Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It

Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It

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 ne Amid a great collection of scholarship and narrative history on the Revolutionary War and the American struggle for indep...

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Title:Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It
Author:John Ferling
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Number of Pages:432 pages pages

Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It Reviews

  • Bruce Cook
    Sep 27, 2015
    I thoroughly enjoyed this one volume account of the revolutionary war. As I read this book I also was reading Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow. I would read a chapter in Whirlwind and then the corresponding chapter or chapters in Washington for the same event or period. It was a very ...
  • Lindsay
    Mar 02, 2017
    I loved this book. I'm fairly knowledgeable about the Revolutionary period, and yet I learned a ton from reading this book. Ferling often uses the very effective technique of quoting a person's actual words instead of paraphrasing, which increases the credibility of the narrative and g...
  • Kate Lawrence
    Jun 17, 2017
    Without being overly detailed, Ferling tells the whole story: from the end of the Seven Years' War through the oppressive new laws Britain imposed in the 1760s on the American colonies and every step of the way through the war and its resolution. It was an amazing time period, with hug...
  • Ross
    Sep 07, 2015
    This is a must read for all with an interest in the Revolutionary War. I have read many histories of the war, and this book provided material I had not seen before. Most of the histories I have read provided just a few lines describing the Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party as the roo...
  • Geo Forman
    May 29, 2018
    An appropriate measure of politics, personalities, societies and the battlefield. The author has an exemplary style of writing Best one volume history of America's fight for independence that I've read ...
  • Sarah
    Jul 04, 2015
    "From one person God made all nations who live on earth, and he decided when and where every nation would be?" Acts 17:26 (Scripture quoted from the Contemporary English Version 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.) It is fascinating to see the events th...
  • Zeb Kantrowitz
    Feb 15, 2015
    Ferling, a leading authority in American Revolution, is a professor emeritus in history at the University of West Georgia. Written in a narrative style, the book reads like an historical fiction in the way it handles stories about the Continental Army, Continental Congress and the Brit...
  • H. P.
    Feb 23, 2015
    By Ferling?s own words, Whirlwind differs from other histories of the American Revolution in emphasizing the causal role of economic factors (along with rage against Britain and a desire for a freer world), its position that Americans were happy with the imperial relationship until t...
  • Lauren
    Oct 08, 2017
    If you are not entertained by history...this is not the book for you! If you ARE entertained by history, this is an excellent comprehensive account of the events leading up to, during, and following the American Revolution. Ferling has a great hand for getting all the facts and writing...
  • Pedro
    Aug 01, 2015
    I won this book through Goodreads. Very well conceived historical book that is able to turn the usual perspective of the American Revolution and bring forth its own interpretation. Ferling looks at the time frame as being more than just the Revolution itself. Wherein economic change...
  • Ben
    Nov 19, 2015
    A very well done book about the American Revolution and the Revolutionary War itself. While many authors of the subject prefer to focus on the revolution from a social and political aspect or on the war itself the author gives both subjects equal time and equal importance as his title ...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Feb 21, 2015
    I received a prerelease e-copy of this book through NetGalley (publication date May 5, 2015) with the expectation that I will post a review on their site and others (my blog, Goodreads, Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, Twitter, Amazon, etc.). I requested this book as I am an avid of Un...
  • Scoutmaster P
    Mar 07, 2018
    Enlightening. Interesting read about the military and political impacts during the eight year struggle for independence. ...
  • Jay Perkins
    May 10, 2017
    This is a really solid overview of the American revolution. Ferling covers a lot in a relatively short book. ...
  • Evan
    Mar 15, 2015
    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. Most people learned about the Revolutionary War in middle school and high school. The extent of their knowledge is comprised of the major battles and ke...
  • Jean Tucker
    Jul 07, 2016
    A complete survey of the American revolution, this book filled in the gaps in what I knew. The British made so many blunders. "To some degree, the outcome of the conflict was more a case of Britain having lost the war rather than America having won it." Very entertaining. Highly recomm...
  • Yossarianxxi
    Feb 06, 2017
    This is a really great comprehensive 201ish level-"Intro to the American Revolution" if you will. IT was nuts to bolts from the political beginnings & British acts that enflamed the colonists, through the end of the war, touching on everything. It definitely sets the stage for futu...
  • Daniel Dolan
    Nov 25, 2018
    This book is receiving a lot of positive buzz among some of my history and strategy professor colleagues, so I bought a copy. After reading it, I can understand why the Revolutionary War experts are considering it among the best single volume texts on the topic of the American Revoluti...
  • James Murphy
    Dec 30, 2018
    I've just finished reading "Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It" by John Ferling and it's one of the best histories that I've read. The book covers the years 1759 to 1783 and shows how the thirteen colonies became disaffected with Great Britain, the train of even...
  • Arlene
    Oct 16, 2015
    I love when a history book is engaging enough to hold my interest. This book accomplished that. I did feel caught up in the "whirlwind" of the times. It gave me insight I didn't have before about how the compromises made to ensure US independence set us up for the conflict in the Civil...
  • Alexander Cotignola
    Sep 03, 2015
    John Ferling?s Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War that Won It, as the title suggests, details the events that led to the American Revolution and how a ragtag group of rebels eventually took down the world?s most powerful army with French support. In here one will find a...
  • Darin Leviloff
    Oct 17, 2016
    Ferling does a great job exploring the American Revolution, those that drove it, and the forces behind it (as well as discussing the development of the early Republic). This is a master work that draws together the economic, political, and military themes and outcomes of the American R...
  • Rodney Harvill
    Apr 26, 2018
    As is obvious from the title, the author, Professor Ferling, considers the American Revolution to be distinct from the Revolutionary War, unlike the popular usage that treats the two concepts as synonymous. The book covers the time period from the Stamp Act of 1763 to the Treaty of Par...
  • Stan DeGroote
    Jul 13, 2017
    This is the single best overview of the American Revolution that I have seen. It doesn't go as deeply into individual biographies, nor is it a military history per se. But it gives the over-arching outline and context that is missing from most similar texts. I was looking for ...
  • Kevin
    Sep 15, 2017
    This book looks at the events that led to the revolution, who led it and who fought in it. Very light on the military details of the battles and minimal information about individual soldiers experience, it's more of an overall picture. Considering the length of the book and the timelin...
  • Gerry McCaffrey
    Sep 05, 2018
    I was looking for a book that would give me an overview of the war of independence and this turned out to be a perfect fit. Well written and just the right amount of detail. ...
  • Bill F.
    Jan 01, 2016
    I've enjoyed two other John Ferling works: Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 [2004] and Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation [2013]. I can now add Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It [2015] to that group. Ferling, a retire...
  • Patti
    Mar 29, 2017
    And what a whirlwind it was! I've often thought it miraculous that the Americans were able to achieve victory in this war, and go on to forge a powerful nation. At what heavy a cost did this victory come about! Ferling's book is a comprehensive and unflinching look at how it all played...
  • Kirk LaPean
    Sep 18, 2017
    The Revolution from Start to Conclusion Extremely indepth discussion of the American Revolution. At times it read more like a textbook, but after reading you definitely walk away understanding what lead up to the war and how it was won. This should be a mandatory read for most of ou...
  • Brevin
    Dec 31, 2018
    This incredible book has lots of details and information, and perfectly sets a tone for this turbulent time period. ...