Thanks, Tom - I hope to read these soon (having already read "Crucible") Great recommendations. May I also suggest "Six Frigates"? Similar time period and founding of the US Navy.
From Tom R. -- I just finished "George Mason-Forgotten Founder", and am about 25% through with "John Marshall and The Heroic Age of the Supreme Court". Absolutely fascinating-even though sometimes the esoteric points of law are a bit elusive, the overall picture of his influence in what we have come to take for granted is enormous. I suggest that "Crucible of War", followed by George Mason and finishing out with John Marshall form a perfect historical trilogy.
I have just ordered, oddly enough, the "Battle of Thermopylae", and the related "Making of the Movie 300" (about the same battle). My son-in-law saw the movie 300 twice, once in IMAX, and says he is going a third time-figured I may as well read about it. Actually, were it not for the Spartans, we would probably be speaking Persian today.
I am also ordering from History Book Club "The Summer of 1787-The Men Who Wrote the Constitution". Should tie everything together quite well. I still have not read the "Benjamin Franklin" bio and "Benedict Arnold's Navy". Oh well, as I have less and less of a life, I can do a lot of reading.someday I will move off the Revolution and work my way towards the War of Northern Aggression. Should carry me well into retirement.
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