Jessica Holland

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The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy

A fair assessment of two Founders' legacies and highly relevant to our current political climate.

The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life

A compelling read for anyone interested in early American biographies.

The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation

Essential reading in Native American studies, as well as for those seeking a deeper understanding of George Washington and the Native populations of the early republic.

First Ladies of the Republic: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and the Creation of an Iconic American Role

With compelling storytelling and impeccable research, this is a must for all public, private, and university libraries with large early American history collections.

Unlikely General: "Mad" Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America

Overall, a compelling read. Pair with Colin Calloway's The Indian World of George Washington for a more complete history of early America and the struggles of Native Americans.

The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America

Focusing more on storytelling and less on analysis makes this an engaging popular history. For readers of David McCullough and Ron Chernow.

Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

Essential reading from a Pulitzer Prize-winning giant of early American history for both casual history readers and historians.

The Burr Conspiracy: Uncovering the Story of an Early American Crisis

A meticulously researched, comprehensive analysis essential to early American scholarship. For both academics and general readers who seek compelling microhistories.

George Washington: A Life in Books

Best for scholars of early American literature and print culture.

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