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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 2017
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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    Amazon Customer 11-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Annoying and most likely will cancel audible"

    The extra audio that was put into the audiobook has completely ruined it! It is like the audio presented was to purposefully make me angry!

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    Dale M. 10-10-17
    Dale M. 10-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great History"

    Loved it. Written with exhaustive detail but in a narrative fluid style. I found myself following along the entire way, as if I was being told a story. If only out schools did as good of a job.

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    DmitryB 10-02-17
    DmitryB 10-02-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Dense"

    Written more as a historical dissertation than a popular history. the first 6-7 hours are virtually unbearable but it gets MUCH better once you're through.

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    Tara J 06-09-17
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    "Political Junkies' Guide to the American Revolution"

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get beyond the headlines into what really happened to start and sustain the American revolution and how the colonies that became independent became a nation. It's highly detailed so at times, it can feel long, but all the details weave together to support the story.

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    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 03-04-17
    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 03-04-17 Member Since 2015
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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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    "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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  • Alan Michael Forrester
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    4/7/13
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    "A very thorough book on the American Revolution"

    "The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789" by Robert Middlekauff, read by Robert Fass is a very good audiobook. Fass narrates the book clearly.



    The book covers the lead up the the revolution and why the Americans decided reluctantly to fight. It then covers the war itself and what the Americans did after the war to set up the federal government. This is all done competently and clearly.



    The book doesn't cover the controversies in Britain over America in as much detail and in particular doesn't cover the important role played by Edmund Burke: see "The Great Melody" by Conor Cruise O'Brien, but that is to be expected in a book about America.



    Very good. Well worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
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    3/20/11
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    "Diapponited"

    I,m a big fan of history and I was looking forward to this book, as it has good reviews. I had studied this period when at school but I didn't know it in great detail. However I couldn't get into it particular the politic. Whole passages went by and I couldn't remember what had been said, and nore did I feel the urge to rewind. Not sure why I didn't like it. There was some good analysis, and the scholarship seemed up to date, but the writing and the narration made it feel old fashioned. There are other volumes in the same series that I am interested so I hope they are better.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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