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In Revolutionary Summer, the eminent historian Joseph Ellis describes the events surrounding the birth of America during the summer of 1776 (loosely defined as May through October of that year). Ellis's stated aim is to treat the military and political events of the period in tandem, and he skillfully establishes that there were two different sets of goals at stake: George Washington’s Continental Army considered independence an inevitability, while the Continental Congress considered it a last resort. A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner, Ellis recently retired as the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College. Reading Revolutionary Summer is like receiving a distinguished lecture from a man who has dedicated many fruitful decades to breathing life into our understanding of history—he makes Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and others of the era come alive for the reader. —Chris Schluep
I love reading about American History, so I was really excited to read this book. Although it isn't quite as easy to read as David McCullough's 1776, it is still well written and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Monica
Heres another well written book. In-depth, interesting, new look at an old story. While it hard to explain why I like some books, I can say that if I enjoy them and if I read them... Read morePublished 21 days ago by John
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Short sweet and to the point. An excellent filler and background read for this time period and moment in history.Published 1 month ago by MJL46
Ellis is a first rate historian who effectively uses the venue of popular history to address the larger issues that really interest us. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CJA