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American Spring, by Walter B. Borneman
This is not your old American history book. Walter B. Borneman shakes the dust and cobwebs off the American Revolution and breathes life into the years of revolutionary ferment and war by focusing on the people who experienced them. You’ll feel as if John Hancock and Samuel Adams are your next-door neighbors; you’ll probe the mind of General Gage, the man who was supposed to be keeping a lid on Boston. You’ll see the difficulties the British government had trying to manage colonies that lay across a vast ocean and how their missteps provoked a dream that eventually became a reality. You’ll see, feel, smell, and hear the life of the last quarter of the eighteenth century as if it were happening today and be surprised at its timeliness. Besides gaining an intimate understanding of the conditions that led to the formation of the United States of America from this very accessible, exciting, and rocking good read, you’ll be able to hear more stories of the Revolution from local speakers and perhaps make that field trip that you’ve been putting off to Minuteman National Park, the Old North Bridge, and other places right in our backyard that were such an integral part of the beginnings of our nation.