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Revolutionary Summer

The Birth of American Independence
Ellis, Joseph J. (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Pulitzer-winning American historian Joseph Ellis tells an old story in a new way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling. The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country's founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle. The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to make decisions on the run, improvising as history converged around them. In a brilliant and seamless narrative, Ellis meticulously examines the most influential figures in this propitious moment, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Britain's Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe. He weaves together the political and military experiences as two sides of a single story, and shows how events on one front influenced outcomes on the other--From publisher description.
Authors: Ellis, Joseph J.
Title: Revolutionary summer
the birth of American independence
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2013.
Edition: First Edition.
Characteristics: xiii, 219 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,color illustrations, map ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Prudence dictates
Of arms and men
Dogs that did not bark
Etc., etc., etc.
After virtue
The fog of war
Hearts and minds
A long war
Postscript : necessary fictions.
Summary: Pulitzer-winning American historian Joseph Ellis tells an old story in a new way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling. The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country's founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle. The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to make decisions on the run, improvising as history converged around them. In a brilliant and seamless narrative, Ellis meticulously examines the most influential figures in this propitious moment, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Britain's Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe. He weaves together the political and military experiences as two sides of a single story, and shows how events on one front influenced outcomes on the other--From publisher description.
Local Note: 1 6 7 8 9 15 17 18 27 29 35 53 57 74 76 80 97 109 112 118 122 133 138 143 148 149 152 159 160 167 173 182 188 193 198 203 210 211 216 222 224 226 231 242 243 244 245 250 263 280
ISBN: 0307701220
9780307701220
Statement of Responsibility: Joseph J. Ellis
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-208) and index.
Subject Headings: United States History Revolution, 1775-1783.
LCCN: 2012026140
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Nov 24, 2013
  • wac6 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great book. My review here: http://www.wac6.com/wac6/2013/09/the-inevitability-of-american-independence.html.

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