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BOOK REVIEW: Apostles of the Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe, and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Tuesday, September 17, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Apostles of the Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe, and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe

by John Ferling

This biography of the Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and James Monroe interweaves their efforts among the events of the American Revolution through the end of Monroe's presidency. Exceptional political detail, although prose varies between reading each word with intense interest to skimming, skimming, skimming to escape onto the next topic.

For political, not military, buffs.

Tags:  American Revolution 

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BOOK REVIEW: The Birth of the Republic: 1763-89

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Monday, July 22, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Birth of the Republic: 1763-89

by Edmund S. Morgan. This is the third edition of 1956 original by a Yale professor and is as smooth a read as you'd ever get from academia. He examines the creation of the US in 156 pages, plus full text of Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights in the 206-page book. He hits the high and low points and if you haven't thought about the politics of the late 1700s, this is a great little book to get reacquainted with how our country started.

Enjoyed it.

Tags:  American Revolution 

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The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Monday, July 22, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army

by Paul Lockhart

This professor can research and write, which is comparatively rare among history books. Sympathetic bio of Steuben, who conned his way into drilling the ragtag Americans at Valley Forge, and then at times led them into battle. The Prussian officer was at the right place and time, albeit his abrupt manner ruffled some lace feathers at times and he became frustrated at other times when ignored.

Enjoyed it.

Tags:  American Revolution 

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BOOK REVIEW: Under the Guns: New York 1775-1776

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Thursday, June 13, 2019

by Bruce Bliven jr.

The narrow focus on NYC at the beginning of the Revolution provides excruciating detail on the political infighting among the various American factions. However impressive the research, this 1972 book often reads like meeting minutes. Of interesting note are the many raids by Connecticut militia on NYC civilian and military installations held by New York militia! So much for one big happy rebellion!

And that's why I kept plodding through the text: The information is compelling no matter how joyless the read.

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