Five Things to Read for the 4th of July

Five Things to Read for the Fourth of July

Today the United States turns 241 years old. Happy Independence Day!

Here are five excellent and patriotic works that I recommend. They are in no particular order and are certainly good to read any time of the year, but especially this time of year.

1. The Light and the Glory


This excellent volume is the first in a trilogy chronicling early American history. The title comes from a letter John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail after the passing of the Declaration of Independence. He said, “I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means.”

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2. God in the Trenches


Larkin Spivey is a retired Marine who writes in this book about turning points in US history where amazing, miraculous events turned the tide. Some call it good luck. Spivey calls it the Hand of God. With a humble perspective and thorough research, the author traces the theme of freedom through American history.

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3. American Gun


American Gun examines guns throughout American history. The first gun featured is the American Long Rifle which played a big part in the Revolutionary War. The United States was born in war and so it is only fitting to learn about the guns that helped win our freedom. Read my full review→

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4. The Declaration of Independence


You might call this America’s birth certificate. A great tradition would be to read the Declaration of Independence every 4th of July. We should remind ourselves what it was the signers were willing to give their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for.

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5. 1776


Not only is 1776 one of the best history books I’ve ever read, it’s also one of my favorite books of all time. McCullough is a master storyteller when it comes to historical narrative. This book tells the compelling story of all the victories and defeats in the year this country was born. The epic story is one of tragedy and triumph. This book is absolutely fascinating.

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What are some books you would add to the list?

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