A Good Year for Revolution

Book - 2012
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The contrarian historian and analyst upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution

In 1775 , iconoclastic historian and bestselling author Kevin Phillips punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution. He suggests that the great events and confrontations of 1775--Congress's belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain, New England's rage militaire , the exodus of British troops and expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and hundreds of local  committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands­--achieved a  sweeping Patriot control of territory and local government that Britain was never able to overcome.  These each added to the Revolution's essential momentum so when the British finally attacked in great strength the following year, they could not regain the control they had lost in 1775.

Analyzing the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations, as well as the roles of ethnicity, religion, and class, Phillips tackles the eighteenth century with the same skill and insights he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics.  The result is a dramatic narrative brimming with original insights. 1775 revolutionizes our understanding of America's origins.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2012.
ISBN: 9780670025121
Characteristics: xxvi, 628 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Seventeen seventy-five


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Jul 25, 2014

This is the same guy who claimed that the CPI was the cause of the global economic meltdown (evidently never heard of securitizations, credit derivatives, rehypothecation and re-rehypothecation, et cetera)? The same guy who mentions in American Dynasty that Bush #2 went through only 5 weeks of enlisted basic training, without realizing that means George W. Bush washed out even from enlisted basic training, and most definitely never attended USAF flight school? Writing authoritatively on US history? Sorry, charlie, Phillips' has never established any credibility in his writing.

Feb 05, 2013

couldn't get into it. no humor in it, like other receint books of this ilk. read "me the people" or the george washington one by glenn beck instead.


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