The Great Upheaval

America and the Birth of the Modern World 1788-1800
By: Jay Winik
Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: History, American
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It is an era that redefined history. As the 1790s began, a fragile America teetered on the brink of oblivion, Russia towered as a vast imperial power, and France plunged into monumental revolution. But none of these remarkable events occurred in isolation. In The Great Upheaval, acclaimed historian Jay Winik masterfully illuminates how their fates combined in one extraordinary moment to change the course of civilization.

Winik brings his vast, meticulous research and narrative genius to the cold, dark battlefields and deadly clashes of ideologies that defined this age. Here is a savage world war, the toppling of a great dynasty, and an America struggling to survive at home and abroad. Here, too, is the first modern Holy War between Islam and a resurgent Christian empire. And here is the richest cast of characters ever to walk upon the world stage: Washington and Jefferson, Louis XVI and Robespierre, Catherine the Great, Adams, Napoleon, and Selim III.

Exquisitely written and utterly compelling, The Great Upheaval vividly depicts an arc of revolutionary fervor stretching from Philadelphia and Paris to St. Petersburg and Cairo, with fateful results. A landmark in historical literature, Winik's gripping, epic portrait of this tumultuous decade will forever transform the way we see America's beginnings and our world.

©2007 Jay Winik (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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"Buttressed by impeccable research, vividly narrated and deftly organized, this is popular history of the highest order and is sure to create a stir." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Does anyone listen to these first?

Briefly-does anyone list to these books before they are become available? Why does a narrator get away with mispronouncing words? I couldn't believe hearing VISA Versa. It's a great book, but I can't be sure what I'm hearing is what's written.

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