Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence - Joseph J. Ellis A very detailed read. This book drills down in a period of time. where a number of other books skimmed over. This was definitely a slower read for me. At first, I wasn't impressed with it because it seemed to be skimming, but then about 50 pages in the author started to focus on the title of the book. I def. liked this over the last book I read by this author and felt that it was more "personable" than his book on George Washington.