Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War
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Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War

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by Les Standiford
     
 

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“Popular history in its most vital and accessible form. Standiford has recovered the mentality of America’s first group of young radicals, the Sons of Liberty, and tells their story with flair and grace.”
—Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Founding Brothers

Les Standiford’s Last Train to Paradise, the

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“Popular history in its most vital and accessible form. Standiford has recovered the mentality of America’s first group of young radicals, the Sons of Liberty, and tells their story with flair and grace.”
—Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Founding Brothers

Les Standiford’s Last Train to Paradise, the fascinating true account of the building of a railroad “across the ocean” from Miami to Key West, is already a classic of popular history. With Desperate Sons, the New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Adam Home tells the remarkable story of America’s first patriots, the Sons of Liberty, whose revolutionary acts have become legend. With all the suspense and power of a historical action thriller, Standiford’s Desperate Sons recounts the courage and tenacity of a hardy group that included Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, and John Hancock—radical activists who were responsible for some of the most notorious events leading up to the American Revolution, from the Boston Tea Party to Paul Revere’s fabled midnight ride. Fans of David McCullough’s John Adams and 1776 will be riveted by this true history of young men inflamed by the fires of common purpose who helped a new nation to rise up against its British oppressor.

Editorial Reviews

Joseph J. Ellis
“This is popular history in its most vital and accessible form. Standiford has recovered the mentality of America’s first group of young radicals, the Sons of Liberty, and tells their story with flair and grace.”
Library Journal
Author of the best-selling Bringing Adam Home, Standiford goes behind the glossy surface of iconic events like Paul Revere's midnight gallop to explain how dangerous (and admittedly illegal) they really were. His aim: to show that we are more bound together by the chances those "desperate Sons" took than divided by the petty politics of today. Billed as a political thriller, so expect excitement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061899553
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
358,685
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.08(d)

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Joseph J. Ellis
“This is popular history in its most vital and accessible form. Standiford has recovered the mentality of America’s first group of young radicals, the Sons of Liberty, and tells their story with flair and grace.”

Meet the Author

Les Standiford is the bestselling author of twenty books and novels, including the John Deal mystery series, and the works of narrative history The Man Who Invented Christmas (a New York Times Editors’ Choice) and Last Train to Paradise. He is the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami, where he lives with his wife, Kimberly, a psychotherapist and artist. Visit his website at www.les-standiford.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Miami, Florida
Date of Birth:
October 31, 1945
Place of Birth:
Cambridge, Ohio
Education:
B.A., Muskingum College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Utah

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Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read that at times reads like a historical thriller. The author has clearly done exhaustive research and sheds valuable light on the events that led to the Revolutionary War.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book. I love the history surrounding the revolutionary warm especially all things related to the sons of liberty. The book predominantly focuses on Samuel Adams and his continual struggles with the crown, perhaps its more fair to say the Boston Sons of Liberty. Les StNdiford does a great job of pulling you back in time as if you are a part if th e sons of liberty. 
Stretch17 More than 1 year ago
Great read about the leading Patriots of our young nation
RolloRT More than 1 year ago
Great read for any budding historian of American independence. These radicals demonstrate the resolve or founding fathers had in seeking separation from the England. I will use their stories in my college classes. RolloRT