- 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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The American Heritage History of the American Revolution Hardcover – 1971
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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.Read more ›
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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Excellent compilation of the American Heritage books on the American Revolution. This is the first edition, which is a single volume that includes all material that was also... Read morePublished 4 months ago by N. D. DeVasto
The American heritage book of the Revolution, Hardcover 1958 edition by Bruce Lancaster is a true classic. It is profusely illustrated and inspiring. Read morePublished 10 months ago by gobirds2