New Book Sets Benchmark for Style, Substance


November 4, 2013
by Editors Also by this Author


Journal of the American Revolution is the leading source of knowledge about the American Revolution and Founding Era. We feature smart, groundbreaking research and well-written narratives from expert writers. Our work has been featured by the New York Times, TIME magazine, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian, Mental Floss, NPR, and more. Journal of the American Revolution also produces annual hardcover volumes, a branded book series, and the podcast, Dispatches

journal_amrevNew History Book Loaded with Fascinating Discoveries, Expert Analysis on American Revolution; The Revolutionary War is Remarkably Presented in this Compilation of 60 Essays by 20 Historians

We are treating today as our official launch day with books immediately available via the publisher’s website and via the publisher’s Amazon marketplace. Those who buy direct from Amazon may need to wait a few more days as books are still in transit to that particular Amazon warehouse (hence the “temporarily out of stock” notice). So if you can’t wait, click here and use the Ertel Publishing, Inc. seller option with fulfillment by Amazon. You’ll have one- or two-day shipping options. Now, on with the formal announcement.

Academic journals on the subject of early America often over-intellectualize topics and can easily intimidate casual readers. Popular websites and periodicals, when they do tackle the Revolutionary War, typically don’t provide the substance, depth or breadth of historical study craved by serious readers. Aiming to fill the middle ground void is the new book Journal of the American Revolution (ISBN: 9780966075182; Ertel Publishing; November 2013; $26.95 U.S.; Hardcover; History).

The book is a remarkably presented collection of never-before-published essays and remastered articles from the webzine Journal of the American Revolution (, which was founded in January 2013 by Todd Andrlik, author of Reporting the Revolutionary War (Sourcebooks, 2012). The book and website are edited by historians Todd Andrlik, Hugh T. Harrington and Don N. Hagist, and feature numerous expert contributors: Michael Adelberg, Todd Andrlik, Michael Barbieri, J. L. Bell, Benjamin L. Carp, Elizabeth M. Covart, Jimmy Dick, Thomas Fleming, Don N. Hagist, Hugh T. Harrington, Lars D. H. Hedbor, Benjamin H. Irvin, Paul Lockhart, Wayne Lynch, Jim Piecuch, Ray Raphael, Michael Schellhammer, Taylor Stoermer, Morgan Sumrell and William M. Welsch.

“After publishing 200 articles online for 250,000 readers, we are reversing the publishing trend, going digital to print, and offering our readers this stunning collector’s print edition of important historical research and writing,” said Andrlik.

In a world of increasing historical illiteracy and apathy, Journal of the American Revolution publishes passionate, creative and smart content intended to make history more palatable. It aims to delight casual readers, novice historians and expert scholars equally. Its content has been featured by MSNBC, Smithsonian, Slate and many more. The book presents groundbreaking story lines via a healthy variety of in-depth features and engaging columns, in both short- and long-form, with an eye for accuracy over legend. Each article is accompanied by high definition images – portraits, maps, photos and more – including some that are appearing in print for the first time.

“It’s edutainment, or a much-needed business casual approach to scholarship,” Andrlik said. “This book is intended to be a collector’s hardcover edition of a website that is quickly becoming the leading source of information about the American Revolution and Founding.”

Some of the questions and curiosities addressed in Journal of the American Revolution include:

  • What was the true start of the American Revolution?
  • Who came up with “no taxation without representation”?
  • Were the Founding Fathers young enough to be Founding Teenagers or Twentysomethings?
  • What role did dogs play in the war?
  • How did the Sons of Liberty influence the rebellion?
  • How did news about America’s independence go viral in 1776?
  • How did Washington’s army actually cross the Delaware River?
  • At what moment did Washington become a politician as well as a general?
  • What was it really like to walk the colonial streets of Boston, Philadelphia or New York?
  • How did Washington’s mastery of intelligence lead to one of the most daring battles?
  • What was the treatment for a scalped head or arrow wound?
  • Was the most hated Loyalist in America really a Patriot spy?
  • And what about those British soldiers?

Via nearly 60 articles by 20 different expert authors, these questions and many more are addressed with meticulous detail, fascinating anecdotes and stunning images. With the book planned as an annual offshoot of, this is considered volume one of Journal of the American Revolution. For more information, please visit Purchase the book on Amazon or direct from the publisher.



  • Just received email from Ertel and my book has shipped. There is no doubt in my mind the Editors did an amazing job and look forward to receiving my new history book!

  • Just got my copy yesterday. It looks just fabulous. Very professionally done with great illustration. Best of all. It appears to say: Vol I on the side. 🙂

  • Received on Friday. I’m very happy that the editors elected the hardcover. I’m looking forward to reading it cover to cover. Congratulations on a wonderful Volume I.

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