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The Patriots

Book - 2016
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The American Revolution was not inevitable, nor was it a unanimous cause. It pitted neighbors against one another, as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures. Through the remarkable lives of the first Americans, this book reveals the contentious arguments that turned friends into foes and the land into a war zone. From the riots over a child's murder that led to the Boston Massacre, to the Continental Army's first victory under George Washington's leadership, to the little-known Southern guerrilla campaign of "Swamp Fox" Francis Marion, to Benedict Arnold's audacious betrayal, David Fisher explores the amazing combination of resourcefulness, perseverance, strategy, and luck that resulted in the creation of a country that would go on to become the most powerful in the world. Despite the victory of the Revolution, the fight for democracy wasn't over. From the combat zone to Congress, it was a political battle as much as a physical one. With the patriots grappling to create a government, one for and by the people, the origin story of the United States of America was only starting to be written.--Adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781627797894
1627797890
Branch Call Number: 973.3 FI
Characteristics: ix, 310 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: O'Reilly, Bill

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ladams1971
May 29, 2019

A very interesting book about the American Revolution, not so much about the war but about the people involved. I was especially intrigued by the introduction of people that played prominent roles but never got mentioned in regular history books. Case in point: Henry Knox - G. Washington's go-to man when he need the impossible accomplished ASAP. Knox was 6'5" tall and weighed 250 pounds, bigger and taller than Washington. Always at Washington's side, but ignored by history. The book takes you from the seeds of discontent with the rule of G. Britain through the war, and afterwards the Louisiana purchase. If you like history, you will really like this book.

An excellent follow-on to this book is, 1812 by Walter Borneman

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