This is a good book for people who already know a great deal about the Revolutionary Era and want to know more. As the title implies, this book is concerned with many facets of the Revolutionary period (1764 or so through 1783). This includes the Revolutionary War, and some of the battles, but the book focuses on a much wider scope. Readers hoping to hear a great deal about the battles of the war will be disappointed.
This book was a little scholarly and dry for my tastes. Others may find it very rewarding.
I have no doubt that Mr. Middlekauff deserves the credit he's been given for this great historical account of the time span leading up to the American Revolution, through the Continental Congress. The book contains so many names, and facts, and descriptions of military battles, I would think written form would be better. I take nothing away from the narration, Mr. Fass is excellent. I found it very difficult to stay focused, and in parts, wish I could see maps to better understand the battles. I think an abidged version, pared down to the information better suited to audio, would be a good idea.
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
Comprehensive history of the birth of the United States. Includes all of the unrest, events and skirmishes leading to the Revolutionary War; details of the progression of the war including congressional activities, civilian attitudes, and the movements of both the British and American armies; and the aftermath including the forging of the Constitution and a new national government. It had a good progression, and included looks at the lives of colonists in several circumstances, the soldiers, and their leaders.
Rather more detail in battle tactics and movements than I have ever read before or care to; even some of the descriptions of terrain were beyond me to visualize, not to mention the troop arrangements. Require pictures. But other than that, good.
Was typical of nonfiction history books in many ways, but I liked the storytelling voice used to carry the narration throughout. The narrator was very good and had an appropriate voice - not monotone or sleep inducing. In fact, his intonation and manner of speaking made me think of Neil Patrick Harris quite often (does he have an audiobook pseudonym for history books? Heh)!
Overall good, would be worth revisiting if in need of a refresher, but otherwise satisfied with once.
If you want to read a book by what seems to be a history professor getting published this is your book. If you want a book about the Revolutionary War run and find another title. I listened for 12 chapters and was still drowning is excruciating detail of every personality born since 1720. After 12 chapters the author was only up to 1770 - agggghhhh. I had to stop and return this title.
NO, I just need to find a book which actually discusses the war and not how some disgruntled colonist pulled the wainscoting off the walls of a tax collector's house.
At least he kept me listening for 12 painful chapters.
Stay away unless you thrive on endless detail.
The Perfect Title
It gave a clear vision as to the why of each political decision, and the odds against them.
Emotion Attitude Conviction
Great book, properly structured. Great reader. It is important to note that the design of any structure is difficult at first, but after the crucial first step adjustments can be made towards perfection. All stakeholders are at first reluctant to relinquish power & property, but soon realize the importance of the "Glorious Cause" We must continue to hold the structure dear in our hearts, pursue perfection, and defend it.
Addicted to reading traditional books. Overwhelmed by backlog of books to read. If it's early Americana then I want it.
If you are familiar with the standard book on the Revolutionary War, then you have heard the same story over and over again. This book takes you into the background of the events that led to the war. You will hear of key players that other books never mention, arguments and perspectives that others don't touch, and details you likely never heard. Very well researched and quite thorough.