Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence

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Vintage Books, 2014 - Всего страниц: 265

A distinctive portrait of the crescendo moment in American history from the Pulitzer-winning American historian, Joseph Ellis.

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.
Revolutionary Summer tells an old story in a new way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling.

 

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Nice succinct telling of the "summer" of 1776, from May to October, of the immediate lead up to out declaration to the military trials in New York. Читать весь отзыв

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Another solid entry by Ellis dealing with the Revolutionary Period. This book looks at the summer of 1776 with a focus on the political aspects of Congress, Parliament, and the leading Generals on ... Читать весь отзыв

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Prudence Dictates
3
Of Arms and Men
29
Dogs That Did Not Bark
57
Etc Etc Etc
81
After Virtue
104
The Fog of War
130
Hearts and Minds
162
A Long War
188
Necessary Fictions
208
Acknowledgments
225
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Joseph Ellis is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Founding Brothers. His portrait of Thomas Jefferson, American Sphinx, won the National Book Award. He is the Ford Foundation Professor of History Emeritus at Mount Holyoke College. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife and their youngest son.

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