12-04-2009 02:18 AM
There are so many books on this war, for obvious reasons. However, I would recommend 1776 and any one of the following by Bruce Chadwick. I have read a few of Bruce Chadwick's works on the Civil War and let me tell you, he really knows how to capture a moment in his writing. I would venture a guess that his works on the Revolution are equally as vivid and worthwhile.
12-13-2009 10:53 AM
You might consider "The Glorious Cause" by Robert Middlekauff. This book is now in it's third edition and was originally part of the Oxford History of the United States series. The compelling feature of this book is that the author describes not just the events of the American Revolution but also the events and politics of the 1760's in America and England. In doing so, the reader gets an much better understanding of what compelled the American colonies to declare independence. This was one of the first detailed history books about the American revolutionary period that I read (the first edition) and it set the stage for me for all of the books on this topic that I have since read. If you are looking to understand not just what happened but why, this book is a good start.