A vibrant new look at the American Revolution's first months, from the author of the bestseller The Admirals When we reflect on our nation's history, the American Revolution can feel almost like a foregone conclusion. In reality, the first weeks and months of 1775 were very tenuous, and a fractured and ragtag group of colonial militias had to coalesce rapidly to have even the slimmest chance of toppling the mighty British Army.
AMERICAN SPRING follows a fledgling nation from Paul Revere's little-known ride of December 1774 and the first shots fired on Lexington Green through the catastrophic Battle of Bunker Hill, culminating with a Virginian named George Washington taking command of colonial forces on July 3, 1775.
Focusing on the colorful heroes John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Benjamin Franklin, and Patrick Henry, and the ordinary Americans caught up in the revolution, Walter R. Borneman uses newly available sources and research to tell the story of how a decade of discontent erupted into an armed rebellion that forged our nation.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Walter Borneman is the author of eight works of nonfiction, including The Admirals, 1812, The French and Indian War, and Polk. He holds both a master's degree in history and a law degree. He lives in Colorado.
Table of Contents
List of Maps ix
Patriots' Day 3
Prologue: Tuesday, December 13, 1774 7
Part I An Irrepressible Tide January-March 1775
1 New Year's Day 1775 13
2 Drumbeats of Dissension 27
3 Who Would Be True Patriots? 41
4 Volleys of Words 57
5 "Fire, If You Have the Courage" 71
6 Boston in the Bull's-Eye 88
7 Independence or Reconciliation? 100
Part II "Let It Begin Here" April 1775
8 The General's Dilemma 113
9 Two Lanterns 130
10 Lexington Green 143
11 On to Concord 161
12 By the Rude Bridge 176
13 Retreat, If We Can 192
14 Percy to the Rescue 207
15 What Have We Done? 222
16 Spreading the News 237
Part III Decisive Days May-June 1775
17 Must We Stand Alone? 257
18 "In the Name of the Great Jehovah…" 269
19 Ben Franklin Returns 289
20 Lexington of the Seas 299
21 Three Generals and a Lady 315
22 What Course Now, Gentlemen? 327
23 "The White of Their Gaiters" 347
24 "A Dear Bought Victory" 370
Epilogue: Monday, July 3, 1775 391
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“American Spring” tells the story of the American road to Revolution and Independence from Lexington and Concord in December 1774 through the Battle of Bunker Hill, which was not very satisfactory for either side, to George Washington’s assumption of command of the American Army on July 3, 1775. Author Walter Borneman has crafted an engaging work that draws the reader into the drama and holds his interest until the end. He involves main characters on both sides and illustrates how the colonial forces gradually coalesced into an army that could conduct operations on a continental scale. I like way this book illustrates the process by which the military struggle was organized, even before independence was declared. I recommend it for a more detailed examination after an initial understanding of the Revolution is mastered.