Commemorate the Fourth of July with a little extra reading time! This selection of fiction and nonfiction titles features founding fathers, election campaigns, trials, tribulations, romance and celebrations. Fireworks optional!
Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti
When the men are away, the women will…come together to support, nurture, learn from and get to know one another. Especially when the men are away on the campaign trail for the presidential election and the women still have full lives, families and businesses to take care of.
Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher
This book takes a deep dive into the fascinating trial of Peachy Quinn Harrison, the son of two of Lincoln’s greatest supporters, for the murder of Greek Crafton, a young man who had trained to be a lawyer in the office Lincoln worked for—and who was the grandson of one of Lincoln’s most fervent political opponents.
The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington by Charles Rosenberg
In 1776, at the height of the American Revolution, a plot was hatched to kidnap George Washington and have him sent to London to stand trial for his crimes against England. This story gives us a look at how the trial—and history—might have played out if the leader of a young country’s war had been removed from the battleground before victory could be achieved.
Grant by Ron Chernow
From Grant’s ventures as a failing businessman before the Civil War, to his victories on the battleground, his election to the White House and more, Chernow looks at the often-misunderstood, complicated figure that helped shape modern America. A very humanizing story that will appeal to all sorts of readers, not just military or political buffs.
What will you be reading this Independence Day? Let us know in the comments!