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A New Age Now Begins: A People's History of the American Revolution
by Page Smith
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From review: Page Smith's history of the United States is a phenomenal work, packed with details and eyewitness reports from all sides of both the small and larger events that shaped the path of the modern United States. Page Smith presents both side's opinions, attitudes and angst. In doing so I feel that he brings out the real humanity of British officers like Howe trying to solve or suppress the Rebellion. The incomprehension of a King who couldn't understand the motivations of his citizens, or the endless confusion and misunderstanding created by the Atlantic time lag and his orders. The colonials who had grievances both real and manufactured. Whom felt pushed into an action they didn't want to take and then under the most amazing leadership, that spanned the arc from inept to magnificent struggled to gain their interpretation of liberty and government. In all of this Page Smith takes you through month by month and in the case of moments of destiny or defeat almost minute by minute. He, unlike others, does not descend into jingoism, or hero worship. All the characters of this historical pageant are alive, some hopelessly flawed but still brave, some perceptive and farsighted but hindered by chance or support. In the end this is not a dry recitation of revisionist history, it is alive and Page Smith as any good historian takes you to the heart of the events. - Gregory House's Reviews on GoodReads.com, 2 Jul. 2011.
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