Boston Reading

If you’ve been on one of my tours (thank you for coming!) and have asked me for recommended reading, or if you have simply stumbled on the site and would like to learn more about Boston (and American) history, here are some of the books I have read and found useful (and engaging!) in the course of my studies.

Revolutionary Boston:

Cradle of ViolenceCradle of Violence: How Boston’s Waterfront Mobs Ignited the American Revolution-Russell Bourne



American Tempest

American Tempest: How the Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution– Harlow Giles Unger



Bunker HillBunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution– Nathaniel Philbrick



The Shoemaker and the Tea PartyThe Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution– Alfred F. Young



The Court-Martial of Paul Revere: A Son of Liberty and America’s Forgotten Military Disaster– Michael M. Greenburg



The Adams:

John AdamsJohn Adams– David McCullough



Abigail and JohnAbigail and John: Portrait of a Marriage– Edith B. Gelles



Dearest FriendDearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams– Lynne Withey



Revolutionary America (Beyond Boston):

American Treasures: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address– Stephen Puleo


Founding BrothersFounding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation– Joseph J. Ellis



Boston Beyond the Revolution:

Boston WaysBoston Ways: High, By, and Folk– George F. Weston, Jr.



A City So GrandA City So Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900– Stephen Puleo




Death of an EmpireDeath of an Empire: The Rise and Murderous Fall of Salem, America’s Richest City– Robert Booth



Six Women of SalemSix Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials– Marilynne K. Roach



Boston Characters:

The CaningThe Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War– Stephen Puleo



Cambridge Characters:

The Appletons of Beacon Hill

The Appletons of Beacon Hill– Louise Hall Tharp



Longfellow- A Rediscovered LifeLongfellow: A Rediscovered Life– Charles C. Calhoun



Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child– Bob Spitz



A Covert Affair: When Julia and Paul Child joined the OSS– Jennet Conant



My Life in France– Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme



The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act



Harvard and Radcliffe:

Yards and GatesYards and Gates: Gender in Harvard and Radcliffe History– Laurel Thatcher Ulrich



The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars– Dava Sobel