Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence

Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence

A distinctive portrait of the crescendo moment in American history from the Pulitzer-winning American historian, Joseph Ellis. The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country?s founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever t A distinctive portrait of the crescendo moment in American history from the Pulitzer-winning American historian, Jo...

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Title:Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence
Author:Joseph J. Ellis
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Genres:History
ISBN:0385349629
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence Reviews

  • Jim Coughenour
    Jun 25, 2013
    A couple weeks ago I started reading 1775: A Good Year for Revolution by Kevin Phillips but was defeated, as I was in 2000 by The Cousins? Wars, by the bog of historical detail. Phillips is rarely less than interesting but his research is exhausting. Joseph J. Ellis, the Pulitzer-...
  • Pete
    May 20, 2016
    this got me from roughly columbus to somewhere in tennessee today. totally valid if slightly softbatch narration of how independence was being declaration-ed at the same exact time as the battles for new york almost annihilated the continental army. ellis is really good on recovering i...
  • Hannah
    Jan 17, 2014
    Rating Clarification 3.5 Stars Ellis' narrative primarily focuses on the political and military agenda and perspective of both colonial American (Adams, Franklin, Washington, Greene) and British (Germain, Richard Howe, William Howe, Clinton) players during the crucial months leading...
  • Barbara
    Jun 05, 2013
    I enjoyed this book, and felt like Mr. Ellis gives the reader a good feel for what many of the generals and founding fathers may have been thinking and what some of their motivation might have been as they were making important decisions that impacted the future of the American Revolut...
  • Jay Connor
    Jun 22, 2013
    Joseph J. Ellis, who deservedly won the Pulitzer for his great ?Founding Brothers,? equally deserves that accolade for this excellent ?Revolutionary Summer.? Ellis has done with a crucial moment in our Revolution Story, what Jay Winik did with our Civil War Story to such suc...
  • Erica
    Jul 24, 2013
    You know, it never hurts to brush up on history. I had begun to worry that I didn't understand the American Revolution and was mixing facts, making stuff up. No, it turns out, I'm good. I know the basics: the flow of events, the major players, even some of the cities involved. I'm not...
  • John Vibber
    Aug 03, 2013
    What a scene! Revolutionary Summer takes you to the months of 1776 that have shaped our destiny and inspired all subsequent republics. The largest invasion fleet in history is sailing into New York City. General George Washington is frantically searching for a strategy that might allow...
  • Bob Price
    Oct 08, 2013
    There comes a point in a person's publishing career where they have probably put into print virtually everything they have learned and they begin to cover ground they have already covered. I think that is the case with Revolutionary Summer, Joseph Ellis' latest offering of Early Am...
  • John Machata
    Jun 13, 2018
    Excellent well-written history of this momentous time. ...
  • Jeff
    Aug 01, 2013
    I am often in the fence about the history of Joseph Ellis. He is an excellent writer, he anticipates some previous knowledge from his readers, and thus never simplifies the subject matter. In this book Ellis tightens the microscope of his preferred subject, the Revolutionary period...
  • Jackie
    Aug 16, 2014
    An excellent account of the summer of 1776, as our nation struggled to free itself. Surprisingly to me, during that summer, the Continental Army was not brave, George Washington was not decisive and the Continental Congress was not united. This is a story of how it all came together. ...
  • Robert
    Dec 24, 2015
    The high level of historical quality and thought you come to expect from a Joseph Ellis book is here. Ellis takes one year (even less than that when you count the months) and explains why the political and military decisions of both sides were so intertwined it set the stage for the re...
  • Daniel
    Jun 14, 2013
    Although I thoroughly enjoyed this week, I found it slightly disappointing in that Ellis seems here to skim over some of the important events of the summer of 1776 to highlight, what he believes to be, the salient points. The book is, to be sure, a wonderful read. And he clearly makes ...
  • Jerome
    Apr 01, 2013
    A good but somewhat superficial study of the summer of 1776 and the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence. Ellis writes very well. Ellis is good at providing portraits of the major figures like John Adams, but I felt he profiled too few of them. Still, his portrai...
  • George P.
    Jul 31, 2013
     Joseph J. Ellis, Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence (New York: Alred A. Knopf, 2013). $26.95, 240 pages. Hardcover / Kindle Although the American Revolution can be viewed from many perspectives, history books typically emphasize the political and military one...
  • Grady McCallie
    Dec 26, 2013
    A segment of the American reading public seems to have created a bottomless market for semi-scholarly narrative histories -- written for a popular audience but with rigorous sourcing and citations -- of the American Revolution. Revolutionary Summer is the latest entry, covering the per...
  • David
    May 25, 2019
    Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis looks at the summer of 1776 when some of the most consequential events in the founding of the United States occurred. Leading up to and the actual Declaration of Independence many momentous decisions had to be made on the run while the Continenta...
  • Mary
    Oct 02, 2013
    Excellent overview of the major political and military challenges of the summer of 1776. It has been a while since I've read much about this and it was a nice review. I imagine anyone who has read much about this historical period would find this a bit too lightweight, but I enjoyed it...
  • Robert Melnyk
    Jun 11, 2013
    Very good account of the early part of the American Revolution. Very similar to David McCullough's 1776. So much history that took place just a few miles from where I have lived all my life. It is very interesting to consider what would have happened if William Howe had decided to atta...
  • Donald Powell
    Feb 02, 2019
    A detailed explanation and analysis of roughly May to October, 1776. Ellis dives into the events to explain the sentiments of the Americans, the British, the military players and the principal politicians on both sides. This level of detail illuminates much of how and why the revolutio...
  • Bruno
    Jul 28, 2013
    Classic Ellis - well-researched, well-written, enormously entertaining in places. It was not his best work - for some reason it seemed not as tightly edited with events and conversations being repeated almost verbatim in different chapters. But - having said that - Ellis is like pizza....
  • Wayland Smith
    Aug 11, 2017
    There's a lot that most people don't know about the Revolutionary War. One of the things that never really gets taught in basic history courses is how close the American side came to losing, several times. This book, focusing on the summer and early fall of 1776, shows the early days o...
  • Yerzhan Karatay
    Nov 01, 2016
    Joseph J. Ellis described both the political and military atmosphere of 1776 in a well-written manner. I highly enjoyed to find Washington as hesitant as honour driven character he was, though, being able to take the right decisions and manage own fears for the sake of The Cause when ...
  • Travis Blanchard
    Jan 27, 2014
    There are some reviewers of this book who have stated that Joseph Ellis is retreading old ground here, but I am not sure what they are referring to. The fact that the book covers the American Revolution is similar to Ellis?s other work, but the similarities end there. Revolutionar...
  • Brian Willis
    Apr 11, 2018
    I will always recommend Ellis for those who want to brush up - or learn - basic American revolutionary era history and personas without having to read hundreds of pages to arrive there. Like Ellis's previous work, this focuses tightly on certain ideas, and while just over 200 pages,...
  • Aric Cushing
    Feb 03, 2015
    Gripping from beginning to end. Howe's attack on Kip's Bay: Washington's midnight escape across the Hudson (and Howe's brilliant undocumented response): Oh yes, and our brilliant retreat, first to Harlem Heights, then to White Plains: If you're a history buff, don't miss this ...
  • Marie
    Sep 07, 2018
    This is one of the shortest non-fiction history books I have read. Focused solely on 1776. It was an interesting read. Now I want to read another George Washington biography ? so interesting! ...
  • Matt
    Oct 20, 2016
    I really enjoyed Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis. I've read quite a few books and biographies of the American Revolution time period and this is one of my favorites. The best thing about Revolutionary Summer to me is its brevity. It focuses on the eventful summer of 1776 an...
  • megs_bookrack
    Aug 13, 2017
    Revolutionary Summer is a concise telling of the events of the summer of 1776. The writing style is smooth and a lot of information is packed into such a small book. I really enjoyed it - Ellis shapes the individuals vividly and provides you with some insight into each of the key playe...
  • Bill Christman
    Mar 14, 2018
    Another of Ellis' fine pieces of history. He set out to show the interplay of the Battle of New York and the Congressional movement to independence. Usually these stories for ease of narrative are told separately but Ellis is trying to have the reader experience a bit of the chaos and ...