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Revolutionary summer : the birth of American independence

Author: Joseph J Ellis
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Large print book : English : 1st large print edView all editions and formats
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Pulitzer-winning American historian Joseph Ellis tells an old story in a new way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling. The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country's founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph J Ellis
ISBN: 9780804120906 : 0804120900
OCLC Number: 812781138
Description: xvi, 378 pages (large print), [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Prudence dictates --
Of arms and men --
Dogs that did not bark --
Etc., etc., etc --
After virtue --
The fog of war --
Hearts and minds --
A long war --
Postscript: necessary fictions.
Responsibility: Joseph J. Ellis.

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Pulitzer-winning American historian Joseph Ellis tells an old story in a new way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling. The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country's founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle. The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to make decisions on the run, improvising as history congealed around them. In a brilliant and seamless narrative, Ellis meticulously examines the most influential figures in this propitious moment, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Britain's Admiral Lord Richard Howe and General William Howe. He weaves together the political and military experiences as two sides of a single story, and shows how events on one front influenced outcomes on the other.--From publisher description.

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