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The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789 Audiobook

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789

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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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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 05-10-12
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Scholarly and thorough"

    This is a good book for people who already know a great deal about the Revolutionary Era and want to know more. As the title implies, this book is concerned with many facets of the Revolutionary period (1764 or so through 1783). This includes the Revolutionary War, and some of the battles, but the book focuses on a much wider scope. Readers hoping to hear a great deal about the battles of the war will be disappointed.

    This book was a little scholarly and dry for my tastes. Others may find it very rewarding.

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    Kevin Beaverton, OR, United States 04-11-11
    Kevin Beaverton, OR, United States 04-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Probably better in print"

    I have no doubt that Mr. Middlekauff deserves the credit he's been given for this great historical account of the time span leading up to the American Revolution, through the Continental Congress. The book contains so many names, and facts, and descriptions of military battles, I would think written form would be better. I take nothing away from the narration, Mr. Fass is excellent. I found it very difficult to stay focused, and in parts, wish I could see maps to better understand the battles. I think an abidged version, pared down to the information better suited to audio, would be a good idea.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    fm2 06-11-12
    fm2 06-11-12
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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

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 03-04-17
    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 03-04-17 Member Since 2015

    I like to read but listening is better.

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    "Good Details of Lead Up to Revolutionary War"

    Even if you are very familiar with the American Revolution, this may be a worthwhile read for you, as the author goes into great detail in describing the decade leading up to the breakout of war.

    The weakness of this book is the section concerning the details of the actual war. It lacks detail and at times feels rushed. There were times where I almost thought the book was abridged. For example, Benedict Arnold is mentioned as being one of the underrated heroes at Saratoga, and then in a few chapters later he's referenced as leading one of the battles as a British officer. There's no explanation given as to why this is. Most readers know the story of Arnold, but it still seems like something you would want to mention.

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    CoolidgeHome 02-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "exhaustive but not exhausting"

    At first i wondered if it would be long and dry but the narrators voice was good and I found myself pulled into the story. I was able to listen all the way through via my driving commute. I learned a lot that was never taught in high school history. I feel better informed on the sequence and timing of the American revolution. Thanks.

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    Christine 02-24-16
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    the entire production is solid. nothing to complain about it. I would recommend it easily.

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    Jerry Paul Whitt Longmont, CO 08-31-15
    Jerry Paul Whitt Longmont, CO 08-31-15
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    "Great Book on the American Revolution."

    This starts from 1763 and begins with the layout of both the British and the Colonist. This gives a grew understanding of the thinking on both sides and how it escalated to war. The performance is great. A very easy reading and keeps you attentive.

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    Gina 07-15-15
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    "Very insightful"

    A great survey of the causes and cause of the American Revolution. In depth and encompassing.

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    Jennifer 03-24-15
    Jennifer 03-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Really put you in the Revolutionary scenes"

    Comprehensive history of the birth of the United States. Includes all of the unrest, events and skirmishes leading to the Revolutionary War; details of the progression of the war including congressional activities, civilian attitudes, and the movements of both the British and American armies; and the aftermath including the forging of the Constitution and a new national government. It had a good progression, and included looks at the lives of colonists in several circumstances, the soldiers, and their leaders.

    Rather more detail in battle tactics and movements than I have ever read before or care to; even some of the descriptions of terrain were beyond me to visualize, not to mention the troop arrangements. Require pictures. But other than that, good.

    Was typical of nonfiction history books in many ways, but I liked the storytelling voice used to carry the narration throughout. The narrator was very good and had an appropriate voice - not monotone or sleep inducing. In fact, his intonation and manner of speaking made me think of Neil Patrick Harris quite often (does he have an audiobook pseudonym for history books? Heh)!

    Overall good, would be worth revisiting if in need of a refresher, but otherwise satisfied with once.

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    Niina 02-20-15
    Niina 02-20-15
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    "hard to follow"

    very difficult to follow the story as is, and the narrator's performance is somewhat dull.

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