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Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin are known to all; men like Morgan, Greene, and Wayne are less familiar. Yet the dreams of the politicians and theorists became real only because fighting men were willing to take on the grim, risky, brutal work of war. The soldiers of the American Revolution were a diverse lot: merchants and mechanics, farmers and fishermen, paragons and drunkards. Most were ardent amateurs. Even George Washington, assigned to take over the army around Boston in 1775, consulted books on military tactics.

Here, Jack Kelly vividly captures the fraught condition of the war - the bitterly divided populace, the lack of supplies, the repeated setbacks on the battlefield, and the appalling physical hardships. That these inexperienced warriors could take on and defeat the superpower of the day was one of the remarkable feats in world history.

©2014 Jack Kelly (P)2015 Tantor

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"[T]he writing is lively, and [Jack] offers a serious reminder of the brutality of the American Revolution." ( Publishers Weekly)

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"The Politics and Personalities of the American Revolution"

This is an outstanding book. It is a refreshing reassertion of the diverse basis for the American revolution. The comprehensive description of the Revolutionary war and the participants is as good as I have ever read.
I strongly recommend it as an antidote to the current political chaos in the United States. We have been through worse before and we will overcome the present dysfunction.

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  • Brian
  • Brooklyn Park, MD, United States
  • 02-07-16

a good over work

It got a bit deeper into some important but less well known figures such as Lord Stirling but no big revelations. I still enjoyed it.

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Thrilling story & narration

A war novel which epitomizes actual war and the horrors of war. Intrepid men & officers come to life in is narration. The characters seem to be actual flesh & blood, not just historic figures. The band of amateurs that beat the leading military power is a testament to the people of this historic period.

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  • L. Grant
  • Fairfax, Vermont United States
  • 05-06-17

engagingly human

Beautifully written. informative. history that draws you in. I now have new revolutionary war heros.

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in-depth, revealing of occurrences seldom taught

interesting information about battles, infighting, natives and the British. very compelling. very graphic. USA! USA! USA!

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Very powerful

We too often forget the men who helped shape this country. Jack Kelly does a great job capturing the realities of a soldiers life during the revolutionary war.