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Length: 397 pages Word Wise: Enabled
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  • File Size: 12585 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Publication Date: September 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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John Slade is both a teacher and an author. As a teacher, he often sat on the front of his desk and read a story to his students. Even the boys in the back row would listen with absolute attention.

With a doctorate in literature from Stanford University in 1974, Slade has taught high school and university English in the United States, the Caribbean, Norway (both on the coast with the fishermen, and on the tundra with the Sami reindeer people), and in St. Petersburg, Russia (during the dark, cold, dangerous depths of the Russian depression in the 1990s). In Norway especially, Dr. Slade worked with students from countries around the world.

Now as an author, Slade writes books for these young people. Weaving extensive research into a vibrant story, he dramatizes the great challenges that young people around the world will soon face: the drought and storms of climate change, the wars that plague us, the veterans who come home battered, an Arctic reindeer culture devastated when the snow melts too soon in the spring.

As a lifelong teacher, Slade deeply believes in the first global generation in human history. They do not need to inherit all the bad habits of the 20th century. Much better to design and build their own 21st century.

In 1776, America was the most innovative nation in the world.

We need to do it again.

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John Slade

"Bootmaker to the Nation: The Story of the American Revolution"
(Historical fiction)

"Climate Change and the Oceans"
"Melting at One End, Bleeding at the Other"
(Environmental fiction)

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"Bootmaker to the Nation: The Story of the American Revolution"
(Historical fiction)

After the trauma of September 11, 2001, followed by two wars, and then the economic devastation in 2008, Americans are looking with a loving and yet probing eye at their country. Who are we, as a nation, and as a good neighbor in the world? What is our future path?

The author hopes that by returning to the birth of our nation--by reliving the rich and powerful years from 1763 to 1783--we can better understand the events, and the values, of our American foundation. By clearing away the clutter and the neglect, by returning to the granite bedrock of our Revolution, we can find a more solid footing . . . and thus we can build a national edifice that is less commercial, but instead more generous in spirit.

John Slade has written this epic novel as a gift to America.

With a doctorate in literature from Stanford University in 1974, Slade has taught English--a vital key to the future--in the United States, the Caribbean, Norway, and Russia. He now expands the classroom to every home and every school in America. BOOTMAKER TO THE NATION tells the story of a colonial people who spent 12 years, from 1763 to 1775, discussing their economic, political, and legal differences with the Mother Country, before the first musket was fired. The founders of our country were educated; it is time for Americans today to educate themselves with equal fervency.

As a teacher of literature with a broad range of students, Slade writes with a clear and vibrant style. Thus, every historical step in BOOTMAKER TO THE NATION is distinct and vivid. Nineteen maps follow the story closely.

The author has a rare passion for capturing the essential details that bring his writing to life. For over five years, Slade read a multitude of books about the American Revolution, including documents in the Library of Congress. He visited every historical site from Lexington at dawn on April 19, to Fraunce's Tavern in New York City, to Valley Forge during a howling blizzard, to redoubt number ten in Yorktown. Slade sailed for ten days on a square-rigger, as crew up in the highest rigging, so that he could describe Benjamin's voyage from London to Boston in 1774.

BOOTMAKER TO THE NATION contains actual quotes from General Washington and his officers, from Franklin, from Jefferson, from John and Samuel Adams, as historical figures and fictional characters appear together throughout the novel. Thus rich history is interwoven into a galloping story.

The original 736-page paperback was published in 2002. This ebook trilogy, published in 2012, honors the tenth anniversary of BOOTMAKER TO THE NATION.

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First, I think this is a book with a very good and powerful message that should be paid attention to. Dr. Slade's priorities are spot on and vital for the survival of our planet and human race. This book is not so much a fiction story as it is a cautionary text, putting forth a manifesto, presented as a story. And the message presented here is a vital one - if humanity keeps to the path it's on, our precious planet will be destroyed either through war or climate change, whichever comes first. Thank you, Dr. Slade, for another wonderful publication voicing your inspirational passion and deep love for our planet and its inhabitants.
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