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George C. Daughan's magnificently detailed account of the battle of Lexington and Concord will challenge the prevailing narrative of the American War of Independence. It was, Daughan argues, based as much on economics as on politics. 

When Benjamin Franklin wrote home about living conditions in Britain and Ireland, his countrymen were appalled. Could the Crown's motive be to reduce the prosperous American colonies to such serfdom? This idea inspired the vast turnout of Patriot militiamen at Lexington and Concord that so shocked King George III and his ministers. The scorn of the British for the experienced colonial fighters was another key factor. The British troops - many had never been in battle - were outnumbered and outclassed; their leaders were impervious to reason; and the fate of British rule in America was sealed. 

Authoritative and immersive, Lexington and Concord offers new understanding of a battle that became a template for colonial uprising in later centuries.

©2018 George C. Daughan (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Monotone, Staccato Robot Voice

A grating audio performance. I think the monotone staccato voice of the narrator was also the voice on Commissioner Gordon's speakerphone that advised only Batman can help. The information in the book is very interesting as much of it is details of the British response to the unrest in America. Lots of detail on the king, his advisors, members of Parliament and other British movers and shakers. Also covers the American viewpoint expressed in London, mostly by Franklin who lived in London from 1757 to 1775.

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The long lead-up to the American Revolution

the author offers new perspective on the sociological aspect of the struggle. But he shows insufficient insight into British politics of the time.

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