The SAR Magazine

Winter 2018-2019

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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XX SAR MAGAZINE Books for Consideration 40 SAR MAGAZINE Ever since Hamilton burst onto the Broadway stage in 2015, the musical starring Lin-Manuel Miranda has continued to smash box office records, with tickets selling for more than $1,000. Once again, the American Revolution has ignited our appetite for stories celebrating the founding of the United States of America. Not surprisingly, this interest has translated into bestsellers and television shows featuring stories about the Revolution, including Alexander Rose's Washington's Spies, Brian Kilmeade's George Washington's Secret Six, David McCullough's 1776 and Turn: Washington's Spies on AMC. Joining this compelling company is acclaimed author Chris Formant, who tells the forgotten story of how a group of citizen soldiers from Maryland fought a heroic battle against elite British forces to preserve the Continental Army and save the life of General George Washington in Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and the Battle of Brooklyn (Permuted Press; Feb. 19, 2019; $27). In this epic adventure based on scholarly research, two young, aspiring Baltimore merchants, one white and one black, march to Brooklyn as part of the Maryland militia. Undertrained and under equipped, they would soon be on the frontlines of one of the most decisive battles for American independence. Formant immerses us in their dedication and their sacrifice as he weaves an epic tale, which includes actual historical figures. These all-but- forgotten men who held back the British, made it possible for Washington to evacuate hundreds of soldiers to Manhattan and create a new military strategy that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. Saving Washington has already captured the attention of filmmakers and has been optioned by the Emmy Award-winning producer of HBO's Big Little Lies and Deadwood. Formant is a student of history, a former top executive of a multibillion-dollar global business, and a technology company CEO. His debut novel, Bright Midnight, received lavish praise and has been dubbed the "Da Vinci Code for Rock and Roll Fans." In the book, Formant created a mystery in which he reimagined the deaths of rock icons as murders. Formant divides his time between Baltimore, Md., and Sedona, Ariz. PPP In journalist Charles Rappleye's hefty biography of Robert Morris, we learn about the rise and fall of one of America's founding fathers. Morris—a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution—is largely remembered for his financial contributions to the war efforts through his shipping and banking company, Willing & Morris. A member of the Pennsylvania Council of Safety and the Continental Congress, Morris used his merchant network to equip the Continental Army with gunpowder, weapons and other supplies. He is also credited with raising the necessary funds that allowed Gen. George Washington to move the army to Yorktown in the fall of 1781. After the war, Morris invested heavily in several ruinous land speculation schemes, resulting in him spending three years in debtor's prison. He died in the spring of 1806 and is buried at Christ Church in Philadelphia. Simon & Schuster published Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution. PPP The historic Battles of Lexington and Concord were the culmination of years of unrest between those loyal to the British monarch and those advocating more autonomy. In A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution, April 19, 1775, historians Phillip S. Greenwalt and Robert Orrison unfold the facts, uncovering the amazing history of this pivotal spring day and the changes it ushered in for Massachusetts and the other Colonies. Author Chris Formant

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