The Long Fuse by Don Cook
How England Lost the American Colonies, 1760-1785

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Drawn from a multitude of primary sources, including personal correspondence and political memos, this narrative account of the political blunders that led Britain into the American Revolution throws new light on this colorful age and its players, from William Pitt and King George III to Ben Franklin and a young John Adams.
 

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Published July 1, 1995 by Atlantic Monthly Pr. 416 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Delineating the political culture of corruption and bribery that pervaded London and disgusted Americans like Franklin, Cook convincingly concludes that the war was lost as much in London as on the colonial battlefields.

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Retelling the saga of the American Revolution from the viewpoint of Mother England, Cook ingeniously portrays the 13 colonies' breakaway as a succession of inexorable blunders and collective missteps

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Retelling the saga of the American Revolution from the viewpoint of Mother England, Cook ingeniously portrays the 13 colonies' breakaway as a succession of inexorable blunders and collective missteps in London that led to an unnecessary, unwinnable war.

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One final example: the anecdote with which Cook closes this book, John Adams' account of being received by King George upon being appointed the first U.S. minister to England.

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