Man on Horseback

Man on Horseback : The Revolution

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Man on Horseback is based primarily upon the memoirs of Benjamin Franklin, James Wilkinson, and passages from numerous other contemporary accounts of the American Revolution skillfully pieced together into a an entertaining and droll account of the unlikely events and the colorful people who used their power and influence to pull off the unthinkable…the unimaginable…the unlikely...the nearly impossible task of freeing the new world from the domination of the old one. Though it seems unlikely, the American revolution really couldn’t have been won without the help of a seventy year old retired newspaper man who’d been humiliated by the English press for stealing important letters and publishing them, an English Heiress who was very good at playing chess whose powerful military brothers were angling for peace, a bankrupted watchmaker turned playwright who befriended the French royal family, a down and out transvestite who’d been banished for years from France, a wealthy Virginia planter who’d recently been discovered making love to his neighbor’s wife and a simple Maryland farm boy who found himself to be in just the right place at just the right time to deliver to the rest of the clever schemers the one thing they really needed to make the revolution possible...a way to pay for it all. (Relax…there are no run on sentences like that one in the book!) Man on Horseback: The Revolution is the first installment in a series of books based on the life and times of one of history’s most enigmatic and infamous characters, General James Wilkinson. Though the general is often mentioned in novels, usually as a villain, his whole life story is largely unknown outside of the world of academics. This is possibly the case because his story is a very long one, involving nearly every truly pivotal event in the formation of the United States of America during his lifetime. James Wilkinson had a way of turning up in a situation just when things were becoming interesting and his twisted tale is far too long for one novel to capture. In this series, a slightly quirky version of the events is paired with other pivotal characters of the period, and it’s all true! Well…mostly. The characters and events in this book, which is centered on the early years of the American Revolution, are based upon real people and events, even the ones you think are unlikely! The title, Man on Horseback, is from an old edition of Webster’s dictionary which defines the phrase to mean, ‘a military man with such influence and power over the people as to threaten the current regime or administration of a country. ‘This tale wanders off the beaten path now and again for no other reason than that the information was highly entertaining, the truth being far stranger, sexier, more unexpected and baffling than fiction. If you will read this story without losing your patience, you will end up laughing and crying and saying “What the hell?!” at least twenty or thirty fifty times wondering how the Americans ever did win their little revolution. In the end you’ll feel you know many of the founding fathers personally and you’ll be the smartest, best informed person you know on this topic…promise! Though you may never have run across the story told in just this way before, it’s all true…well… more

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  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • 177.8 x 254 x 38.1mm | 1,270.05g
  • Createspace Independent Pub
  • English
  • 1508465231
  • 9781508465232