West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776

West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776

by Claudio Saunt
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West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
fred5962 More than 1 year ago
If you're curious about the rest of the country while we were fighting the British on the east coast, you should look into this book, for you will be surprised that our future west was undergoing a lot of growing pains. The author keeps this topic interesting in denoting modern locations for the locations cited. For example, who knew that the Plains Indians were mostly over six feet in height? They had grown healthy on a diet of Buffalo meat, and when they met their eastern counterparts in Washington, they were surprised to have to look down on them, literally. I think you will enjoy this book, because the "savages" weren't they; they were us.
semcdwes More than 1 year ago
1776, it is a year known well in the Western World. The year when the American colonies declared their independence, so beginning a war with Britain that would have resounding consequences. Yet it was a war that happened exclusively along the Atlantic seaboard. Thousands of miles of land lay to west of these battles, land that was experiencing its own upheavals, but rarely is that story told. This book endeavors to do just that, spanning not only the North American continent but also unexpected locations such as Cuba, Russia, and Paris.<br /> <br /> I must admit I picked up this book from the shelves on a whim, because I was intrigued Even as a history student we rarely touched on what was happening in North America outside of the British colonies, that is until the fledgling United States began their push into the interior of the continent on their way to Pacific. While I appreciated Saunt's effort, I really felt like he could have done more. The text was dry, often rambling at times as in the pages and pages of information on the magnificence and signifigance of the beaver population. Where he wasn't engaged in long tangents, the author skimmed quickly over the material. At only 210 pages of text, this book provides the barest of introductions to the several topics covered. Given the 50 pages of notes at the end of the book, it is clear that the author conducted extensive research, so it would have been nice to read a more expanded version of this book. As it is, he merely wet my interest in the topics he chose to present. To top it off he introduced yet another topic on the European discovery of the Hawaiinislands in the two page long epilogue. No where else in the book was Hawaii or Captain Cook mentioned, so I found this incredibly frustrating. Good thing he included all his notes so that I know where else to look for the rest of the history. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About a third of the book is after the epilogue. An exciting topic that could have had more story.
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thompsot1 More than 1 year ago
This book consists of a series of rather vague descriptions of events around the globe that occurred in the time of our Revolution. The links tying these together were quite weak, if they existed at all. There wasn't any real overarching sense of relatedness or conclusion.