JAR Annual Volume 2015 Update


June 4, 2015
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

We are having a blast working with our contributors and Westholme Publishing to produce collectible hardbacks in 2015 and beyond, and we can’t wait to share the finished product, the inaugural fruits of the JAR-Westholme collaboration, with everyone. Yesterday, we received a box of our new books from our distributor, University of Chicago Press, and they look stunning. As we mentioned in the initial announcement, the new annual volumes will not resemble the first. These are more traditional books in size and design, and include a comprehensive index to make them more resourceful and collectible.

To all of you who have ordered copies of the 2015 hardback, we ask for your patience as it will likely be a few more days before pre-orders are shipped. The University of Chicago Press is transitioning to a new fulfillment system, which caused a delay in shipments. The book was scheduled to ship from retailers last week on Thursday, May 28. Instead, retailers received their books this week and are still processing pre-orders. Each retailer has a different method for receiving shipments and triggering that the book is available for sale, so it is difficult to gauge precise shipment dates. We apologize for any inconvenience, but rest assured the new annual volume will be in your hands very soon and we hope you’ll agree it was worth the wait. We are assured this is a one-time hiccup only experienced due to the timing of our annual volume coinciding with the launch of a new fulfillment system. Had the book been released next month there would have been no delay on Amazon or anywhere else.

Lastly, we are happy to report that sales of the new book are strong. In fact, so strong that we are almost sold out of the first print run. A second printing will be ordered in the weeks ahead. Thanks again to all our customers, writers, readers and advertisers for their ongoing support. JAR isn’t possible without you.

UPDATE: Books are available and shipping now. Purchase on Amazon, via Westholme Publishing or your favorite bookseller.


  • Fort Plain Museum received their case of books yesterday! I bought the first one and have the next two weeks off! Can’t wait to read it!

    It looks great, excellent job by the JAR. Congratulations to all of the contributors!

    Brian Mack

    1. I’m assuming, Brian, that you took the next two weeks off BECAUSE the book arrived yesterday and you bought the first copy. Everyone should be so wise!

      1. It’s in my work contract that I get 2 weeks off when the JAR print edition is published and everyone should do the same!

  • Todd,

    It has truly been a privilege to be a part of the process, so waiting a few days is hardly an issue. Congratulations to you, the editors, and Westholme on what looks like a spectacular book and we all look forward to JAR’s continued success.

  • Amazon just now reported on my order of 27 February 2015. With PRIME two-day shipping it should get to the Pacific Rim on Wednesday 10 June 2015!

  • Last week, I’d spoken to a long-time good friend of mine who directs Friends of the Library for the Hillsborough County Public Library system, a huge geographic area comprising west central Florida.

    We agreed that when I get my copy, she’s going to peruse through it and quite possibly order a large quantity of them for the library system. She says they’re in need of good, updated material on the Revolutionary War and thinks the varied, short articles would be perfect for library book readers today. Huzzah.

  • Just heard from Amazon that my copy should be in my hands by June 11th.
    I can’t wait!
    I received your first “Journal” for Christmas. This new one is my birthday gift.
    And I purchased Reporting the Revolutionary War at B&N because the whole idea of “it was news before it was history” was, to me, very cool.
    It was better than cool. In fact, it has become one of my favorites because of its “you are there” appeal, and I’m constantly referring to it as I continue reading other books on the era to see what “they” had to say about certain events.
    Methinks you all are primed for the sestercentennial of the American Revolution in ten years, and these books (as well as future volumes) will be the main source of research.
    Thank you.

  • From your lips to God’s ears, Ken. Thank you for such kind words! History is my third full-time job after being a full-time husband/father and full-time marketing professional, so receiving testimonials like yours and knowing these projects are helpful to others is what helps keep me going.

  • My copy is here, Monday not Wednesday! Gorgeous book! And with it came (belatedly) the Gaston-Lincoln Genealogical Society journal FOOTPRINTS IN TIME (December 2014) which contains a reprinting of “The Tryon County Patriots of 1755 and Their ‘Association,'” slightly expanded for the home folks. (The editor, Robert Carpenter, is, of course, a cousin of mine, as is the Secretary, Ann Dellinger). Mr. Carpenter makes his thanks to JAR clear: “Especially if you are not familiar with this ‘webzine’ already, I recommend that you access the site and read this excellent online article. Parker and the editors of the JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION have given me permission to print here in FOOTPRINTS IN TIME a slightly longer version of the article, one which contains additional details about our forebears. I thank Hershel and his publishers at JAR and I know that you will enjoy reading about what is now commonly known as the ‘Tryon Resolves.'” Cousin Robert says the response was indeed favorable, many of his readers being related so many ways. Todd and Don, thanks again, and congratulations on the 2015 volume, Todd.

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