|Print List Price:||$12.00|
Save $6.01 (50%)
Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers: The Fight for Control of the American Revolution Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
The author was attempting balance by focusing on the two separate groups of angry mobs and founding fathers, but I'm not sure how well he succeeded. Maybe he succeeded as well as could be expected using that framework.
These two categories are too broad and sweeping. The diversity was immense in those early generations, diversity among the populations of different colonies and regions along with diversity among the upper classes. Also there was crossover between the two general categories. The reality of that historical period is just too messy for such neat categories.
The more I read of this book, it became clear how much the author was coming from a particular political viewpoint. Some of his 'analysis' seemed more like personal opinion.
I suspect this explains the overly simplistic framework. Rather than creating a framework to fit the evidence, the evidence was being made to fit the framework. This isn't to say the framework is utterly useless and the author entirely wrong, but I will say it felt intelllectually dissatisfying. The simplistic framework would sometimes lead to simplistic statements which frustrated me. I'd have preferred more nuance and depth.
Beyond the framework issue, I found more tiresome the treatment of slavery. The author's defense of slavery in early America sometimes came across as right-wing apologetics. Slavery was what it was. I don't think it needs to be rationalized with arguments about economics.
Besides, slavery wasn't just about economics. Slavery was about a particular culture and social order. The Deep South slaveholders had a lifestyle of power and privilege that wasn't sustainable without slavery.Read more ›
If today's Tea Party, by virtue of its very name, is a throwback to the angry mobs of yesteryear, who are the people who will step up to be our new founding fathers?
The angry mobs brought us a revolution. The founding fathers developed the miracle of our Constitution, to prevent that revolution from descending into chaos, anarchy and tyranny.
Michael E. Newton presents the American revolution and the twists and turns of the first decades of our country in a book that is readable and enjoyable, one that I wish I could have read years ago.
The book covers the social side of the American revolution and covered aspects of the whole thing that I was largely unaware of. The American revolution is often compared to the French revolution, with the American revolution being seen as the thinking mans revolution and the French revolution as the revolution of the mob. It was fascinating to see how close the grand American experiment came to becoming just another "also ran" mob based revolution and how the genius of the founding fathers prevented it descending into one.
I can't recommend this book highly enough as a behind the scenes look at a time in history that came perilously close to going off the rails.
Newton takes the reader back to Colonial America when angry mobs were protesting British tyranny. He brilliantly juxtaposes the debate over separating from Great Britain and how the founders skillfully navigated America through the stormy waters that resulted from the Declaration of Independence.
After defeating the English, he expertly guides you through the articles of confederation and the drafting of the Constitution. Newman does an outstanding job of including writings from the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers and shows how precariously the Constitution hung in the balance.
Another aspect of Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers that I particularly enjoyed was how well the author explained the Colonial economy and how America's politicians have been hindering our economy from the very beginning.
Newton concludes his brilliant book masterfully by stating "America needs the principals put forth by the Declaration of Independence and the limited government established by the Constitution. Liberty without government leads to anarchy while government without liberty leads to tyranny. Liberty and limited government must work together to promote the perfect balance between liberty and power."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was a very enjoyable read and should be used as a text book on the establishment of our country. Read morePublished 15 months ago by anthony emmons
I picked up Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers because I study history as a hobby. The excellence of the writing gave me a great bonus. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Calvin R
I'm sure this is good, I just haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I'm sure I will enjoy it when I do.Published on January 9, 2014 by lighthousecollector
Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers, The fight for Control of the American Revolution, by Michael E. Newton is a study and argument for the mob as the catalyst for change in our... Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by custerwolf
Angry Mobs & Founding fathers is a very interesting view of the political life of the Colonies up to and including the Revolutionary War. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by C. F., Greene
This book presents the other side of the American revolution. There were other factors driving the revolution than the higher ideals of the founding fathers. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Daniel E. Foley
This a very bias conservative's apology for our nation's birth. As if using the word "angry" as many times as you can and minimizing the real justification for their... Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Stan Beckman
I have always been interested in history. This book was very interesting as it explained better the way our founding fathers formed our country. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by KJ. Longbrake
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Books > History > Americas > United States > Colonial Period
- Books > History > Americas > United States > Revolution & Founding
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > History > Americas > United States > Colonial Period
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > History > Americas > United States > Revolution & Founding