1775: A Good Year for Revolution

1775: A Good Year for Revolution

by Kevin Phillips
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1775: A Good Year for Revolution by Kevin Phillips

A groundbreaking account of the American Revolution—from the bestselling author of American Dynasty

In this major new work, iconoclastic historian and political chronicler Kevin Phillips upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution by debunking the myth that 1776 was the struggle’s watershed year. Focusing on the great battles and events of 1775, Phillips surveys the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations of the crucial year that was the harbinger of revolution, tackling the eighteenth century with the same skill and perception he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics. The result is a dramatic account brimming with original insights about the country we eventually became.

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ISBN-13: 9780143123996
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 656,695
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kevin Phillips has been a political and an economic commentator for four decades. 1775 is his fifteenth book. He lives in Connecticut.

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1775: A Good Year for Revolution 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Vermont More than 1 year ago
If you are truly interested in detailed history of how the revolution began, the interaction of individuals who played a major part, what part each of the 13 colonies, played, and would like to eliminate the overly simplistic portrayal of the American revolution with which most of us have been presented over the years, you will enjoy this book. It is far more detailed than most readers will want but that is what makes it so revealing and so educational. Phillips shows that the revolution did not come easily outside of New England. Some colonies came close to having their own civil war. The war was not popular in England to the point troops to fight the colonials had to be rented from other countries. Crops of the South played a major role in supplying the patriots with arms and powder. There was far more than the Stamp Act, the tea tax, the Quebec Act and the stationing of English troops in the colonies that led to such dissatisfaction with King George and English politicians that brought so many colonials to the point of revolution. Phillips details it all and, for me at least, provides a history I never knew.
BrianIndianFan More than 1 year ago
Most of the apathy people have towards history is the recitation of dates and places. It is understandable that the human experience is in essence one long narrative, teaching history in terms of bits and pieces does not allow for true learning and understanding. Such an approach to history tends to make events appear to spring from nowhere, like the Declaration of Independence. Kevin Phillips successfully argues that Declaration of Independence was the final step - and not the first - towards war with England. In his book, Phillips begins by dismantling the need for a hard and fast start to the beginning of the Revolution. The fact that the Declaration comes almost 16 months after the skirmish at Lexington and Concord - and about a year after other small battles between Continental and Crown forces - serves to illustrate that the Revolutionary War really began in 1775. In 1774, the colonies were beginning to secure arms and other war materiel in anticipation of a fight. On two separate occasions the colonies had resorted to economic warfare to affect changes in policies enacted by Parliament. In addition, colonials had been working the various courts of Europe to assist them in their quest. This book looks at the year 1775 from various points of view, military, economic, religious, social, etc. Phillips leaves no stone un-turned in his effort to show that what many would call the run-up to the Revolutionary War could in point of fact be considered the conduct of the war itself. Indeed, the colonial policy of non-importation and -exportation in 1775 was tantamount to an act of war, which King George III and Parliament duly noted. Once finished, the reader will come away with a new sense of appreciation for the Founding Fathers. The road to independence was not a smooth one, but the path taken was not an accidental one; it was premeditated and well thought out. BOTTOM LINE: The essential book for Revolutionary War students.
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Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want add view of how the American Revolution came to pass, should read.
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I have been doing genealogy research this past year. As I read the local histories and documents, I am discovering US history is more complicated than the story in the average history book. I am suspicious American understanding of our history may be more biased than is assumed. This bias may be a large influence in how we perceive American identity, historical goals, reality, and even our documents. In his introduction, Phillips makes reference to this disparity between facts and myths. I am interested in reading his position and comparing it to the original facts and the common interpretation of the facts. There is a bibliography to assist readers to find and read documents that influenced Phillips research. For those serious about learning the real American history, this book may provide a framework for more study. That is the reason I will read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It read like a book report and it was heavy in foreshadowing.
bama81 More than 1 year ago
as above. 81BAMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pigeon hole one year without describing why it's abundantly more crucial than '74 or '76? Historically accurate but definitely more opinion than history. This book wasn't bad, but for $20 bucks, i expect a lot better.