Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 5, 2015 - History - 432 pages
Amid a great collection of scholarship and narrative history on the Revolutionary War and the American struggle for independence, there is a gaping hole; one that John Ferling's latest book, Whirlwind, will fill. Books chronicling the Revolution have largely ranged from multivolume tomes that appeal to scholars and the most serious general readers to microhistories that necessarily gloss over swaths of Independence-era history with only cursory treatment.

Written in Ferling's engaging and narrative-driven style that made books like Independence and The Ascent of George Washington critical and commercial successes, Whirlwind is a fast-paced and scrupulously told one-volume history of this epochal time. Balancing social and political concerns of the period and perspectives of the average American revolutionary with a careful examination of the war itself, Ferling has crafted the ideal book for armchair military history buffs, a book about the causes of the American Revolution, the war that won it, and the meaning of the Revolution overall. Combining careful scholarship, arresting detail, and illustrative storytelling, Whirlwind is a unique and compelling addition to any collection of books on the American Revolution.

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An excellent overview of the entire Revolutionary War, including the events of the 1770's that led up to the war itself. It covers everything from English politics to American politics and the major ... Read full review

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Professor Ferling telling of the Revolutionary War is so full of suspense you believe the British will win the war right up to the Battle of Cowpens in January 1781. Read full review


Introduction I See Nothing Before Us But Accumulating Distress
Changes in Imperial
Great Crisis 17671770
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The War Begins
Changes in 1775
Reform at Home
A Year of Disasters 1780
Southern Theater in 17801781
The Decisive
Peace Conspiracy Demobilization
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The War

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John Ferling is professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia. He is the author of many books on American Revolutionary history, including The Ascent of George Washington; Almost a Miracle, an acclaimed military history of the War of Independence; and the award-winning A Leap in the Dark. His most recent book on American history is Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation. He and his wife, Carol, live near Atlanta, Georgia.

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