- File Size: 3094 KB
- Print Length: 165 pages
- Publisher: New Word City, Inc.; 1 edition (November 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0779YB65Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's an approach that returns history to the realm of story. The career of Scottish-born naval commander John Paul Jones has all the excitement of a swashbuckling romance in Mark Halliday's account. David McCullough's chapter on John Adams centers on the Bostonian's treacherous sea crossing, with his ten-year-old son, to France in order to convince that country to aid America in the war. Also brought to life are Adams' colleague Benjamin Franklin—whose plainspoken Quaker ways made him the darling of Parisian society—and his firebrand cousin Samuel Adams.
We also meet fascinating lesser-known figures like Bernardo de Galvez, the governor of Spanish Louisiana who supported the American revolutionary cause with arms (Galveston, Texas is named after him); and the eccentric Friedrich von Steuben, America's own “Prussian general” who turned the revolutionary army into a disciplined fighting force via a groundbreaking military manual. We are made particularly aware of the degree to which America relied on foreign help in her quest for independence.
The writing is notably even-handed, giving as much attention to the British side as to the American. Even with a subject like General Cornwallis, we are treated to a fair-minded assessment of a military leader's strengths and weaknesses. And when it comes to the notorious Benedict Arnold, the factors that may have led him to turn traitor to his country are thoughtfully weighed. It is interesting that several of the men's lives trace a trajectory of glory to downfall caused by hubris, recklessness, or (in the case of financier Robert Morris) unwise money dealings.
Complaints are blessedly few. The battlefield play-by-plays in some chapters are dense and challenging to follow; but this reflects the strengths of this reader more than the skill of the authors. THE MEN OF THE REVOLUTION is the perfect primer—or refresher course—on this exciting period and a reminder that people are the true movers of history.
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