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Revolutionary Summer -- The Birth of American Independence

Ellis, Joseph J.

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ISBN 10: 0307701220 / ISBN 13: 9780307701220
Published by Knopf, New York, 2013
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The Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Founding Brothers" has produced another gem on early American history. Lucid, immensely readable and full of insight, this latest work by Professor Ellis utilizes recent scholarship to portray the birth of independence in the summer of 1776 as "untidy, improvised, and at times miraculous." (Tony Horwitz). This is an UNREAD copy in AS NEW condition, SIGNED by the author on the full title page. First edition, first printing. Bookseller Inventory # 130631

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Title: Revolutionary Summer -- The Birth of ...

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing, Signed

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A distinctive portrait of the crescendo moment in American history from the Pulitzer-winning American historian, Joseph Ellis.

The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country’s founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle. The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to make decisions on the run, improvising as history congealed around them. In a brilliant and seamless narrative, Ellis meticulously examines the most influential figures in this propitious moment, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Britain’s Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe. He weaves together the political and military experiences as two sides of a single story, and shows how events on one front influenced outcomes on the other.
Revolutionary Summer tells an old story in a new way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling.

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In Revolutionary Summer, the eminent historian Joseph Ellis describes the events surrounding the birth of America during the summer of 1776 (loosely defined as May through October of that year). Ellis's stated aim is to treat the military and political events of the period in tandem, and he skillfully establishes that there were two different sets of goals at stake: George Washington’s Continental Army considered independence an inevitability, while the Continental Congress considered it a last resort. A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner, Ellis recently retired as the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College. Reading Revolutionary Summer is like receiving a distinguished lecture from a man who has dedicated many fruitful decades to breathing life into our understanding of history—he makes Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and others of the era come alive for the reader. —Chris Schluep

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