1775 by Kevin Phillips
A Good Year for Revolution

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6 Critic Reviews

This is a richly satisfying, lucid history from the bestselling author.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The contrarian historian and analyst upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution

In 1775, iconoclastic historian and bestselling author Kevin Phillips punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution. He suggests that the great events and confrontations of 1775—Congress’s belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain, New England’s rage militaire, the exodus of British troops and expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and hundreds of local  committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands­—achieved a  sweeping Patriot control of territory and local government that Britain was never able to overcome.  These each added to the Revolution’s essential momentum so when the British finally attacked in great strength the following year, they could not regain the control they had lost in 1775.

Analyzing the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations, as well as the roles of ethnicity, religion, and class, Phillips tackles the eighteenth century with the same skill and insights he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics.  The result is a dramatic narrative brimming with original insights. 1775 revolutionizes our understanding of America’s origins.
 

About Kevin Phillips

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Kevin Phillips, a political and economic commentator for more than three decades and a former White House strategist, is the author of ten books.
 
Published November 27, 2012 by Penguin Books. 655 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Joseph J. Ellis on Dec 07 2012

Phillips’s major accomplishment is to recover that sense of excitement, confusion and improvisation as, almost providentially, the perfect storm formed.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Sep 17 2012

This is a richly satisfying, lucid history from the bestselling author.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by Kasey S. Pipes on Jan 04 2013

Phillips’ book provides an unfamiliar look at a familiar story.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Excellent
Reviewed by Barnes and Noble on Nov 29 2012

A story of the moment the tide turned, and the British lost their grip on a colonial treasure.

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The New Republic

Excellent
Reviewed by Jack Rakove on Nov 30 2012

With his keen eye for the structure of society and politics, Phillips has a lot to say about the multiple concerns that were at play in late-eighteenth-century America.

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The Backstage Beat

Excellent
Reviewed by Dr. Wilson Trivino on Dec 13 2012

I learned a lot of news facts and it was nice to venture back to those days that are often taken for granted.

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