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
I like to read but listening is better.
Even if you are very familiar with the American Revolution, this may be a worthwhile read for you, as the author goes into great detail in describing the decade leading up to the breakout of war.
The weakness of this book is the section concerning the details of the actual war. It lacks detail and at times feels rushed. There were times where I almost thought the book was abridged. For example, Benedict Arnold is mentioned as being one of the underrated heroes at Saratoga, and then in a few chapters later he's referenced as leading one of the battles as a British officer. There's no explanation given as to why this is. Most readers know the story of Arnold, but it still seems like something you would want to mention.
At first i wondered if it would be long and dry but the narrators voice was good and I found myself pulled into the story. I was able to listen all the way through via my driving commute. I learned a lot that was never taught in high school history. I feel better informed on the sequence and timing of the American revolution. Thanks.
This starts from 1763 and begins with the layout of both the British and the Colonist. This gives a grew understanding of the thinking on both sides and how it escalated to war. The performance is great. A very easy reading and keeps you attentive.
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.