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The American Heritage History of the American Revolution Hardcover – 1971

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: American Heritage; Revised edition (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070361150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070361157
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,270,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The authors are to be commended for their ability to describe and detail the events of 1775-81 in lively and readable manner. The vivid descriptions of the key players caused me to seek their biographies. If I were a history teacher I would make this book required reading as a worthwhile overview of the period. One aspect of our revolution that has always intrigued me is the role France played. Without the infusion of French gold, weapons and eventually direct military assistance our revolution would not of succeeded. This point has been sadly overlooked, downplayed or "forgotten" by the casual survey courses taught in High School. This book clearly make the point that without France we may still be part of the British Empire. Highly recommended as an engaging introduction to the military and political events that resulted in America's independence from England.
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Format: Hardcover
This splendid book came out when I was 15 years old, and a teacher showed it to the class. I just had to have it and I pestered my parents into buying it for me, although the price ($25) was in those days considered excessive. I would strongly recommend it to all readers except the politically correct.
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Format: Hardcover
With hundreds of illustrations in this 384-page book, the American Heritage History of the American Revolution offers a visual history of the American Revolution. Most of the important battles are described, and some weight is given to the social revolution that accompanied the Revolutionary War.

The famous quote of John Adams describes the philosophical break between Americans and Englishmen: “The Revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected from 1760 to 1775, in the course of fifteen years before a drop of blood was drawn at Lexington." I had some trouble trying to follow that break in this book. Dr. Plumb wrote the first chapter of the book, and Mr. Lancaster wrote the second chapter -- both chapters overlap, leave some gaps, and generally do not flow well from one to the next. The idea was to have Dr. Plumb describe the Revolution from the English point of view, and Lancaster to take the American side of the philosophical split, but the idea didn’t translate well into practice.

The nearly three-hundred pages that follow, from page 96 onward, describe the key battles of the Revolutionary War. There were four different strategies used by the British to fight the war: 1) A display of military coercion to remind Americans that they were behaving illogically, followed by an offer of reconciliation, to patch up matters.
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This is a wonderful read. It is not burdened with detail but really gives one the feel of both events and attitudes of the time. The illustrations are nice and not overdone.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The American Heritage Book Of The Revolution" provides the reader with a concise overview of a movement which has changed the world. It lays the backgrounds of the world beyond America and a developing nation moving toward separation and political maturity. After familiarizing the reader with the environment in which the Revolution arose, it leads us through it step by step.

This book focuses primarily on the military aspects of the war without neglecting the high points of the political currents which drove it. It is well written and moves along without becoming bogged down in detail.

I read this in the hopes of gaining an understanding of the Revolution in preparation for a class, which I will be teaching, on George Washington. It fulfilled my expectations. This book helps me to see the Revolution as a whole and place its events and characters in their proper contexts. I recommend it for one who wants to get a general understanding of this epic event. From it the reader can proceed to studies which focus on specific elements of the war. One test I apply to a book is whether it whets my appetite to learn more about the subject. This one passes that test.
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