Revolution Song: The Story of America's Founding in Six Remarkable Lives

Revolution Song: The Story of America's Founding in Six Remarkable Lives

by Russell Shorto


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“An engaging piece of historical detective work and narrative craft.” —Chicago Tribune

At a time when America’s founding principles are being debated as never before, Russell Shorto looks back to the era in which those principles were forged. In Revolution Song, Shorto weaves the lives of six people into a seamless narrative that casts fresh light on the range of experience in colonial America on the cusp of revolution. The result is a brilliant defense of American values with a compelling message: the American Revolution is still being fought today, and its ideals are worth defending.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393356212
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 137,925
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Russell Shorto is the best-selling author of The Island at the Center of the World, Amsterdam, and Revolution Song, and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Cumberland, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Prologue 1

Part 1

Chapter 1 Sons of Fathers 13

Chapter 2 A Tide in the Affairs of Men 37

Chapter 3 The Turtle's Back 53

Part 2

Chapter 4 The Charming Sound of Bullets 75

Chapter 5 World on Fire 92

Chapter 6 This Land I Have Made for You and Not for Others 119

Chapter 7 The Spirit That Rages 151

Chapter 8 Thirteen Toasts 178

Chapter 9 Assuming Command 203

Chapter 10 A Natural Inclination to Liberty 219

Chapter 11 The City of New York Will, in All Human Probability, Very Soon Be the Scene of a Bloody Conflict 252

Chapter 12 So Celestial an Article 273

Chapter 13 Cannons Muskets Drums 296

Chapter 14 White Freedom 326

Chapter 15 I Am Your Son! I Am a Warrior! 355

Chapter 16 Numberless Meteors Gleaming Through the Atmosphere 370

Part 3

Chapter 17 The Cause of Humanity 395

Chapter 18 Rough Hewer 416

Chapter 19 Glowing with Zeal for the General Happiness and Improvement of Mankind 440

Chapter 20 Which Nothing Else Can Equal 476

Epilogue 505

Acknowledgments 511

Notes 515

Bibliography 557

Index 579

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