I am available to speak on my four Revolutionary War books: Abductions in the American Revolution, Spies in Revolutionary Rhode IslandKidnapping the Enemy, and The Rhode Island Campaign.  My talks, which are accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation showing key images, generally last about 40 minutes, and I leave time for questions. I try to inject some humor in my talks—responses range from hand-over mouth tittering to knee-slapping guffaws.

Christian McBurney will give a book lecture and sign his book, World War II Rhode Island, at the following events:

  • Dec. 7, 2017, Thursday, 12 noon:  Naval War College Museum, at the Seamen’s Institute, 18 Market Square, Newport
  • Dec. 7, 2017, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.:  Brown University Bookstore, 244 Thayer Street at Angell Street, Providence
  • Dec. 10, 2017, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon:  Wakefield Books, Wakefield Mall (book signing)
  • Feb. 10, 2018Saturday10:00 a.m.:  Cross’ Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown (co-sponsored by Cross’ Mills Public Library and Charlestown Historical Society)
  • Feb. 10, 2018, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.:  Davisville Free Library, 481 Davisville Road, Nortth Kingstown
  • March 24-25, 2018:  Saturday:  7th Annual Conference of the American Revolution, Williamsburg, VA (speaking on the Battle of Rhode Island)


Christian McBurney will give a book lecture and sign his book, Abductions in the Revolutionary War:  The Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and Other Military and Civilian Leaders, at the following events:

  • November 8, 2017, Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m.:  ARRT of Fredericksburg, VA
  • November 18, 2017, Saturday, at 7:30 p.m.: ARRT of Northern Delaware, 606 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, DE
  • February 12, 2018, Thursday, at 6:00 p.m.:  Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth, R.I.  Sponsored by the Portsmouth Historical Society, and Portsmouth Free Public Library. (This lecture will be about the Battle of Rhode Island).


Sample Lectures and Book Signing Sites

In Rhode Island

Rhode Island Historical Society

Newport Historical Society

Pettaquamscutt Historical Society

Varnum Memorial Armory

Tiverton Land Trust and Tiverton Historical Society

Redwood Library

Naval War College Museum

Wakefield Books

Masonic Lodges


Outside Rhode Island

National Archives, Washington, D.C. (videotaped by CSPAN-3)

U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA (videotaped by CSPAN-3)

Massachusetts Historical Society

Fraunces Tavern Museum, New York City

Society of the Cincinnati, Washington, D.C.

American Revolutionary War Roundtables of New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, Delaware, and District of Columbia

Sons of the Revolution, District of Columbia

Silver Treasure Seekers, Taunton

David Library of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing

Washington’s Headquarters, Morristown, NJ