Independence: The Struggle to Set America Free

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With magisterial command and an unmatched sense of drama, John Ferling traces the political journey from protest to Revolution. Independence takes readers from the battlefields of Bunker Hill to the cobblestones of Philadelphia and into the halls of Parliament, where furious debate erupted over how to deal with the rebellion. Independence is not only the story of how freedom was won, but how an empire was lost.

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John Ferling is professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia. A leading authority on American Revolutionary history, he has appeared in many documentaries and has written numerous books, including The Ascent of George Washington, Almost a Miracle, and the award-winning A Leap in the Dark.

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“Ferling expertly explores the multiple motivations that led to independence in July 1776, both inside the Congress and among the public.” ―Boston Globe

“[Ferling] seizes on an underappreciated but profoundly significant moment in the eight-year War of Independence--the decision to not merely compel the British to reverse a series of onerous acts, but to break away from the empire entirely, and declare themselves a free and independent nation.” ―HNN

“Mesmerizing. Masterful. History written with the gravitational pull of a good novel. A history book that deserves to become a big best seller.” ―Dan Rather

“This is how it really happened. In unequivocal prose, John Ferling captures the combined bluster and outrage on both sides of the Atlantic. He exposes the quirks, while exploring the vision, of the opinionated, opportunistic delegates who were present in Philadelphia in 1776; he shows us just how they rhetorically overcame the 'mystique of invincibility' that attached to the British military, before launching America, in the words of one delegate, 'on a most Tempestuous Sea.' Independence is rich in personality, and Ferling unsurpassed as an authority. This is no ordinary history.” ―Andrew Burstein, author of Jefferson's Secrets, and coauthor of Madison and Jefferson

“John Ferling has established himself as one of the leading chroniclers of the American Revolution, but Independence goes beyond anything he has written before. Instead of recycling the familiar story of the Revolution, he has given us an enlightening and exciting book that proves that history has no guarantees or foreordained outcomes. Expertly blending biographical vignettes with fast-paced narrative and sure-footed interpretation, Ferling captures the mystery of historical contingency in exploring the period between the Boston Tea Party in 1773 and the declaration of American independence in 1776. Not even the founding fathers knew what the future would bring; Ferling performs a national public service in reminding us of this basic fact, and demonstrating it with elegance and style.” ―R. B. Bernstein, distinguished adjunct professor of law, New York Law School, and author of The Founding Fathers Reconsidered and Thomas Jefferson

“In clear and elegant prose and with formidable scholarship, John Ferling freshly examines the period that led to declaring independence. By focusing on the character of leaders in both England and her colonies as they intersected with circumstances, he captures the uncertainty of the times and the unpredictable journey to the declaration itself.” ―Edith B. Gelles, author of Abigail and John: Portrait of a Marriage

“A venerable historian of the American Revolution focuses on the events between the shot heard round the world and the signing of the Declaration of Independence . . . A lucid, erudite account of a period both terrifying and supremely inspiring.” ―Kirkus

“In this splendid book, noted founding-era historian Ferling presents a convincing narrative of American independence that focuses on the role of contingency in the colonial break with the mother country . . . Ferling's entertaining and edifying work is sure to find an audience among general readers.” ―Booklist

“Noted for his knowledge of the Revolutionary era, Ferling . . . again gives us a narrative hard to surpass in fluency and authority.” ―Publishers Weekly

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