The SAR Magazine

Winter 2018

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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12 SAR MAGAZINE Books for Consideration O ften new members join our organization who, like me, are not up-to-date on the events of the American Revolution. There is an impressive selection of books that will aid in learning more about the events that led to gaining our freedom from Great Britain. These will provide a chronological tour through the major activities of this eight-year war. n Paul Revere's Ride (Fischer) n Decisive Day (Ketchum) n Winter Soldiers (Ketchum) n Sarasota (Ketchum) n 1776 (McCullough) n The Road to Valley Forge (Buchanan) n The Road to Guilford Courthouse (Buchanan) n Almost a Miracle (Ferling) These cover the major battles and events. There are numerous books on George Washington and other Founding Fathers. One that I enjoy the most is Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Books covering other interesting topics include: Washington's Spies (Rose), The Guns of Independence (York), His Excellency and Founding Brothers (Ellis), and George Washington's Indispensible Men (Lefkowitz). Of course, there are a number of heroes whose exploits make interesting reading. Among those are Light Horse Harry Lee, Francis Marion, Thomas Sumter, Daniel Morgan, Nathanael Greene, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Lafayette and many more. The story leading to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the launching of our republic has many authors. Each provides great learning and enjoyment as you travel through this exciting time of our history. — George Thurmond, GA SAR Missouri Compatriot Clifford Olsen has published Thomas Jefferson: America, Please Listen, which he bills as a face-to-face conversation on modern day issues with one of our founders. Issues discussed include the War on Terror, the politics of the Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court, the media, Right to Life, religion, global warming and Black Lives Matter. • • • Containing tales of danger, greed, and patriotism, Robert H. Patton's Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution presents the story of America's seaborne insurgency against the British merchant ships and Navy. Privateering, a wartime tactic authorized by Congress and financed by men such as Robert Morris and Nathanael Greene, proved to be a sketchy endeavor for many who took to the high seas to seek their fortunes in an uncertain war. • • • It's not often that kids witness the birth of a nation, but in a new book by award-winning author Jenny L. Cote, children get a firsthand look at the extraordinary events leading up to the American Revolution. The Voice, The Revolution, and the Key was released in August. "My life mission is to get kids passionate about history by making it come alive," said Cote, who meticulously researched the life of Patrick Henry. Richard Schumann of Colonial Williamsburg said: "Not only is this a gripping adventure filled with inspiration, suspense and moral lessons, it is also a true account of the life of one of America's greatest heros." • • • John Paul Jones is considered the father of the American Navy, and his defiant words "I have not yet begun to fight!" are the epitome of courage under fire. But after the American Revolution, he was largely forgotten. In What Remains: Searching for the Memory and Lost Grave of John Paul Jones, Robert Hornick explores why Jones was forgotten, the subsequent recovery of his memory and remains, and the much- delayed commemoration of his achievements. The book chronicles the efforts of those who, in the 19th century and early 20th century, reconstructed Jones's legacy and returned both his physical remains and memory to a place of honor. Published by the University of Massachusetts Press, What Remains is available in hardcover and paperback. • • • Eight Years A Soldier is the story of Isaac Levan, a young German immigrant and indentured servant who joined his adopted country's fight for freedom as a teenager and came of age serving in the Continental Army. Living the life of a soldier for eight years, he was witness to many significant battles and was on hand when the war ended at Yorktown. He knew hunger, lack of proper clothing and footwear and the other hardships known only by those who serve their country. Compatriot Ron Jones of Tennessee has written two other books, both on the Civil War: War Comes to Broad River and The Road to Rock Island. 20 SAR MAGAZINE

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