McCullough, David G.
Historical books should be eye opening. This one is, in many different ways. McCullogh helps us understand how close the fledgling republic was to losing the war in that year. It goes into detail about the petty squabbling that was going on at that time among the Founding Fathers, how each colony was so vastly different from the other, almost like independent countries (which many believed until the American Civil War). It also shares how Washington and a handful of others showed extraordinary courage and by so doing, created a new nation.