I only made it through the part 1 download then gave up. I had previously read one of the other books in the series (1815-1848) which was very good. This book gets lost in mindless detail, (e.g. too many names of british tax collectors and ministers in the 1860's, etc) and over frequent only semi-useful quotes. A handful of vignettes can flesh out a historical narrative. but this section of the book at least gets lost in these tiny details and loses the arc of the actual history.
read what hath god wrought isntead
Good addition to the oxford series, but one of the lesser components in my opinion. Parts were slow, and hard to follow many of the battles or descriptions.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
In gearing up for the upcoming July 4th holiday, I decided to revisit the Colonial effort for Independence. These days I think the hardest thing about finding a book that covers this subject is that politics often comes into play. Either the Founders can do no wrong, and their mission was ordained by Providence, or the story's focus will shift to spotlight the atrocities of the era such as slavery or the incompetence of command decisions. Fair and balanced is something that's difficult to find sometimes.
But that's why this book impressed me. The personalities, the triumphs and tragedies, the tactics, the motivations, and the possible x-factors are played out with an emphasis on fact, assessment, and perspective. The character and backgrounds of the people involved are touched upon, but with just the broad strokes so as to keep the narrative going. What was especially invaluable to me was learning of the mindsets and political entanglements that led to the Boston Massacre and other such preliminaries, giving a more holistic look at events otherwise glossed over in most history classes. When the war is engaged, the logistical problems faced by the Continental Army are examined in terms a lay enthusiast can understand, with politics taking a back seat and filling in gaps.
It could be argued that more detail could go into this book, and while I agree that it does leave a lot to be discovered, this volume is more dense than a simple beginner's history. There is nuance and detail to had here, which makes it an effective overview of the Revolution and its players. Any reader who wants more will be able to know easily what they felt was missing and what they want to delve into further. Again, what impresses me most is the balance. This isn't a dry book of basic facts, even if the battlefield issues occasionally overshadow other parts of the narrative. Where this book excels is by examining the questions and beliefs that we sometimes take for granted, reminding the reader what was at stake in the name of Revolution.
Educational, Informative and Complete
No real characters in the book. But lots of people who just changed history and they were all fascinating
Fass was a great narrator and made listening to 26 hours pretty easy
Wasn't that type of book. A historical recollection but it made me appreciate the people who helped create this wonderful country
An awesome history of the Revolution from it's beginning to the first days of this country. Very thorough and covered everything you could ask for if looking to learn more or refresh yourself about the American Revolution.
The american revolution has a peculiar history. The events that conduced to the independency are explained and related with one another by the author. This book gave great emphasis on the battles between America and the Mother Country and noticed the important role played by France on it. The birth of the United States in a hostile environment demanded great acuity and perseverance by his people. Robert Middlekauff suceded in telling this enterprise.
Excellent , top 10.
Gave a strong overview of the all aspects of American life, leading up to and through the revolution.
The history you have not heard.
Excellent source for US history. Since I joined the DAR and am discovering and documenting my many patriot ancestors, I have renewed interest in our history,
The Glorious Cause is a part of the Oxford History of the United States. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It is one of the best one volume books on the period from 1754-1789. The complexity of events during this period are nothing less than daunting. The colonists fought a nine year war on behalf of the British Empire. Their loyalty to the crown was unquestioned. In a series of laws after the 1763, changed all of that. As the British Parliament began to assert itself the freedom loving American began to push back. Accustomed to representational government and a certain amount of autonomy, many colonists began to resist. By 1775, only a dozen years after the end of the French and Indian War, the resistance erupted into full rebellion.
Over the next eight years the new American Nation would fight for her independence against the greatest army and navy in the world. The Peace of Paris ended the war, but not the trouble in America. The weak nature of the Articles of Confederation meant that there was no way to maintain a strong national government. The solution for some was to create a new government. To this end the Constitution was written.
This book gives an excellent overview of this period. All of the major events are touched on. The size of the book means that not every topic can be dealt with in depth, but it gives readers a starting point. Middlekauff’s prose is not academic in nature and is very accessible to the average reader. Read this along with Gordon Woods’ Empire of Liberty and Daniel Walker Howe’s What Hath God Wrought and you will have a very strong foundation in American History.
If you are only going to read one book on the American Revolution this is it. I appreciated the concise almost documentary style in which it is written. Not overly dramatized, I really learned a lot not only about the revolution but also life in the colonies at this time. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a factual and believable account of this important time in history.
If the friend is interested in an in-depth study of American History-Yes
It is the story of my country.
This is a part of the Oxford history of the Unites States series.
yes. Maybe i missed some info and would pick it up a second time around.
The chapter describing how america got Cornwalace trapped at Yorktown.
it was good, but this time the contence of the book was better.
I was thoroughly entertained and well informed.
Strongly recommend this book.