Named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Barnes & Noble, Todd Andrlik's first book -- Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News -- is the culmination of five years of research, curating, writing and editing. Published by Sourcebooks, Inc., the book allows readers to experience the American Revolution the way the colonists did -- in their very own town newspapers.
According to Soledad O'Brien of CNN Starting Point, “Americans can now see a different side of the birth of our country, as it was reported in real-time by the journalists of the day. [Reporting the Revolutionary War is] a fascinating account of Americans who witnessed the war unfold firsthand as it happened.”
Two centuries ago, newspapers were the only mass media and pivotal in the making of America. Just as social media helped ignite and organize the Arab Spring revolutions in the Middle East and Northern Africa, printed newspapers fanned the flames of rebellion in colonial America, provided critical correspondence during the Revolutionary War, sustained loyalty to the cause and ultimately aided in the outcome.
“I’ve seen nothing like it and I’ve been studying the Revolution since 1955,” said Thomas Fleming, author of 20 nonfiction books, about Andrlik's volume.
Through vivid eyewitness accounts, battlefield letters and breaking news compiled from hundreds of newspapers – printed on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean – the story of the American Revolution is unlike any version that has been told. It is raw and uncut, full of intense action, drama and suspense. From start to finish, these frontline newspapers deliver incomparable insight about America’s founding and combine to reveal one of the most real and comprehensive narratives of the Revolutionary Era, loaded with amazing characters, better-than-fiction plot twists and the perfect climax.
Todd Andrlik is the primary author and architect of Reporting the Revolutionary War (beforehistory.com). In addition to providing the initial vision for the project, Andrlik wrote several sections of the book, recruited more than three dozen historian contributors, directed nearly seventy essays, produced supplemental video, and conceived many of the project's print and digital components. Among America's leading Revolutionary War newspaper archivists, Andrlik built one of the most significant collections of American Revolution newspapers, containing the earliest printed reports of practically every major event and battle from 1763 through 1783. This once-private archive is now publicly exhibited for the first time in this book.
In addition to the 400-page, full-color book, Todd Andrlik and Sourcebooks launched a sensational multimedia package complete with website, digital archive, interactive/enhanced e-book, video and educational lesson plans. With Reporting the Revolutionary War, we brought the 18th century to the 21st.