on October 9, 2012
First off, the book came in great condition, I could not have asked for a better shipping experience. The book itself is very interesting with a slightly different perspective of the Revolutionary years. The usage of celebrations, newsprint, and dinner toasts at first glance do not seem very influential to the development of American Nationalist sentiment, but the author makes a good and compelling argument for it.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2008
Waldstreicher is a fantastic writer who crafts a masterpiece of American history. It takes more than a revolution to make a nation and Waldstreciher clearly demonstrates how diverse peoples with divergent interests formed a shared sense of nationalism.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2014
I thought that it would be more on the parties, but it wasn't, so I was disappointed. I did get a little info, but only out of one paragraph.
24 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2003
While the author obviously spent (too much?) time in the archives, when it came to sitting down and writing the book he could not resist engaging in what is now literally an all-too-common academic exercise: making what should have been a straightforward cultural tale into a jargon-laden, convoluted tome that lacks clarity. Instead of tortured sentence construction and the employment of a host of academic buzzwords, Waldstreicher should have just said what he had to say! He didn't (not uncommon in his profession) and thus this book, consequently inaccessible, is anything but lucid.