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The Glorious Cause (The American Revolutionary War) (original 2002; edition 2003)

by Jeff Shaara (Author)

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Title:The Glorious Cause (The American Revolutionary War)
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This was a very long listen...approximately 24 hours. It's a look at detailed events leading up to the American Revolution. The characters all have dialogue, which makes it a novel; they are many and familiar. The four point-of-view characters in this book are George Washington, Nathaniel Green, Lord Cornwallis, and Benjamin Franklin. Despite my efforts to put it down at various points during the read, i always came back. I learned something more each time. ( )
  buffalogr | Aug 16, 2018 |
The best American historical fiction writer around today. ( )
  brone | Aug 2, 2016 |
This was a thoroughly researched novel of the American Revolution. This volume focused on the battles of the American Revolution. There was a lot of historical detail added to the story and I found the plotlines dragged at times. The best parts of the story revolved around George Washington trying to get money and supplies for his troops. The battles" back and forth with the Continental Congress were intriguing and I learned a lot about his struggles behind the scenes. I also liked the Afterword where Shaara told the after story of all the major players in the Revolution on both sides of the war." ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
Turns out that wasn't the book I intended to read. That's okay, because this is an entertaining historical novel about the American War for Independence. Or is it a novelistic history? Because it really reads like a history book. But a history book with an unusual knowledge of the thoughts and private conversations of its protagonists. Because there's a lot here that would never be known from the historical record and is at best educated supposition. Nevertheless it provides an interesting perspective where people are the heart of the narrative rather than a string of battles and military strategies.

The four point-of-view characters in this book are George Washington, Nathaniel Green, Lord Cornwallis, and Benjamin Franklin. Each of these men is presented as brilliant and noble in their own way. Their rivals are depicted much less well. For Washington and Greene that includes Charles Lee, Horatio Gates, and members of Congress, while Cornwallis has to deal with Generals Howe, Clinton, and Burgoyne. Meanwhile, Franklin faces off against the intrigues of the French court.

As I said, it's entertaining as a novel and historically sound, and worth a read for a different take on the Revolution. ( )
2 vote Othemts | Dec 11, 2015 |
This was my purse book which is why it took so long to read it. I totally enjoyed it! I wish it had covered Charles Lee's court-martial, especially with all that Washington had to go through with his insubordination and disrespect. Instead, Lee's arrogant self and his hounds disappear from the book which worked for me. Arthur Lee wasn't a likable person either successfully undercutting Silas Deane and attempting to sabotage Benjamin Franklin's mission to France. A very interesting detailed book. ( )
  lisa.schureman | Sep 19, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345427580, Mass Market Paperback)

In Rise to Rebellion, bestselling author Jeff Shaara captured the origins of the American Revolution as brilliantly as he depicted the Civil War in Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure. Now he continues the amazing saga of how thirteen colonies became a nation, taking the conflict from kingdom and courtroom to the bold and bloody battlefields of war.

It was never a war in which the outcome was obvious. Despite their spirit and stamina, the colonists were outmanned and outfought by the brazen British army. General George Washington found his troops trounced in the battles of Brooklyn and Manhattan and retreated toward Pennsylvania. With the future of the colonies at its lowest ebb, Washington made his most fateful decision: to cross the Delaware River and attack the enemy. The stunning victory at Trenton began a saga of victory and defeat that concluded with the British surrender at Yorktown, a moment that changed the history of the world.

The despair and triumph of America’s first great army is conveyed in scenes as powerful as any Shaara has written, a story told from the points of view of some of the most memorable characters in American history. There is George Washington, the charismatic leader who held his army together to achieve an unlikely victory; Charles Cornwallis, the no-nonsense British general, more than a match for his colonial counterpart; Nathaniel Greene, who rose from obscurity to become the finest battlefield commander in Washington’s army; The Marquis de Lafayette, the young Frenchman who brought a soldier’s passion to America; and Benjamin Franklin, a brilliant man of science and philosophy who became the finest statesman of his day.

From Nathan Hale to Benedict Arnold, William Howe to “Light Horse” Harry Lee, from Trenton and Valley Forge, Brandywine and Yorktown, the American Revolution’s most immortal characters and poignant moments are brought to life in remarkable Shaara style. Yet, The Glorious Cause is more than just a story of the legendary six-year struggle. It is a tribute to an amazing people who turned ideas into action and fought to declare themselves free. Above all, it is a riveting novel that both expands and surpasses its beloved author’s best work.


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In Rise to Rebellion, bestselling author Jeff Shaara captured the origins of the American Revolution as brilliantly as he depicted the Civil War in Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure. Now he continues the amazing saga of how thirteen colonies became a nation, taking the conflict from kingdom and courtroom to the bold and bloody battlefields of war. It was never a war in which the outcome was obvious. Despite their spirit and stamina, the colonists were outmanned and outfought by the brazen British army. General George Washington found his troops trounced in the battles of Brooklyn and Manhattan and retreated toward Pennsylvania. With the future of the colonies at its lowest ebb, Washington made his most fateful decision: to cross the Delaware River and attack the enemy. The stunning victory at Trenton began a saga of victory and defeat that concluded with the British surrender at Yorktown, a moment that changed the history of the world. The despair and triumph of Americab2ss first great army is conveyed in scenes as powerful as any Shaara has written, a story told from the points of view of some of the most memorable characters in American history. There is George Washington, the charismatic leader who held his army together to achieve an unlikely victory; Charles Cornwallis, the no-nonsense British general, more than a match for his colonial counterpart; Nathaniel Greene, who rose from obscurity to become the finest battlefield commander in Washingtonb2ss army; The Marquis de Lafayette, the young Frenchman who brought a soldierb2ss passion to America; and Benjamin Franklin, a brilliant man of science and philosophy who became the finest statesman of his day. From Nathan Hale to Benedict Arnold, William Howe to b3sLight Horseb4s Harry Lee, from Trenton and Valley Forge, Brandywine and Yorktown, the American Revolutionb2ss most immortal characters and poignant moments are brought to life in remarkable Shaara style. Yet, The Glorious Cause is more than just a story of the legendary six-year struggle. It is a tribute to an amazing people who turned ideas into action and fought to declare themselves free. Above all, it is a riveting novel that both expands and surpasses its beloved authorb2ss best work.… (more)

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