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The American Revolution Hardcover – January 1, 1965


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  • Hardcover: 580 pages
  • Publisher: David Mackay Company Inc. (January 1, 1965)
  • ASIN: B00005VDJ5
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Roger Berlind on December 22, 2008
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The title of this book is somewhat misleading, at least as applied to this particular edition. George Otto Trevelyan was an English politician who wrote a six volume history of the American Revolution between 1897 and 1914. This version, edited by Richard B. Morris in 1964, focuses on Treveleyan's analysis of British politics and society during the war, leaving out topics well-covered in many other books. Morris does include chapters that set the stage of the conflict, but this version does not give the complete overview of the history of the American Revolution that one might expect from the title. Morris does include Trevelyan's portraits of John Adams, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin as well as his analysis of European leaders and their foreign policies. It is possible to purchase a complete version of Trevelyan's work in other, more recent editions; however, having looked at their online tables of contents, I suspect that most readers would prefer the abridged version.

Travelyan was a good writer and provided an interesting analysis of the political battles between King George the Third and the North ministry on one side and their Whig opponents lead by Charles Fox on the other. However, Travelyan was not really a trained historian and used a lot of hyperbole and a more patriotic style than a modern historian would use. Additionally, he was strongly biased in favor of Charles Fox and the Whigs since he was himself a Whig politician. While the political conflicts he described occured at the time of the American Revolution, some of them had nothing to do with the war. While his analysis is all insightful, readers focused on the revolution might find some of the book extraneous.
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