Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolutionby Benson Bobrick
Angel in the Whirlwind is the epic tale of the American Revolution, from its roots among tax-weary colonists to the triumphant Declaration of Independence and eventual victory and liberty, recounted by Benson Bobrick, lauded by The New York Times as “perhaps the most interesting historian writing in America today.” Overwhelmed with debt following its victory in the French and Indian Wars, England began imposing harsh new tariffs and taxes on its colonists in the 1760s. Rebellion against these measures soon erupted into war. Bobrick thrillingly describes all the major battles, from Lexington and Concord to the dramatic siege of Yorktown, when the British flag was finally lowered before patriot guns. At the same time he weaves together social and political history along with the military history, bringing to life not only the charismatic leaders of the independence movement, but also their lesser-known compatriots, both patriot and loyalist, English and American, whose voices vividly convey the urgency of war.
Illuminated by fresh insight, Angel in the Whirlwind is a dramatic narrative of our nation’s birth, in all its passion and glory.
—The New York Times Book Review
“A splendid retelling of a remarkable story.”
—The Atlantic Monthly
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Meet the Author
Benson Bobrick earned his doctorate from Columbia University and is the author of several critically acclaimed works, including Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired and Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution. 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.
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Despite a few factual errors (or possibly typos since the author puts the signing of thr Declaration on Aug 22 instead if the actual date of Aug 2nd) this book is a very well rounded narrative on the stories an struggles of our Independence. Reads very much like a novel.
A fantastic book on American History. Easy to read, interesting antidotes on our founding fathers and historically acurate.
Angel in the Whirlwind is the perfect book for anyone who has more than a simple interest in the Revolutionary War, but can barely remember what you learned in your history class. Bobrick's book is outstanding in two respects: his style is extremely easy to read and the book provides an abundant amount of insightful political analysis and colorful humanistic information. Make no mistake, this is not a book about war! If you are looking for an indepth discussion on the combatant's strategic or tactical goals and practices, this is not the book for you. If on the other hand, you want to know what it was like to live and fight during this tumultous period - how people earned a living, how people entertained themselves, how the early leaders shaped the country's future, the backroom compromises and intrigue surrounding who was to receive promotions and our ties with France - then you will smile each time you put the book down at night. Yet Bobrick doesn't speak in generalities. Your face will be red with anger after reading the full account of Arnold's treason, but you will pause with a chill at the description of Major Andre's execution. Angel in the Whirlwind provides a fundamental understanding of why people took a particular action. Everyone from King George to the mutinous Contentials is accounted for. Before you read a book about the military history of the war, read Angel in the Whirlwind to understand why fellow countrymen chose to kill each other for their beliefs.