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The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789 | [Robert Middlekauff]

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789

The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically-acclaimed volume - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic.
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The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically-acclaimed volume - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic.

This panoramic view of the conflict between England and America combines the political and the personal, giving the listener a vivid sense of how the colonists perceived the events of their struggle for independence, from the French and Indian War to “the shot heard round the world”, and the importance the colonists assigned to them.

Praised as “state of the art” and “the most distinguished series in American historical scholarship”, the four new volumes of the Oxford History of the United States – including The Glorious Cause – are narrated with engagingly casual warmth by Robert Fass, who previously read an earlier volume in the series, Empire of Liberty, by Gordon S. Wood.

Please note: The individual volumes of the series have not been published in historical order. The Glorious Cause is number III in The Oxford History of the United States.

Listen to more of the definitive Oxford History of the United States.

©2005 Robert Middlekauff (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    fm2 06-11-12
    fm2 06-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    What disappointed you about The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789?

    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.


    What three words best describe Robert Fass’s performance?

    Drones


    Any additional comments?

    read what hath god wrought isntead

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 08-12-14
    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2006
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    "overall good, not one of the truly best"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer DALLAS, TX, United States 06-30-14
    Amazon Customer DALLAS, TX, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "A Full Story for the Enthusiast"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard J. Peach Boston 06-06-14
    Richard J. Peach Boston 06-06-14 Member Since 2013

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    If you could sum up The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789 in three words, what would they be?

    Educational, Informative and Complete


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No real characters in the book. But lots of people who just changed history and they were all fascinating


    Which character – as performed by Robert Fass – was your favorite?

    Fass was a great narrator and made listening to 26 hours pretty easy


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Wasn't that type of book. A historical recollection but it made me appreciate the people who helped create this wonderful country


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus Brasília, Brazil 04-03-14
    Marcus Brasília, Brazil 04-03-14 Member Since 2010

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    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.

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    Cynthia Palm Harbor, FL, United States 10-03-13
    Cynthia Palm Harbor, FL, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    Where does The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent , top 10.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gave a strong overview of the all aspects of American life, leading up to and through the revolution.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Fass’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The history you have not heard.


    Any additional comments?

    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,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 05-07-13
    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent One Volume History of the Revolutionary"

    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.

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    gitzit Greensburg, PA 02-11-13
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    "A must read on the American Revolution!"

    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.

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    Jack Macon, GA, United States 08-06-12
    Jack Macon, GA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2005
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If the friend is interested in an in-depth study of American History-Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is the story of my country.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Fass – was your favorite?

    not applicable


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a part of the Oxford history of the Unites States series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mahal La Quinta, CA USA 05-07-12
    Mahal La Quinta, CA USA 05-07-12
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    "A wealth of info"
    Would you listen to The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789 again? Why?

    yes. Maybe i missed some info and would pick it up a second time around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The chapter describing how america got Cornwalace trapped at Yorktown.


    What about Robert Fass’s performance did you like?

    it was good, but this time the contence of the book was better.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was thoroughly entertained and well informed.


    Any additional comments?

    Strongly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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