This is an excellent book about the American Revolution That said, it took me a long time to read it and at times, it was just a little too much for me David McCoullough seems to write history better readable That said, I do think this is a must read for those who want to know really what it took to win the American revolution I now view it as a civil war and less one between two countries and have great respect for what it took to fight our rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness We can t let those rights slip away. Having just finished East of the Sun The Epic Conquest and Tragic History of Siberia, which was fantastic, I checked to see what else Benson Bobrick has written and realized he is the author of my all time favorite book on the American Revolution I ve read this at least three times and bought my very own copy after the first read A wonderful and very accessible account. This is my favorite book about the American Revolution in general Jam packed full of information, Bobrick also manages to slip in fascinating and often very funny anecdotes as well Anyone interested in an overall look at the Revolution should pick up this book. I had read a lot of books on specific figures, specific battles, specific aspects of the Revolutionary War, and I was looking for just a solid one volume general history, and this is exactly that Thoroughly researched, nicely organized, very well written, and as comprehensive as you can really want from a readable single volume history Just what I was hoping for. Overwhelmed With Debt Following Its Victory In The French And Indian Wars, England Began Imposing Harsh New Tariffs And Taxes On The Colonies In The S When It Did, The Independence Movement Grew In Strength Until Protest And Rebellion Eventually Erupted Into War But Despite The Charismatic Leadership Of The Independence Movement, Than Half The Colonists Remained Loyal To England Benson Bobrick Casts Light On Such Important, Often Overlooked Aspects Of The American Revolution, And Offers Compelling Portraits Of The Major Figures, As Well As Some Illuminating Observations By Some Of Their Lesser Known Contemporaries He Thrillingly Describes The Major Battles, From Lexington And Concord To Bunker Hill, Trenton, Saratoga, Camden, And Kings Mountain, And Then The Climactic Siege Of Yorktown When The British Flag Of Empire Was Finally Lowered Before Patriots Guns At The Same Time, Angel In The Whirlwind Weaves Together The Social And Political As Well As The Military History Of The Struggle Into One Epic Tale A Variety Of Voices Is Represented English And American, Patriot And Loyalist, Soldier And Civilian, Foreign Adventurer Having Come To Aid The Revolution And German Mercenary Hired To Serve In The Army Of The King Their Vivid Presence Brings Life To Every Page This is the way history should be written Bobrick s book is a succinct account of the American Revolution, from its origins through the war and the writing of the US Constitution He weaves the words of the participants throughout the narrative, making a very readable account that is difficult to put down Well researched, thoroughly annotated, and great bibliography. Being slightly obsessed with the American Revolution, I knew I had to read this book at some point You won t find a book worth its salt about this war written in the past 20 years that doesn t cite this book at some point I thought the book was well paced, I especially appreciated the first several chapters that explained the lead up to the war many books brush over this, but this one gives those events their due However, as with many books that cover the whole of the Revolution, this one very much glosses over the events of the Southern campaign, including Yorktown It s almost as if the author just ran out of steam near the end The author also seemed very defensive about anything that could even possibly shed anything but a positive light on George Washington This is a pet peeve of mine, as I believe author opinion has no place in a nonfiction book about historical figures Overall, this was a great read and I would recommend it. As an avid student of the American Revolution, I wonder, whenever I pick up a new book on the subject, what I m getting Is it a military history, a discussion of social economic political forces, or a broad overview This book falls into the last of those categories but it shines because of the plentiful anecdotes and other nuggets of microhistory often absent from other Revolution histories The discussion about Arnold s descent into becoming a traitor and the events surrounding his discovery and escape were wonderful Although a little light on the battle histories themselves, I though it was a great effort and one I ll come back to over time. This was a fantastic book to read that describes, in great detail, the American Revolution and those who participated The author makes tremendous use of letters and other historical documents to provide actual quotes from those who fought on both sides of the conflict It gives a new sense of respect to the strategy behind the American war effort, and in particular the 1777 Saratoga campaign, and the later campaign in the south that ended with the British surrender at Yorktown This is by far the best nonfiction book I have read thus far, on the American Revolution. More of a 3.5 It seems a good portrayal of the war and its context, but the deification of Washington even if mostly deserved and frequent short digressions to focus on human interest stories prevent me from giving it a higher rating in the end This is also my first follow up after the near perfect Battle Cry of Freedom so it barely stood a chance.
Benson Bobrick earned his doctorate from Columbia University and is the author of several critically acclaimed works In 2002, he received the Literature Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters He and his wife, Hilary, live in Vermont.
- 553 pages
- Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution
- Benson Bobrick
- 25 April 2017 Benson Bobrick