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Why did 13 colonies believe they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? And how did they eventually manage such an impressive feat? Get the real story on the battle for American independence with Professor Guelzo's 24 gripping lectures.

With a focus on the war's strategy, military tactics, logistics, and most fascinating people, these lectures are a must own for anyone curious about the origins of the greatest nation in modern history. Told from the perspective of both sides in an intense, almost novelistic style that recreates the experience of the war's key battles and decisions, the lectures introduce you to an array of vivid personalities, including George Washington, Lord George Sackville-Germaine, Henry Knox, Sir William Howe, and Thomas Paine.

Professor Guelzo's approach gives the forces at work in the palace and in Parliament equal weight with those in play at the Continental Congress and among George Washington's inner circle. It's a perspective that reveals the very different ways in which the two nations saw both their economic relationship and the philosophical underpinnings of a government's relationship to its citizens. You'll learn what it was like to serve on either side of the conflict, how those sides were trained, and about the terrors of the battlefield.Rich in dramatic moments like this, these lectures offer a fresh appraisal of this seminal event in American history, offering the diverging views of two sides whose common heritage had yielded two very different outlooks.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Well worth it, quirky prof

This is an excellent course for someone that is looking for a good understanding of the key events and people from all sides of the American Revolution. I left with a good understanding of how close things were to turning out differently and the reasons why the Americans were able to triumph (or perhaps why the British failed to capitalize on their opportunities). Although not a detractor, the professor sometimes was overly fixated on the superfluous detail of reciting every regiment number participating in a particular battle. This was less informative and seemed more like a professor showing off. He also pronounces common words in a conspicuously strange manner that can be distracting (for example "ruh-cess instead of "recess")

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Another Great Courses Program

Would you listen to The American Revolution again? Why?

It does a great job listing and recalling characters as it goes. It goes back and forth between battles, strategy and diplomacy. At the end I had a great picture of the entire conflict.

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A good military history of the American Revolution

This book focused on the military, rather than philosophical or political, nature of the revolution. It still touched on some of those aspects, and examined a little bit of the personalities involved.

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Great course

If you could sum up The American Revolution in three words, what would they be?

Great inspirational story about the origination of the American experiment. Very balanced and informative.

What other book might you compare The American Revolution to and why?

I think the best book would be to compare contrast Tom Holland's Rubicon to see how it could have turned out differently

Which scene was your favorite?

Liked the biographical sketches of the founding fathers

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

It made me proud to be an American

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Very valuable addition to my library

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Fantastic!

I wish I had Professor Guelzo when I attended school. Absolutely loved the narration and the course really tied up loose ends i had regarding the revolution. I have already purchased other courses narrated by him and I recommend this course to anyone fascinated with the American revolution.

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My only disappointment.....

....was when it was over.
I read a few reviews where it was felt that the inclusion of the regiment numbers was overmuch. I completely disagree. This addition allows the listener to further research any battle to a deeper extent than would have been possible without such minute specificities.
Loved this course.

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  • Colin
  • Buford, Ga
  • 11-15-17

Very Animated But Presumptuous

Professor Guelzo is very knowledgeable and entertaining. However, his method of lecturing leaves much to be desired. There were many points where he was hard to follow, and in instances of more popular events he assumes the reader is familiar with them and skims.
He also skips back and forth through time a lot with little aknowledgment of the switch as if he has forgotten to segway.
It seems like this book is based on the assumption that you are looking at his class materials and following along (which they do recommend at the beginning of the book).
Overall though, the book is a good resource for the Americas perspective of the American Revolution, and the instructer is fun to listen to.

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  • Lily
  • Ogden, Utah
  • 09-21-17

great education

the information is great and animation of readers voice but can be distracting with the sing song style

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Exceptional

Exceptional. That's really all I can say. I will seek out other lectures by this professor for sure.

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Great history. Straightforward and unbiased

very detailed. excellent progression thru events and engaging story lines. Great speaker. No political bias as is so common these days, especially in universities

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  • Tim Hall
  • 06-10-17

Good

If you could sum up The American Revolution in three words, what would they be?

Easy listening

What did you like best about this story?

Good history, not excessively military - doesn't get bogged down with order of battle listings. Fair and balanced. I listened as a Brit, and never felt that that the presentation was overly biased.

What about Professor Allen C. Guelzo’s performance did you like?

Upbeat presentation makes listening easy. Clearly spoken, with a sense of humour and a light touch.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I wouldn't

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  • bush
  • 03-16-16

Best one yet

This series of lectures is the best I've heard so far on my Great Courses journey. Excellently presented, clearly set out and has superb narrative. Loved it.