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

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Oxford University Press, Apr 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 392 pages
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Setting the World Ablaze is the story of the American Revolution and of the three Founders who played crucial roles in winning the War of Independence and creating a new nation: 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 in doing so 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 upon an unsurpassed command of the primary sources and a talent for swiftly moving narrative to give us intimate views of each of these men. He shows us both the overarching historical picture of the era and a gripping sense of how these men encountered the challenges that faced them. 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 under-appreciated hero of the Revolution, while Jefferson is revealed as the most overrated, yet most eloquent, of the Founders. Setting the World Ablaze shows in dramatic detail how these conservative men--successful members of the colonial elite--were transformed into radical revolutionaries.
  

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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

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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

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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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