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Publisher's Summary

It was never a war in which the outcome was obvious. Despite their spirit and stamina, the colonists were outmanned and outfought by the brazen British army. With the future of the colonies at its lowest ebb, General George Washington made his most fateful decision: to cross the Delaware River and attack the enemy. The stunning victory at Trenton began a saga of victory and defeat that concluded with the British surrender at Yorktown, a moment that changed the history of the world.

The despair and triumph of America's first great army is conveyed in scenes as powerful as any Shaara has written, a story told from the points of view of some of the most memorable characters in American history. There is George Washington, the charismatic leader who held his army together to achieve an unlikely victory; Nathaniel Greene, who rose from obscurity to become the finest battlefield commander in Washington's army; and Benjamin Franklin, a brilliant man of science and philosophy who became the finest statesman of his day.

From Nathan Hale to Benedict Arnold, the American Revolution's most immortal characters and poignant moments are brought to life in remarkable Shaara style. The Glorious Cause is a tribute to an amazing people who turned ideas into action and fought to declare themselves free.

The Glorious Cause is the sequel to Shaara's best selling Rise to Rebellion.

©2002 Jeffrey M. Shaara; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

Critic Reviews

"An epic saga...told with emotion, energy, and historical precision. This is vivid and compelling historical fiction, but also a primer on leadership and the arts of war and diplomacy. Shaara reaches new heights here, with a narrative that's impossible to put down." (Publishers Weekly)
"This may be [Shaara's] best book yet...a highly readable tale, history disguised as entertainment." (Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer)

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Shaara's best

This work replaces 'Gods and Generals' as my favorite Shaara book. I especially liked the continuous thread of events from the beginning to the end of the Revolution. His covering of personalities was well done.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Didn't like this book

Felt superficial, no depth of characters, more of a reading that dabbled with a few words by characters but storyline was a boring narration without excitement or suspense. I just wanted the book to be over. No offense to anyone, but i just didn't like it. Just finished the Life of Pi and the story kept you in suspense

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  • Daryl
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 02-26-10

A bit dry, but educational

It was a bit too focused on the military moves of the great men, told in chronological order. It lacked some of the broader context or fascinating tidbits of great histories (maybe the unabridged has more). Still, it was more 'readable' than a textbook, for sure.

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  • Doug G
  • Bedford, TX, United States
  • 01-27-15

Economic Thesis

Would you try another book from Jeff Shaara and/or Barry Bostwick?

No

Has The Glorious Cause turned you off from other books in this genre?

This is a very detailed Doctorate type thesis of the world economy. A lot of effort and research went into this book. However for listening to this book the narration became very monotone. As truthful as this book may very well be it was impossible ot finish.

Would you be willing to try another one of Barry Bostwick’s performances?

No

What character would you cut from The Glorious Cause?

There really are no characters other than real world powers and leaders. It is obvious that we can't cut them out of the world's financial market.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful