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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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A groundbreaking narrative—a historical political thriller—that explores the role of the Sons of Liberty in the American Revolution.

More than two hundred years ago, a group of British colonists in America decided that the conditions under which they were governed had become intolerable. Angry and frustrated that King George III and the British Parliament had ignored their lawful complaints and petitions, they decided to take action.

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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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Overview

A groundbreaking narrative—a historical political thriller—that explores the role of the Sons of Liberty in the American Revolution.

More than two hundred years ago, a group of British colonists in America decided that the conditions under which they were governed had become intolerable. Angry and frustrated that King George III and the British Parliament had ignored their lawful complaints and petitions, they decided to take action.

Knowing that their deeds—often directed at individuals and property—were illegal, and punishable by imprisonment and even death, these agitators plotted and conducted their missions in secret to protect their identities as well as the identities of those who supported them. Calling themselves the Sons of Liberty, they gathered together in a radical society committed to imposing forcible change. Those determined men—including second cousins Samuel and John Adams, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, and John Hancock—saw themselves as patriots. Yet to the Crown, and to many of the Sons' fellow colonists, the revolutionaries were terrorists who deserved death for their treason.

In this gripping narrative, Les Standiford reveals how this group of intelligent, committed men, motivated by economics and political belief, began a careful campaign of interlocking events that would channel feelings of vague injustice into an armed rebellion of common cause, which would defeat an empire and give birth to a radical political experiment—a new nation known as the United States.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061899553
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 238,508
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Les Standiford

LES STANDIFORD is the bestselling author of twenty books, including Bringing Adam Home, the John Deal mystery series, and the works of narrative history The Man Who Invented Christmas (a New York Times Editor's 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.

Biography

Les Standiford is the co-author of Bones of Coral, a screenplay based on the novel of the same name by James W. Hall, for MGM-Pathe. He is a member of the Associated Writing Programs, Mystery Writers of America, and the Writers Guild.

He wrote the screenplay adaptation of Spill, which has been released as a feature film starring Brian Bosworth and seen recently on SHOWTIME. He is author of the text for the best-selling book of photographs by Alan S. Maltz, Miami: City of Dreams (1997), and of the history, Coral Gables: The City Beautiful (Riverbend Books, 1998).

He has contributed a chapter to the national best-seller Naked Came the Manatee (Putnam, 1997), with Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, James W. Hall, et al. He is contributing editor of The Putt at the End of the World, a collective novel of golf, published by Warner Books in June of 2000.

He has recently completed a work of nonfiction: Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean.

Standiford's short stories and articles have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including The Kansas Quarterly, Writer's Digest, Fodor's Guide, Smoke Magazine, The Key West Reader, Confrontation, Three American Literatures (Modern Language Association), Perfect Lies: A Century of Classic Golf Fiction, and Communion: Contemporary Fiction Writers Reread the Bible. His novels have been reprinted in the United Kingdom, Holland, France, Germany and Japan. He has been a regular reviewer for The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday, and The New York Daily News.

He attended the Air Force Academy, Columbia University School of Law, and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Muskingum College in Ohio and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah. He spent twenty years in the West, working at times for the U.S. Forest, the Utah Parks Company, and the U.S. Park Service. He is a former screenwriting fellow and graduate of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

He is a past recipient of the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He is currently Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami, where he has lived since 1985 with his wife and three children.

Author biography courtesy of the author's official web site.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Great Read!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

    Fantastic book. I love the history surrounding the revolutionary

    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. 

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Must read

    Great read about the leading Patriots of our young nation

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    Great read for any budding historian of American independence.

    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

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