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American Revolutions Audiobook

American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804

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The American Revolution is often portrayed as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the ideal framework for a democratic, prosperous nation. Alan Taylor, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, gives us a different creation story in this magisterial history of the nation's founding.

Rising out of the continental rivalries of European empires and their native allies, Taylor's Revolution builds like a ground fire overspreading Britain's mainland colonies, fueled by local conditions, destructive, hard to quell. Conflict ignited on the frontier, where settlers clamored to push west into Indian lands against British restrictions, and in the seaboard cities, where commercial elites mobilized riots and boycotts to resist British tax policies. When war erupted, patriot crowds harassed loyalists and nonpartisans into compliance with their cause. Brutal guerrilla violence flared all along the frontier, from New York to the Carolinas, fed by internal divisions as well as the clash with Britain. Taylor skillfully draws France, Spain, and native powers into a comprehensive narrative of the war that delivers the major battles, generals, and common soldiers with insight and power.

With discord smoldering in the fragile new nation through the 1780s, nationalist leaders such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton sought to restrain unruly state democracies and consolidate power in a federal Constitution. Assuming the mantle of "we the people", the advocates of national power ratified the new frame of government. But their opponents prevailed in the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, whose vision of a Western "empire of liberty" aligned with the long-standing, expansive ambitions of frontier settlers. White settlement and black slavery spread west, setting the stage for a civil war that nearly destroyed the union created by the founders.

©2016 Alan Taylor (P)2016 Random House Audio

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    "Best book on the American Revolution that I have read"

    I finally got around to reading McCullough's 1776, and I read this book next. The contrast between the two books is striking. 1776 deals almost exclusively with the two Georges – King George III and George Washington. Despite the year, there is only a short reference to the vote for independence on July 2 and the Declaration of Independence of July 4. It's all military history. By contrast, Taylor's book goes into the Revolutionary War in the context of other revolutionary movements in America. He certainly takes no sides; everyone comes out rather beaten up in the book – the Patriots, the British, and the Loyalists. I gave the narrator only four stars because all of the Southerners he quoted, be they Virginians or Georgians, had Mississippi accents.he also consistently miss pronounce Monticello.

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    philip bronx, NY, United States 01-12-17
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    "Best history of American Revolution"

    Allen Taylor is my favorite historian of early American history. This is my field so I have read dozens of popular and scholarly works on the subject. His perspective is new and I believe correct in placing the revolution in the context of slavery and self interest and little to do with the ideals of the Enlightenment. Also you get a much better sense that this was as much a civil war as it was a war for independence recommend for anybody interested in serious
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    "Learned a lot"

    Very informative. Lots of info that I never knew. Glimpses of personal struggles and accounts that you won't find in in school textbooks.

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    Joel Mayer Richardton, ND 01-23-17
    Joel Mayer Richardton, ND 01-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding history, thick narrative"

    This is a very solidly written work covering the American REVOLUTIONS (Plural) in the time period covered. It covers the American Revolution from multiple angles. Not just the common "Colonial" and "British" but goes much further into how the situation in France, Spain, Mexico, British Canada, as well as the Indian Tribes of the West. Not just between the Appalachians and the Mississippi but even onto the plains with the Mandan and Arikara (which the Narrator mispronounced as ar-i-KAR-a, it is actually a-RIK-a-ra) in the Dakotas.

    He was also very focused on the American Slave experience of the Revolutions. As well as the white-male attempts to deal with it. Even those who owned slaves often saw and acknowledged the contradictions, but were unable to move past them.

    My only real problem with this book was that it was "thick." Not in the literal sense but the narrative never really took off. It kind of bogged down at times as the author tried to cover a lot of things and do them justice.

    Given my choice I wish he could have gone deeper into things and made this a "trilogy" (1750-1774, 1775-1783, 1784-1804?). To his credit he didn't get bogged down in the details of the Revolutionary War (battles, troop movements, etc.).

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