Tuesday, January 21, 2014

101 Great New Jersey Books

As part of its 350th anniversary celebration, the good folks at the New Jersey Historical Commission have chosen the 101 best books on New Jersey.  You can read the entire list here, but I have included some of my favorites below.

Patricia Bonomi, The Lord Cornbury Scandal: the Politics of Reputation in British America

Graham Russell Hodges, Slavery and Freedom in the Rural North: African Americans in Monmouth County, New Jersey, 1665-1865

Marc Mappen, Jerseyana: the Underside of New Jersey History

Richard McCormick, New Jersey: From Colony to State, 1609-1789

Michael S. Adelberg, The American Revolution in Monmouth County: The Theatre of Spoil and Destruction

David Hackett Fisher, Washington’s Crossing

Maxine Lurie & Marc Mappen, Encyclopedia of New Jersey

Peter Ames Carlin, Bruce

Maxine Lurie and Richard Veit, New Jersey: A History of the Garden State

Here are a few books I would have added to the list:

Larry Gerlach, Prologue to Independence

Ned Landsman, Scotland and its First American Colony

Jean Soderlund, Quakers and Slavery

Peter Wacker, Land and People

Daniel Wolff, Fourth of July, Asbury Park

W. Barksdale Maynard, Woodrow Wilson

Bryant Simon, Boardwalk Empire

Cindy Hahamovitch, The Fruits of Their Labor

Marc Dolan, Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll

Finally, I am happy that Maxine Lurie and Richard Veit's New Jersey: A History of the Garden State made the list.  I will take its selection as an endorsement of my essay on the American Revolution in New Jersey.  But I am disappointed that The Way of Improvement Leads Home was snubbed!!  (One of the benefits of having a blog is that I get to complain about these things).