Russell Shorto

You Say You Want a Revolution



My new book comes out November 7! Early reviews: “Shorto brings the American Revolution to life in this vibrant account…” (Publisher’s Weekly). “Timely and engaging…a compelling narrative, rich in unexpected twists, turns and parallels” (Booklist). “An engaging, readable and surprisingly complete account of the American Revolution. A tour de force” (Gordon S. Wood, author of “The Radicalism of the American Revolution”).

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About the Author

  I was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. I have three children (Anna, Eva and Anthony) and three step-children (Reinier, Hector and Benjamin).  I write books of narrative history; I believe history is most meaningful to us when it manifests itself through individuals in conflict. My books have been published in fourteen languages and have won numerous awards.  I am senior scholar at the New Netherland Institute and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. My interests include the past, the present and the future, not necessarily in that order.  

photo by Keke Keukelaar