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The American Revolution: 1754-1781 (History SparkNotes)
SparkNotes Editors
1411404173
July 2005
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South Carolina and the American Revolution
John W. Gordon
157003480X
Nov 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
An estimated one third of all combat actions in the American Revolution took place in South Carolina. From the partisan clashes in the backcountry's war for the hearts and minds of settlers to bloody encounters with Native Americans on the frontier, more battles were fought in South Carolina than any other of the original thirteen states. The state also had more than its share of pitched battles between Continental troops and British regulars. In South Carolina and the American Revolution: A Battlefield History, John W. Gordon illustrates how all of these encounters, fought between 1775 and 1783, were critical to winning the struggle that secured America's independence from Great Britain. According to Gordon, when the war reached stalemate in other zones, and the South became its final theater, South Carolina became...


1776

0743226712


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Book Review
Esteemed historian David McCullough covers the military side of the momentous year of 1776 with characteristic insight and a gripping narrative, adding new scholarship and a fresh perspective to the beginning of the American Revolution. It was a turbulent and confusing time. As British and American politicians struggled to reach a compromise, events on the ground escalated until war was inevitable. McCullough writes vividly about the dismal conditions that troops on both sides had to endure, including an unusually harsh winter, and the role that luck and the whims of the weather played in helping the colonial forces hold off the world's greatest army. He also effectively explores the importance of motivation and troop morale--a tie was as good as a win to the Americans, while anything short of overwhelming victory was disheartening to the...


The Russian Revolution: 1917-1918 (History SparkNotes)
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1411404300
July 2005
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The French Revolution
Thomas Carlyle
0375760229
May 2002
Paperback
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Review
“No novelist has made his creations live for us more thoroughly than Carlyle has made the men of the French Revolution.” —George Eliot

Review
?No novelist has made his creations live for us more thoroughly than Carlyle has made the men of the French Revolution.? ?George Eliot

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The Penguin Atlas of World History
Hermann Kinder
0141012633
May 2004
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
This wide-ranging, chronological summary of the main cultural, scientific, religious, and political events from the beginning of world history to the eve of the French Revolution is accompanied by detailed maps that clarify complex historical situations and make this an essential reference book for students and for the home.

Language Notes
Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


The French Revolution: 1789-1799 (History SparkNotes)
SparkNotes Editors
1411404319
July 2005
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American Gospel : God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
Jon Meacham
1400065550
April 4, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Historian and Newsweek editor Meacham's third book examines over 200 years of American history in its quest to prove the idea of religious tolerance, along with the separation of church and state, is "perhaps the most brilliant American success." Meacham's principal focus is on the founding fathers, and his insights into the religious leanings of Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and Co. present a new way of considering the government they created. So it is that the religious right's attempts to reshape the Constitution and Declaration of Independence into advocating a state religion of Christianity are at odds with the spirit of religious freedom ("Our minds and hearts, as Jefferson wrote, are free to believe everything or nothing at all-and it is our duty to protect and perpetuate this sacred culture of freedom")....


The American Revolution
Gordon S. Wood
0812970411
Aug 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Gordon S. Wood's The American Revolution, part of the Modern Library Chronicles series, is an erudite, concise summary of the events and circumstances surrounding the seminal conflict, both physical and philosophical, in American history. The Modern Library Chronicles are accessible-but-serious works of scholarship, meant to serve as introductions (or refresher courses) on large subjects for interested readers. The American Revolution is an excellent case in point. Wood deftly describes seeds of the Revolution, most notably disgruntlement on the colonists' part brought about by increasingly maladroit and fiscally punishing British policies. He then follows the course of actual warfare and its aftermath, most interestingly the fraught, bitter battle to draw a governing blueprint for the new country.

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Patriots: Brotherhood of the American Revolution (Portable Professor Series)
Joseph J. Ellis
0760750114
May 2004
Compact Disc
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Book Description
In this riveting series of lectures, award-winning author and professor Joseph J. Ellis (author of the award winning "American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson) invokes the spirit of the revolutionary period by examining the personalities of the remarkable men who fought for the creation of the United States. Includes 14 riveting 35-minute lectures on 8 CD's as well as a book-length course guide.


A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander)
Diana Gabaldon
0385324162
September 27, 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
After waiting nearly four years since The Fiery Cross (2001), readers will find every expectation fulfilled in the sixth book of the popular Outlander series. Gabaldon shines as she unfolds the continuing story of the Frasers, heartbreakingly heroic highlander Jamie and his time-traveling wife Clare. Set during the three years leading up to the American Revolution, this compulsively readable mix of authentically set historical fiction and completely satisfying romance maps both violent loss and strong family ties. On the eve of war much is changing on Fraser's Ridge and Jamie and Claire encounter much harm. This vivid and haunting novel, therefore, brings an aching sadness, but it is balanced with sheer joy, revelation, and solace. The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the...


The Glorious Cause: A Novel of the American Revolution
Jeff Shaara
0345427580
June 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Shaara's hefty fifth novel, the second in a two-volume series about the American Revolution, is an epic saga of what Shaara calls our first civil war and the first truly world war, told with emotion, energy and historical precision. Using the formula of character-driven fiction employed by his father, Michael Shaara (The Killer Angels), Jeff Shaara presents the dramatic history of the revolution as seen through the eyes of the major players. In describing the battles, skirmishes, victories, defeats, blunders, intrigues, treason and bickering, Shaara illuminates the circumstances whereby a rebel collection of motley amateurs dared to confront a mighty empire and its vaunted army. The narrative establishes immediacy in its colorful profiles of the participants. Shaara depicts George Washington as a general whose...


A People's History of the American Revolution
Ray Raphael
0060004401
June 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
California-based writer Raphael (An Everyday History of Somewhere; etc.) offers an accessible study of the American Revolution, as part of a series edited by Howard Zinn, and in the tradition of his A People's History of the United States. Most books on the Revolution focus on generals and kings, although scholars have, in the last two decades, turned some of their attention to the lives of ordinary people. Raphael transforms the best insights of that scholarship into a lively, readable narrative. Yes, kings and generals were important, but it was the people at large who brought about American independence. Even before the war started, ordinary people were involved in protesting British abuses, refusing to consume tea and other British luxury items. Women supported the Revolution by spinning their own cloth...


All the Shah's Men : An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
Stephen Kinzer
0471678783
August 12, 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
With breezy storytelling and diligent research, Kinzer has reconstructed the CIA's 1953 overthrow of the elected leader of Iran, Mohammad Mossadegh, who was wildly popular at home for having nationalized his country's oil industry. The coup ushered in the long and brutal dictatorship of Mohammad Reza Shah, widely seen as a U.S. puppet and himself overthrown by the Islamic revolution of 1979. At its best this work reads like a spy novel, with code names and informants, midnight meetings with the monarch and a last-minute plot twist when the CIA's plan, called Operation Ajax, nearly goes awry. A veteran New York Times foreign correspondent and the author of books on Nicaragua (Blood of Brothers) and Turkey (Crescent and Star), Kinzer has combed memoirs, academic works, government documents and news stories to...


A Tale of Two Cities (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Charles Dickens
1593083327
November 2004
Hardcover
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Submarines at War
Michael Gunton
0786714557
Dec 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Submarine warfare not only took its combatants in World Wars I and II into the oceans' terrifying deeps, but also subjected them to crowded, unhygienic, frequently dispiriting, and incredibly hazardous conditions. Yet fear and despair among submariners were regularly countered by courage and camaraderie, and the dangers these men faced daily were no less real than the triumph they felt in victory, or simple survival. For up to two months at a stretch a submarine might be home to its officers and crew, a home which might also become a tomb. Among the combating nations in World War II, submarine warfare claimed the lives of 40,000 men. Bringing the gripping and often horrifying World War experiences of submariners to the page, this history offers more than well-researched facts and concretely detailed events. It conjures...


The Wellness Revolution : How to Make a Fortune in the Next Trillion Dollar Industry
Paul Zane Pilzer
0471430676
April 15, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
How to make a fortune in the next big boom industry
The paperback edition of this revolutionary business book, by bestselling author Paul Pilzer, shows wellness professionals and entrepreneurs how to get in on the ground floor of the booming wellness industry. A legendary entrepreneur and speaker, Pilzer predicts that within the next decade money spent on disease prevention will surpass that spent on disease treatment-and he shows readers how to stake their claim while there's still time. The Wellness Revolution is a step-by-step plan for getting rich that will help entrepreneurs figure out where they fit in the industry, learn how to control demand, and how to get started. This insightful and well-reasoned book shows how to take advantage of the wellness boom, but its lessons can be applied to any new...


The Oxford History of the French Revolution
William Doyle
019925298X
Aug 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This second edition of the most authoritative and comprehensive history of the French Revolution draws on a wealth of new research in order to reassess the greatest of all revolutions. It includes a generous chronology of events and an extended bibliographical essay providing an examination of
the historiography of the Revolution. Beginning with the accession of Louis XVI in 1774, leading historian William Doyle traces the history of France through revolution, terror, and counter-terror, to the triumph of Napoleon in 1802, along the way analyzing the impact of these events in France upon
the rest of Europe. He explores how a movement which began with optimism and general enthusiasm soon became a tragedy, not only for the ruling orders, but for millions of ordinary people all over Europe who paid the price for...


Rise to Rebellion: A Novel of the American Revolution
Jeff Shaara
0345452062
March 2002
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Once more breathing vigor and passion into the dusty annals of our nation's history, the author of the bestselling Civil War trilogy (Gods and Generals; The Last Full Measure; Gone for Soldiers) demonstrates an ever-growing level of literary competence in the first installment of his projected two-volume saga of the American Revolution. Spanning the crucible years beginning with the Boston Massacre in March 1770 and continuing through the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July, 4, 1776, the story is told from the perspective of a handful of characters well known from our history books. In Boston, the Sons of Liberty activist Samuel Adams and his younger, more intellectual and oratorical second cousin, John Adams, speak out against King George III. In London there's aging Philadelphian Benjamin...


Rough Crossings : Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
Simon Schama
006053916X
May 1, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
[Signature]Reviewed by Adam HochschildHas there ever been a patch of history more celebrated than the American Revolution? The torrent is endless: volume after volume about the glory of 1776, the miracle of 1787 and enough biographies of the Founding Fathers to stretch from the Liberty Bell to Bunker Hill and back again. The Library of Congress catalogue lists 271 books or other items to do with George Washington's death and burial alone. Enough!By contrast with the usual hagiography, distinguished historian Schama has found a little-known story from this era that makes the Founding Fathers look not so glorious. The Revolution saw the first mass emancipation of slaves in the Americas—an emancipation, however, not done by the revolutionaries but by their enemies. Many American rebel leaders were slave...


A Tale of Two Cities (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Charles Dickens
1593081383
August 2004
Paperback
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Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism
Eric Burns
158648334X
March 1, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Considering the many noble accomplishments of early American culture, Burns observes, the levels of vulgarity and partisanship in colonial newspapers should strike modern readers as shocking. Given the ideological jousting taking place on talk radio and in the blogosphere today, he may be overstating the case, and at times the condemnation feels as if it's laid on a bit thick, but Burns's historical examples of journalistic excess—rabid language, character assassination, even outright fabrication—never bore. From the sniping feuds among Boston's first papers to sex scandals involving Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, the snappy patter gives clear indication of how much Burns, a Fox News anchor and accomplished historian (The Spirits of America), relishes telling his story. With so much...


Texian Iliad
Stephen L. Hardin
0292731027
Jan 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
Hardly were the last shots fired at the Alamo before the Texas Revolution entered the realm of myth and controversy. French visitor Frederic Gaillardet called it a "Texian Iliad" in 1839, while American Theodore Sedgwick pronounced the war and its resulting legends "almost burlesque." In this highly readable history, Stephen L. Hardin discovers more than a little truth in both of those views. Drawing on many original Texan and Mexican sources and on-site inspections of almost every battlefield, he offers the first complete military history of the Revolution. From the war's opening in the "Come and Take It" incident at Gonzales to the capture of General Santa Anna at San Jacinto, Hardin clearly describes the strategy and tactics of each side. His research yields new knowledge of the actions of famous Texan and Mexican...


A History of the American Revolution
John Alden
0306803666
Sept 1989
Paperback
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Jack P. Greene, professor of history, John Hopkins University
Clearly the best one-volume history of the Revolution written so far.


The Divided Ground : Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution
Alan Taylor
0679454713
February 21, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The study of borderlands is hot; Pulitzer and Bancroft prize–winning historian Taylor (William Cooper's Town) offers a rich, sprawling history focusing on the Iroquois Six Nations of New York and Upper Canada during the era of the American Revolution. Taylor examines Indians' wise but unsuccessful attempts to hold onto their land as colonists encroached on it. One of Taylor's great insights is that historians have taken at face value what European settlers said about the "preemption rights" by which colonists and imperial governments claimed Indian territory. Taylor recovers Indians' reactions to those "rights." Many Indian leaders, recognizing that they couldn't reverse European settlement, tried to at least dictate how that settlement would unfold—they wished to lease, rather than sell, their land,...


The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Karl Marx
1593083750
November 2005
Hardcover
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American Revolution: A Nonfiction Companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Magic Tree House Research Guide Series)
Mary Pope Osborne
0375823794
August 2004
Paperback
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School Library Journal
"A great place to begin research for a report." --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

Book Description
WHY DID WE fight the Revolutionary War? What is the Declaration of Independence? What was it like to live in the 13 colonies? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Magic Tree House Research Guide: American Revolution, Jack and Annie’s guide to one of the most important events in our nation’s history. This is the nonfiction companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Magic Tree House #22).

“A great place to begin research for a report.”—School Library Journal

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Instant European History
Robert P. Libbon
0449907023
Feb 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
From the French Revolution to the Cold War, this spirited chronicle brings European history to life, following the trails of treachery, unearthing the dirt on key historical figures, and reconstructing dramatic revolutionary battles.  So if you've ever wondered why Napolean's boundless ambition led to Waterloo or how Hitler stalled on the rocky road to Moscow, this book is for you.

Besides uncovering all the juicy facts you forgot from History 101, Instant European History reveals the surprising side of people and events that conventional accounts ignore.

You'll learn:

Why the first king of Great Britain couldn't speak English.
Why the "war to end all wars" was followed by...another war.
How the guillotine gave French Revolutionaries a middle-class tax cut.
How a...


Earthly Powers : The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe, from the French Revolution to the Great War
Michael Burleigh
0060580933
March 1, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Given the continuing discussion of religious values and secular ideals in American life (most recently in "the war on Christmas"), as well as the international crises brought by the perversion of faith into political ideology and of politics into religious fanaticism, this first in a two-volume work is most timely. In a masterful survey of European history, British historian Burleigh (The Third Reich) demonstrates that religion and politics are rarely directly opposed, but instead influence, shape and feed off each other in complex ways. Thus, the violent secularist ideologies of Jacobinism, communism and Nazism, he says, were actually surrogate religions that worshipped nation, class and race, while some 19th-century churches involved themselves in the radical politics engendered by...


The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Thomas S. Kuhn
0226458083
December 15, 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
There's a "Frank & Ernest" comic strip showing a chick breaking out of its shell, looking around, and saying, "Oh, wow! Paradigm shift!" Blame the late Thomas Kuhn. Few indeed are the philosophers or historians influential enough to make it into the funny papers, but Kuhn is one.

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is indeed a paradigmatic work in the history of science. Kuhn's use of terms such as "paradigm shift" and "normal science," his ideas of how scientists move from disdain through doubt to acceptance of a new theory, his stress on social and psychological factors in science--all have had profound effects on historians, scientists, philosophers, critics, writers, business gurus, and even the cartoonist in the street.

Some scientists (such as Steven Weinberg and Ernst Mayr) are profoundly irritated by...


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