Revolutionary Summer

Revolutionary Summer

The Birth of American Independence

Book - 2013
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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 congealed 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307701220
Branch Call Number: History 973.3 Ell
Alternative Title: Birth of American independence


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Sep 20, 2015

Shows just how easy it would have been to lose the revolutionary war. That the U.S. did not is partly attributable to the forbearance of General Howe and his brother Admiral Howe, who still would have like to achieve reconcilation with the colonies. Ellis perfectly emphasizes how Washington was left to direct a war for a country that wasn't even sure yet what it meant to be a country.

Nov 24, 2013

Great book. My review here:


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