The American Revolution and the War That Won It

Paperback - 2016
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Written in the authoritative and narrative-driven style that made his books The Ascent of George Washington and Jefferson and Hamilton critical and commercial successes, John Ferling's Whirlwind will become the definitive history of the American Revolution for our time.

A master historian and superb teller of history, Ferling illuminates the years 1763 to 1783--from the end of the French and Indian War that left England triumphant in North America to the signing of the Treaty of Paris in September 1783 and the final departure of British troops from New York City in November of that year. Ferling is as astute at analyzing the causes and politics of the American Revolution as he is skilled at narrating the battles of the Revolutionary War. With original insight, he chronicles the myriad and complex events and contentious viewpoints that drove Americans in their insurgency against Great Britain and sustained them in the seemingly quixotic belief that they could win their independence. He takes us to the halls of power in Parliament and the streets of London to view the Revolution from all British perspectives. He presents the individual battles, from Lexington and Concord to Yorktown, in a fresh and dramatic new light.

With a wide scope and penetrating insight, embracing characters both celebrated and unknown, John Ferling brings the most important event in America's history to a new generation of American readers.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., [2016]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781620401743
Branch Call Number: E208 .F43 2016x
Characteristics: xxii, 409 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm


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Jun 03, 2018

A very readable account of the War from the first flutterings of unrest in America to the surrender at Yorktown - this is like a history class in one easy book. Ferling takes care to keep both the American side and the British in sight, and often gives very sharp focus on the economic motivations acting on both (far beyond, in his opinion, mere ideals).


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