To celebrate Memorial Day weekend and the 100-article anniversary of Journal of the American Revolution, we are giving away three signed copies of Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News (Sourcebooks, 2012) by Todd Andrlik. Plus, each winner will also receive a faux leather writing journal. To enter, simply leave a comment below before noon EST on Tuesday, May 28. A winner will be randomly selected Sunday, Monday and Tuesday afternoons, and announced via the comments below.
Reporting the Revolutionary War was recently named Best American Revolution Book of 2012 and has earned rave reviews:
- “I’ve seen nothing like it and I’ve been studying the Revolution since 1955.” -Thomas Fleming
- “One seriously impressive package… a must-have.” -Armchair General Magazine
- “This is ‘you are there’ history at its best.” -American History Magazine
- “A veritable time machine in book form.” -Midwest Book Review’s Library Bookwatch
- “Lavishly illustrated… guaranteed to entice.” -Kirkus Book Reviews
- “The story of the battle for independence unlike any version that has been told.” -Military Review
- “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.” -CNN’s Soledad O’Brien
What does history look like while you’re living it? The events of the Revolutionary War weren’t always fixed history — they were once breaking news, eagerly and confusedly reported in New England’s tiny 18th century newspapers. 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 colonists and pushed them to fight for freedom and change. “The newspapers… this is where you see the ideas of the Revolution and you see what it is that motivates people to go from simply being farmers or artisans or mechanics to being soldiers, or to signing onto a privateer, and to thinking that they can oppose the most powerful empire in the world and win,” said professor-author Robert J. Allison, one of the 37 historian contributors. 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.
Leave your comments below to be entered to win. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday afternoons we will randomly select a winner (three total) and notify them via email and a comment below. Good luck!
Video embed: Reporting the Revolutionary War book trailer