BOOTMAKER TO THE NATION, an ebook trilogy, dramatizes the Revolutionary War so vibrantly that people who "hate history" will find themselves totally immersed in the saga of America’s creation. Fifty years after the Declaration of Independence, two white-haired patriots take turns telling their epic story, Benjamin from the battlefields, Genevieve from Washington’s headquarters. Follow the long war as soldiers carry muskets in their hands, and battered copies of the newly ...
BOOTMAKER TO THE NATION, an ebook trilogy, dramatizes the Revolutionary War so vibrantly that people who "hate history" will find themselves totally immersed in the saga of America’s creation. Fifty years after the Declaration of Independence, two white-haired patriots take turns telling their epic story, Benjamin from the battlefields, Genevieve from Washington’s headquarters.
Follow the long war as soldiers carry muskets in their hands, and battered copies of the newly written Declaration of Independence in their backpacks. Despite their rags, despite their hunger, they never quit.
What was it that kept the troops so loyal to their Commander in Chief? How were they able, after a winter of near starvation, to march out of Valley Forge as a professional army?
In Volume II, witness the soldiers as they transform into something more . . . They are already becoming citizens of a new nation, a nation based on their democratic dreams.
"Bootmaker to the Nation by Dr. John Slade is the most outstanding American history book I now own. A fictional family, dedicated to their country and to their Commander in Chief, literally walks us through the Revolutionary War. The author has brilliantly made this family so real, you truly believe they were a part of the process." . . . "As a member of the DAR, I have read many books about America's Revolution. None of my reading has left me in such awe."
"Bootmaker to the Nation is a superbly written historical novel." . . . "Slade's use of detail in the settings and the emotions of the characters are masterfully wrought. The reader is drawn into the miseries of soldier life with no pay, no food, and inadequate protection from the elements. This is a history lesson made totally realistic by the author's blending of a myriad number of facts with how they affected the characters' lives. We rated this book a very high five hearts."
"Slade brings to life the turbulent period from 1774 to 1783." . . . "To add authenticity to the story, he visited every historical site mentioned in the novel, read countless books, studied historic documents in the Library of Congress, and even worked as a "topman" for 10 days in the highest rigging of a sailing ship, so that he would be able to describe Benjamin's experience on a British frigate."
"Now more than ever, when a renewed patriotism no longer rests only with government leaders, our American spirits and hearts are uplifted by this tale. Weighty and comprehensive, this story will be one that readers will discuss over and over. This is an exhilarating novel that will simply enthrall readers with its adventure, sensitivity and—most importantly, humanity."
"Dr. Slade made the story of our great country come alive for me for the first time in my life. This book should be in every library."
After the trauma of September 11, 2001, followed by two wars, and then the economic devastation in 2008, Americans are looking with a loving and yet probing eye at their country. Who are we, as a nation, and as a good neighbor in the world? What is our future path?
The author hopes that by returning to the birth of our nation—by reliving the rich and powerful years from 1763 to 1783—we can better understand the events, and the values, of our American foundation. By clearing away the clutter and the neglect, by returning to the granite bedrock of our Revolution, we can find a more solid footing . . . and thus we can build a national edifice that is less commercial, but instead more generous in spirit.
John Slade has written this epic novel as a gift to America.
With a doctorate in literature from Stanford University in 1974, Slade has taught English—a vital key to the future—in the United States, the Caribbean, Norway, and Russia. He now expands the classroom to every home and every school in America. BOOTMAKER TO THE NATION tells the story of a colonial people who spent 12 years, from 1763 to 1775, discussing their economic, political, and legal differences with the Mother Country, before the first musket was fired. The founders of our country were educated; it is time for Americans today to educate themselves with equal fervency.
As a teacher of literature with a broad range of students, Slade writes with a clear and vibrant style. Thus, every historical step in BOOTMAKER TO THE NATION is distinct and vivid. The author enables the reader to follow the story closely with detailed maps.
The author has a rare passion for capturing the essential details that bring his writing to life. For over five years, Slade read a multitude of books about the American Revolution, including documents in the Library of Congress. He visited every historical site from Lexington at dawn on April 19, to Fraunce's Tavern in New York City, to Valley Forge during a howling blizzard, to redoubt number ten in Yorktown. Slade sailed for ten days on a square-rigger, as crew up in the highest rigging, so that he could describe Benjamin’s voyage from London to Boston in 1774.
The author provides actual quotes from General Washington, Jefferson, and John Adams, as historical figures and fictional characters appear together throughout the novel. Thus rich history is interwoven into a galloping story.