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First among Men: George Washington and the Myth of American Masculinity by Maurizio Valsania


Female Genius: Eliza Harriot and George Washington at the Dawn of the Constitution by Mary Sarah Bilder

His Masterly Pen: A Biography of Jefferson the Writer by Fred Kaplan

The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams by Stacy Schiff



Washington at the Plow: The Founding Farmer and the Question of Slavery by Bruce A. Ragsdale


Perfecting the Union: National and State Authority in the US Constitution by Max M. Edling

The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain's Wars for America by Julie Flavell

Minds and Hearts: The Story of James Otis, Jr. and Mercy Otis Warren by Jeffery H. Hacker

George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father by David O. Stewart



1774: The Long Year of Revolution by Mary Beth Norton


Aristocratic Education and the Making of the American Republic by Mark Boonshoft

Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War by Vincent Brown

Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation by Peter Cozzens

The Age of Phillis by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

The President Who Would Not Be King: Executive Power under the Constitution by Michael W. McConnell

A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War by William G. Thomas III



The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson


Stolen: Five Free Boys Stolen into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home by Richard Bell

The Property of the Nation: George Washington's Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President by Matthew R. Costello

Heirs of an Honored Name: The Decline of the Adams Family and the Rise of Modern America by Douglas Egerton

World of Trouble: A Philadelphia Quaker Family's Journey through the American Revolution by Richard Godbeer

A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution by David Head

The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington by Martha Saxton



The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation by Colin Calloway


Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father by Stephen Fried

Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America by Catherine Kerrison

The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life by Joyce Lee Malcolm

In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by
Nathaniel Philbrick

Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom by Russell Shorto

Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father by Peter Stark



George Washington: A Life in Books by Kevin J. Hayes


The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence by S. Max Edelson

Boston's Massacre by Eric Hinderaker

Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty by Jon Kukla

The Burr Conspiracy: Uncovering the Story of an Early American Crisis by James E. Lewis, Jr.

The Power of Objects in Eighteenth-Century America by Jennifer Van Horn

Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England by Douglas L. Winiarski



Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick


George Washington's Journey: The President Forges a New Nation by T.H. Breen

"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf

A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley by Jane Kamensky

The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution by Michael J. Klarman

Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle by Mark Edward Lender and Garry Wheeler Stone

American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 by Alan Taylor



The Washingtons: George and Martha, "Join'd by Friendship, Crown'd by Love" by Flora Fraser


Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention by Mary Sarah Bilder

Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution by Kathleen DuVal

Washington's Revolution: The Making of America's First Leader by Robert Middlekauff

Revolutions without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World by Janet Polasky

Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of Monongahela and the Road to Revolution by David Preston

War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation by John Sedgwick


Special Award

Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda


Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America by Nick Bunker


A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia by Richard S. Dunn

When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees who Shaped a Nation by Francois Furstenberg

The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding by Eric Nelson



The Men who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire by Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy


The First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding of American Democracy by Jeffrey L. Pasley 

The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor



George Washington: Gentleman Warrior by Stephen Brumwell


Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire by Eliga H. Gould

Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times by Cynthia A. Kierner

Thomas Jefferson and American Nationhood by Brian Steele



Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World by Maya Jasanoff


Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? A Historical Introduction by John Fea

Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors by Benjamin H. Irvin



Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 by Pauline Maier


Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America by Jack Rakove

The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies by Alan Taylor



Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution by Richard Beeman


The Founding Fathers Reconsidered by R.B. Bernstein

Abigail & John: Portrait of a Marriage by Edith B. Gelles



The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed


The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson by Kevin J. Hayes

The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America's First Banking Collapse by Jane Kamensky



The Slave Ship: A Human History by Marcus Rediker


Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution by Woody Holton

1812: War with America by Jon Latimer



Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution by Charles Rappleye


In the Name of the Father by Francois Furstenberg

A Perfect Union by Catherine Allgor



A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America by Stacy Schiff


General George Washington: A Military Life by Edward Lengel

America's Battle for Freedom, Britain's Quagmire: 1775-1783 by Stanley Weintraub



Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow


Landon Carter's Uneasy Kingdom by Rhys Isaac

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by by Gordon S. Wood