The American Revolution and the War That Won It

Book - 2015
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Amid a great collection of scholarship and narrative history on the Revolutionary War and the American struggle for independence, there is a gaping hole; one that John Ferling's latest book, Whirlwind , will fill. Books chronicling the Revolution have largely ranged from multivolume tomes that appeal to scholars and the most serious general readers to microhistories that necessarily gloss over swaths of Independence-era history with only cursory treatment.

Written in Ferling's engaging and narrative-driven style that made books like Independence and The Ascent of George Washington critical and commercial successes, Whirlwind is a fast-paced and scrupulously told one-volume history of this epochal time. Balancing social and political concerns of the period and perspectives of the average American revolutionary with a careful examination of the war itself, Ferling has crafted the ideal book for armchair military history buffs, a book about the causes of the American Revolution, the war that won it, and the meaning of the Revolution overall. Combining careful scholarship, arresting detail, and illustrative storytelling, Whirlwind is a unique and compelling addition to any collection of books on the American Revolution.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury Press,, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781620401729
Branch Call Number: 973.3 F384w
Characteristics: 409 pages : illustrations


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Jun 03, 2018

A very readable account of the War from the first flutterings of unrest in America to the surrender at Yorktown - this is like a history class in one easy book. Ferling takes care to keep both the American side and the British in sight, and often gives very sharp focus on the economic motivations acting on both (far beyond, in his opinion, mere ideals).

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