Suggested Reading List
Baltimore, Annapolis & the Chesapeake Bay
Author: Allison Blake
Description: An intimate guidebook to the Bay, lovingly written by a local newspaper reporter. The book covers sites all along the eastern and western shores of the bay, with lots of history and practical information.
Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs & the Chesapeake Bay
Author: William Warner
Description: A lovingly-written history of the blue crab, enriched with local color and a vivid overview of the Chesapeake Bay, its ecosystem, history and future.
Author: James Michener
Description: Michener works his usual magic, this time on the Chesapeake Bay, telling the history of the region through the story of a colorful family.
Chesapeake, Exploring the Water Trail of Captain John Smith
Author: John Page Williams
Description: Naturalist John Page Williams compares the Chesapeake of the Jamestown settlement with his explorations today, in this illustration natural and human history of the great bay.
Civil War Petersburg, Confederate City in the Crucible of War
Author: A. Wilson Greene
Description: The noted Civil War historian Wil Greene's expertly researched, eloquently written history of the Virginia city that was second only to Richmond in size and strategic significance during the Civil War.
Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation
Author: Joseph J. Ellis
Description: A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country.
Author: Andrea Wulf
Description: Andrea Wulf artfully examines the interplay of plants and politics in this earthy account, looking both at the role of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Quincy Adam as noble farmers and at the American relationship to nature during the eighteenth century.
Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown, The Official Guide to America’s Historic Triangle
Author: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Description: This guidebook has all the information you need about Virginia's "Historic Triangle," where the nation began.
Life in the Chesapeake Bay
Author: Alice Jane Lippson, Robert L. Lippson
Description: This combination field guide and ecological primer on the Chesapeake Bay is a comprehensive guide to local plants and animals which describes the wetlands habitat in which they live.
Moon Handbook Virginia, Including Washington D.C
Author: Julian Smith
Description: This compact guidebook covers Virginia and the Capital region. It combines text on history, culture and nature with practical information for travelers, and it features plenty of photographs, maps and illustrations.
On Seas of Glory: Heroic Men, Great Ships, and Epic Battles of the American Navy
Author: John Lehman
Description: An excellent history of American naval campaigns, by former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman.
Shiloh, The Battle that Changed the Civil War
Author: Larry J. Daniel
Description: The first scholarly study of the battle of Shiloh in more than twenty years, this well researched historical account juxtaposes scenes from the battlefield with glimpses into the driving politics behind the respective capitals of Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia.
The Americans, the Colonial Experience
Author: Daniel Boorstin
Description: Winner of the Bancroft Prize, this wide-ranging portrait of colonial America looks to the origins of the American character and its institutions.
The Civil War, An Illustrated History
Author: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
Description: An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts.
The Creation of the American Republic 1776-1787
Author: Gordon S. Wood
Description: This sweeping political history examines America's transformation from colony to republic during the Revolutionary War.
The First Salute, A View of the American Revolution
Author: Barbara Tuchman
Description: Pulitzer-prize winning author’s analysis of the American Revolution, focusing on the European politics surrounding the war, and the conflicts between the British and Dutch navy. Much of the action takes place in the Caribbean, the author providing a fascinating account of the role of St. Eustatius (the "Golden Rock") in the American Revolution.
The Price of Admiralty, The Evolution of Naval Warfare
Author: John Keegan
Description: Keegan analyzes four landmark naval battles: the 1805 British victory at Trafalgar, the WW I battle of Jutland and the WW II battles of Midway and the Atlantic.
United States Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Map
Description: A map of the eastern United States from the northern half of Georgia to the southern part of New York, at a scale of 1,200,000.
Author: Randall S. Peffer
Description: Peffer's salty account of a year on the graceful Cheseapeake Bay skipjacks captures the culture and daily life of the traditional fishermen.