Just because, I'd recommend a book and an opera.
The book is one I haven't finished reading, but I like very much. It's "An Empire on the Edge", a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer. It's the British side of the road to our Revolution, with lots of stuff I didn't know. (John Brown played as big a role in the Revolution as John Brown did in the Civil War.) Particularly like the interplay of politics, personality, economics, and government, with just a tad of bureaucracy thrown in.
The opera is "The Ghosts of Versailles", which we saw at Wolf Trap Friday in a chamber version. No DVD available for anyone outside the 1 percent, but if you have a chance, go see it. Laughed until I cried.