I'm the author of "After Yorktown" (Westholme Publishing, November 2015), which questions assumptions about commonly held beliefs—American exceptionalism, that the Revolution ended with the British surrender at Yorktown., or that the war ended in America. (Hint: The last battle of the American Revolution was fought in India.)
As a former newspaper reporter, I try to separate fact from opinion, something many historians have trouble doing. (How many accounts of the Revolution have you read that talk about the "patriots" or "Americans," as if loyalists, Indians, and slaves were as patriotic and American in their opposition to Washington and his rebels?) I also try to put flesh and bones on these distant 18th century people: The "granny picture" of Washington on our one-dollar bill doesn't him or his opponents justice.
I was raised with the Revolution around me, born in Schenectady, NY—the frontier during the Revolution—and raised in Boston.
I live in the state named after a Revolutionary-era land speculator and general you might have heard of—Washington. From my office in Seattle, I see the Space Needle, Lake Union, and the Olympic Mountains. I root for the Mariners.