The American Revolution: What Really Happened

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[The American Revolution]

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The American Revolution

What Really Happened

Alan Axelrod

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Ask most Americans about the revolution that gave birth to their nation and they?ll conjure a handful of iconic ideas and images: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The shot heard ...

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Overview

[The American Revolution]

[9781435140721]

[front cover]

The American Revolution

What Really Happened

Alan Axelrod

[spine]  Axelrod  The American Revolution  [logo]

[flaps]

Ask most Americans about the revolution that gave birth to their nation and they’ll conjure a handful of iconic ideas and images: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The shot heard ’round the world. George Washington crossing the Delaware. And when we do pursue a deeper understanding of the American Revolution, we’re often confronted with extreme perspectives, from flag-waving narratives that depict the whole affair as an idealistic struggle against a distant and despotic king to cynical revisionist treatments that say it was all the work of a disgruntled bunch of rich colonial merchants who got tired of paying taxes.

 The American Revolution is a riveting tour de force that is meant to enlighten anyone who wants to learn the true story about the causes, conduct, and outcome of a conflict that was in many ways unique in world history. Acclaimed historian Alan Axelrod puts the facts above political interpretation, deftly weaving a story that is as engrossing and multifaceted as a great novel. In a refreshingly fearless, colloquial voice, Axelrod recounts the events of the Revolution with unflagging humanity and drama: Life in colonial America, where most people were proud to consider themselves British subjects. The French and Indian War and the first stirrings of resentment caused by Britain’s attempt to defray that war’s costs through taxes imposed on the American colonies. The outbreak of war at Lexington and Concord. The near rout of George Washington’s Continental army in the New York and New Jersey region and Washington’s inspiring victory at Trenton to keep the Revolution alive. The brutal winter at Valley Forge and the alliance with France that gave the cause of independence a second wind. The bravery and treachery of Benedict Arnold and the remarkable naval exploits of John Paul Jones. The often overlooked “other” war in the western frontier regions.

Interspersed through the narrative are special features and sidebars–Reality Checks; Details; Alternate Takes; Pop Culture; Forgotten Faces; Numbers; Takeaways; and Eyewitness accounts—that dig beneath classically taught history to make the Revolution come alive. The book is filled with spectacular color and black-and-white illustrations and maps—most created during the Revolution.

The American Revolution brought something unique into the world: an entirely new kind of nation, founded on a set of ideas. As we continue today and in the future with this bold historical experiment, it’s essential to look back on the great struggle that won the country its independence and set it on its path. This unique volume is the perfect place to start.

ALAN AXELROD is the prolific author of more than sixty books, including the Profiles in, The Real History, and CEO series as well as the BusinessWeek best-sellers Patton on Leadership and Elizabeth I, CEO. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox, and numerous radio programs, including NPR. Axelrod and his work have been featured in publications such as Fortune, Men’s Health, and USA Today.

 

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[headline] The Birth of America

How real is the history of the American Revolution you learned in school? In this lively, riveting, and authoritative narrative of the great struggle that created our nation, Alan Axelrod explores the fascinating mix of philosophical ideals and economic self-interest that ignited America’s struggle for independence. From the seeds of dissent and the first bullets at Lexington and Concord, to the victory at Yorktown and the Paris Treaty, the astonishing story of the American Revolution finally comes fully to light.

“The sprightly narrative is lavishly illustrated, and intriguing sidebars . . . are interspersed throughout the text . . . an excellent introduction to the revolution.”—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435140721
  • Publisher: Fall River Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 544,936
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Axelrod is the prolific author of over 60 books, including The Real History of World War II, Profiles in Audacity, Winston Churchill, CEO, and the Business Week bestsellers Patton on Leadership and Elizabeth I, CEO. He is a frequent speaker at management seminars, and has appeared on the Discovery Channel, MSNBC, CNN, CNNfn, CNBC, Fox, and numerous radio news and talk programs, including NPR. Axelrod and his works have been featured in Business Week, Fortune, Men's Health, and many newspapers, including USA Today.
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