Setting the World Ablaze : Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Jul 6, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 428 pages
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Setting the World Ablaze is the story of the three men who, perhaps more than any others, helped bring the United States into being: George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Braiding three strands into one rich narrative, John Ferling brings these American icons down from their pedestals to show them as men of flesh and blood, and gives us a new understanding of the passion and uncertainty of the struggle to form a new nation. A leading historian of the Revolutionary era, Ferling draws on an unsurpassed command of the primary sources and a talent for swiftly moving narrative to give us intimate views of each of these men. More than any scholar before him, Ferling shows us both the overarching historical picture of the era and a gripping sense of how these men encountered the challenges that faced them. At close quarters, we see Washington, containing a profound anger at British injustice within an austere demeanor; Adams, far from home, struggling with severe illness and French duplicity in his crucial negotiations in Paris; and Jefferson, distracted and indecisive, confronting uncertainties about his future in politics. John Adams, in particular, emerges from the narrative as the most underappreciated hero of the Revolution, while Jefferson is revealed as the most overrated of the Founders, although the most eloquent. Setting the World Ablaze shows in dramatic detail how these conservative men--successful members of the colonial elite--were transformed into radical revolutionaries, and in doing so, it illuminates not just the special genius of these three leaders, but the remarkable transformation of His Majesty's colonies into the United States.
  

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Review: Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution

User Review  - Aaron Fields - Goodreads

Very well researched and written book. I was looking for something to read to learn more about the Revolutionary War Era. While this book focused mainly on Washington, Jefferson, and Adams, it also ... Read full review

Review: Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution

User Review  - Glenn Robinson - Goodreads

I was impressed with this one. A very good book on the analysis of Washington, Adams and Jefferson and their dealings with each other and so many of the others from this era. He was fairly unbiased ... Read full review

Contents

Fortitude Vigour and Perseverance Waging War and Independence
63
It Is Impossible to Exceed This From Despair to Triumph
185
The Sword and Bulwark of the American Revolution
296
Abbreviations
307
Notes
309
Select Bibliography
362
Index
373
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John Ferling is Professor of History at the State University of West Georgia and the author of John Adams: A Life and The First of Men: A Life of George Washington. He lives in Carrollton, Georgia.

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