Throughout this perilous period, the struggle was all about free trade. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Founders' Fortunes: How Money Shaped the Birth of America by Willard Sterne Randall
Biography & History

The Founders’ Fortunes: How Money Shaped the Birth of America

In 1776, upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers concluded America’s most consequential document with a curious note, pledging “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” Lives and honor did indeed hang in the balance, yet just what were their fortunes? How much did the Founders stand to gain or lose through independence? And what lingering consequences did their respective financial stakes have on liberty, justice, and the fate of the fledgling United States of America? […Learn More]

Book cover of Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation by Nicholas Guyatt
History

Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation 

Why did the Founding Fathers fail to include blacks and Indians in their cherished proposition that “all men are created equal”? The usual answer is racism, but the reality is more complex and unsettling. In Bind Us Apart, historian Nicholas Guyatt argues that, from the Revolution through the Civil War, most white liberals believed in the unity of all human beings. But their philosophy faltered when it came to the practical work of forging a color-blind society. […Learn More]