Winning of Independence

Winning of Independence

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • United Kingdom
  • 0531064905
  • 9780531064900

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A contribution to the Quadrangle Bicentennial History of the American Revolution, this book touches all the standard high points without - as Smelser confesses in a preface - adding anything new. The narrative covers the Continental Congresses, Gage's raid on Concord, Washington as "a born winner," Bunker Hill, the Declaration of Independence, the surrender of Burgoyne and Cornwallis, Valley Forge, the French, and Thomas Jefferson, who from his mother inherited "the Randolph genetic strain which has produced more public-spirited Americans than any other." Add to that some detail on the navy, a pooh-pooh for the Conway cabal, and a loosely attached conclusion that the British were incompetent and demoralized. Smelser seems to aspire to the oldfashioned, urbane historiography of a Nevins, but he admittedly adds nothing to the standard histories, leaves out much that they provide, and compensates with no analytic strides. (Kirkus Reviews)
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