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A leap in the dark : the struggle to create the American republic

Author: John E Ferling
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It was an age of ... leaders and difficult choices, of grand ideas eloquently expressed and of epic conflicts bitterly fought. Now comes a ... portrait of the American Revolution, one that is compelling in its prose, fascinating in its details, and provocative in its fresh interpretations. In [this volume, the author] offers a magisterial new history that surges from the first rumblings of colonial protest to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: John E Ferling
OCLC Number: 54015092
Notes: Originally published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2003.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: 1754-1763, Join, or die --
1763-1766, Loss of respect and affection --
1766-1770, To crush the spirit of the colonies --
1770-1774, Cause of Boston now is the cause of America --
1775-1776, To die freemen rather than to live slaves --
1776-1777, Leap into the dark --
1778-1782, This wilderness of darkness and dangers --
1783-1787, Present paroxysm of our affairs --
1787-1789, So much unanimity and good will --
1790-1793, Prosperous at home, respectable abroad --
1793-1796, Colossus to the Antirepublican party --
1797-1799, Game where principles are the stake --1799-1801, Gigg is up --
1801, Age of revolution and reformation.
Responsibility: John Ferling.

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It was an age of ... leaders and difficult choices, of grand ideas eloquently expressed and of epic conflicts bitterly fought. Now comes a ... portrait of the American Revolution, one that is compelling in its prose, fascinating in its details, and provocative in its fresh interpretations. In [this volume, the author] offers a magisterial new history that surges from the first rumblings of colonial protest to the volcanic election of 1800. [His] narrative teems with fascinating details. We see Benjamin Franklin trying to decide if his loyalty was to Great Britain or to America, and we meet George Washington when he was a shrewd planter-businessman who discovered personal economic advantages to American independence. We encounter those who supported the war against Great Britain in 1776, but opposed independence because it was a "leap in the dark." Following the war, we hear talk in the North of secession from the United States. [He] offers [an] account of the most dramatic events of our history, showing just how closely fought were the struggle for independence, the adoption of the Constitution, and the later battle between Federalists and Democratic-Republicans. [He also] shows that throughout this period the epic political battles often resembled today's politics and the politicians - the founders - played a political hardball attendant with enmities, selfish motivations, and bitterness. The political stakes, this book demonstrates, were extraordinary: first to secure independence, then to determine the meaning of the American Revolution.-Dust jacket.

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