Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis
The Birth of American Independence

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6 Critic Reviews

Revolutionary Summer is a vividly engaging study of strategy...This is a book that should be read by everyone who has an interest and stake in the government, every citizen who has an interest in the forces that influenced the country’s destiny, and every student of strategy.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

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.

 

About Joseph J. Ellis

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Joseph J. Ellis won the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers. His portrait of Thomas Jefferson, American Sphinx, won the National Book Award. He is the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife and their youngest son.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Vintage. 249 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Jul 01 2013

Missing from this volume is any meaningful discussion of the other momentous events of 1776, including Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River and his morale-boosting surprise victory in Trenton.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Andrew Cayton on Jun 28 2013

“Revolutionary Summer” achieves its major goal: to undermine the popular myth that the birth of the United States was an “Immaculate Conception,” a victory won by local militias rather than by “a standing army of regular soldiers.”

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 08 2013

Another brilliantly told story, carried along on solid interpretive grounds, by one of our best historians of the early nation.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Stephen Roulac on Jun 04 2013

Revolutionary Summer is a vividly engaging study of strategy...This is a book that should be read by everyone who has an interest and stake in the government, every citizen who has an interest in the forces that influenced the country’s destiny, and every student of strategy.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Kirk Davis Swinehart on Jun 28 2013

Mr. Ellis writes movingly...it is the war's legacy in Britain that lingers most powerfully in my mind.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on Mar 31 2013

A traditionalist, Ellis sticks to 1776 and writes an insightful history of its critical, if often painful, events.

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