Revolutionary reads Just in time for Independence Day, here are three new books of American history.
Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History (Crown Archetype) by Andrew Carroll (War Letters) is the fascinating story of the author's journeys to such notable spots as the New Jersey train stop where Abraham Lincoln's son Robert fell on the tracks and was rescued — by John Wilkes Booth's brother.
Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776 (Basic Books) by Richard R. Beeman is a lively and informed narrative of the unlikely 22-month process that turned the fractious American colonies into a republic.
Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence (Alfred A. Knopf) by Joseph J. Ellis is the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian's recounting of the momentous political and military events of that period.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor