Al Frazza’s soon-to-be-released book:
State of Revolution:
My Seven-and-a-Half-Year Journey Through Revolutionary War New Jersey
State of Revolution: My Seven-and-a-Half-Year Journey Through Revolutionary War New Jersey is part history, part memoir, part travelogue, part love letter to the state of New Jersey.
The book interweaves historic Revolutionary War-era stories with Al’s own experiences while creating the Revolutionary War New Jersey website.
It tells the story of how The Revolutionary War New Jersey website began as a small project that Al thought would take a few months, and how it gradually expanded into a huge project which took thousands of hours over seven-and-a-half years.
Readers will also read stories of the New Jersey experiences of notable historical figures such as George Washington and Ben Franklin. Just as interesting are the stories of ordinary New Jersey residents whose lives, farms, and homes stood in the midst of the war zone.
By combining these various elements, the book creates a reading experience that is different from a standard book about history.
The book also lets the reader relive Al’s extensive journeys throughout the state, and the interesting and sometimes humorous experiences he had along the way.
Al Frazza explains his objectives with writing this book:
“I was trying to write a breezy, flowing narrative that would keep the interest of both casual and serious history readers. It consists of short chapters varying from my own experiences to historical stories. The history stories in the book were chosen specifically for their human interest. They focus on people rather than dates and fact-heavy information.
“What kept me most interested during my own seven-and-a-half years of research was not the details of battles or politics; it was the idea that those who lived in New Jersey in the 1770’s/1780’s actually existed in the middle of a war zone and had their lives dramatically affected by it. By focusing on these elements in the book, I hope to help the reader feel a greater connection to those who lived here before us.
“I also wanted the reader to understand that some of the physical markers of the Revolutionary War era still exist around us in New Jersey. Not only human-made structures like houses, churches and cemeteries, but features of the natural world like rivers, hills, and mountains. Those who called New Jersey home during the Revolutionary War — and the soldiers who marched, camped and fought here — walked on ground during that war which we now walk and drive on.”
State of Revolution: My Seven-and-a-Half-Year Journey Through Revolutionary War New Jersey contains all new material written specially for the book; it does not reprint text from the website. Reading the book is a very different experience. While the Revolutionary War New Jersey website is a very detail-heavy field guide, the book tells a much more personal, informal story. To contribute to the personal style Al was going for, he did not use a computer in the writing of the book. It was written entirely on a vintage manual typewriter that has been in his family since the late 1940’s.
State of Revolution: My Seven-and-a-Half-Year Journey Through Revolutionary War New Jersey will be released in 2022.