The British Are Coming

Volume One of the Revolution Trilogy

From the bestselling author of the Liberation Trilogy comes the extraordinary first volume of his new trilogy about the American Revolution

“To say that Atkinson can tell a story is like saying Sinatra can sing…. It is as if Ken Burns somehow gained access to a time machine, traveled back to the Revolutionary era, then captured historical scenes on film as they were happening…. It is difficult to imagine any reader putting this beguiling book down without a smile and a tear.”

—Joseph J. Ellis, The New York Times Book Review

“For sheer dramatic intensity, swinging from the American catastrophes at Quebec and Fort Washington to the resounding and surprising successes at Trenton and Princeton, all told in a way equally deeply informed about British planning and responses, there are few better places to turn.”

The Washington Post

“Atkinson takes his time, but there’s delight in all that detail…. Atkinson is a superb researcher, but more importantly a sublime writer. On occasion I reread sentences simply to feast on their elegance…. This is volume one of a planned trilogy. Atkinson will be a superb guide through the terrible years of killing ahead.”

The Times (London)

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Rick AtkinsonRick Atkinson is the bestselling author of the Liberation Trilogy—An Army at Dawn, The Day of Battle, and The Guns at Last Light—as well as The Long Gray Line and other books. His many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for history and journalism. A former staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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Find out the latest happenings with Rick Atkinson and with the publication of the first volume of the Revolution Trilogy:

5/4/2019 / Mt. Vernon Revolutionary War Weekend / Mt. Vernon, VA

5/14/2019 / Politics & Prose / Washington, DC

5/15/2019 / The Brattle Theater / Boston, MA

5/16/2019 / New York Historical Society / In Conversation with General Petraeus / NY, NY

5/20/2019 / Pritzker Military Library / Chicago, IL

5/21/2019 / Rainy Day Books / Unity Temple / Kansas City, KS

5/22/2019 / Atlanta History Center / with Glen Jackson / Atlanta, GA

5/23/2019 / Authors Live! / The Highland Park United Methodist Church / Dallas, TX

5/28/2019 / Mt. Vernon / Mt. Vernon, VA

5/29/2019 / Quail Ridge Books / Raleigh, NC

5/30/2019 / Philadelphia Free Library / Philadelphia, PA

5/31/19 / Washington Crossing / Washington Crossing, PA

6/4/2019 / Tattered Cover / Colfax location / Denver, CO

6/5/2019 / Bookpeople Austin’s Central Library / Austin, TX

6/10/2019 / Kepler’s Literary Foundation / San Francisco, CA

6/12/2019 / Seattle Public Central Library / Seattle, WA

6/13/2019 / Oregon Historical Society / Portland, OR

6/26/2019 / AUSA / Lemnitzer Lecture / Arlington, VA

7/4/2019 / Mt. Vernon / Mount Vernon, VA

8/31/2019 / National Book Festival / Washington, DC

9/10/2019 / The Citadel / Charleston, SC

9/18/19 / US Army & Education Heritage Center / Carlisle, PA

10/23/2019 / Virginia Museum of History & Culture / Richmond, VA

11/14/19 / Georgia Historical Society / Savannah, GA

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George Washington, A Novice General

At the start of the Revolutionary War, it had been seventeen years since General George Washington last wore a military uniform and he was only a provincial officer with limited experience in frontier combat. But it quickly became clear, Washington was instinctively, brilliantly, a political general.

Rick Atkinson on Writing the American Revolution

The American Revolution is a creation story that accounts for who we are, where we came from, what we believe, and what our forebears were willing to die for. Rick Atkinson’s new trilogy shows the war as soldiers and militiamen saw it—terrifying, bestial, and occasionally grand—and as generals fought it, sometimes well, often badly.

King George III and the American Revolution

King George III was shrewder, more complex, and more intriguing than we often acknowledge. He was king for sixty years, from 1760 to 1820. He was frugal in an age of excess, pious at a time of impiety. He despised disorder and loathed disobedience.


The British Are Coming Reviewed in The New York Times

“To say that Atkinson can tell a story is like saying Sinatra can sing.” Read the full Review

Rick Atkinson Interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition