Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War

Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War

From historian Thomas B. Allen, author of Remember Pearl Harbor and George Washington, Spy Master comes a sweeping, dramatic history of the Americans who fought alongside the British on the losing side of the American Revolution. Allen?s compelling account comprises an epic story with a personal core, an American narrative certain to spellbind readers of Tom Fleming, David From historian Thomas B. Allen, author of Remember Pearl Harbor and George Washington, Spy Master comes a sweeping, dra...

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Title:Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War
Author:Thomas B. Allen
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Genres:History
ISBN:Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:468 pages pages

Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War Reviews

  • Christopher Newton
    Apr 02, 2015
    Pretty interesting book, and the second one I've read about the Revolutionary War. (The first was 1776 by David McCullough) McCullough is a superb writer. Allen is a fair to middling writer but a good historian and popularizer. He makes the point that our first war was a really a civil...
  • Ernie
    Dec 02, 2015
    So... I did not finish this book. Usually I don't write a review if I haven't finished it but I think I actually got full value. The topic is fascinating and, like the author, I have been curious since grade school about the 1/3 of the colonial population who were described as being Lo...
  • Jason
    Aug 16, 2011
    The recent popular history of the American Revolutionary era has largely neglected the role of the Tories ? American colonists who remained faithful to the King. Allen?s work is a very well written and engaging attempt to explain the actions and many of the motivations of those who...
  • Nathan
    Mar 02, 2011
    The first full-length treatment of Loyalism that I've read, "Tories" is a useful if dry book. Its broadest purpose is its only purpose: to report the conflicts between those who rebelled and those who remained loyal to England. That is a little too broad for my liking. There is no real...
  • Matt
    Aug 07, 2017
    "The [American and French Revolutions] are usually seen as diverging sharply. The Americans founded an enduring constitutional settlement on the separation of powers and the checks and balances of a federal system. The French plunged into any abyss of blood and fire, to emerge under th...
  • Tom
    Nov 09, 2010
    Great book on the "other side" in the Revolution ...
  • Mark Cook
    Dec 09, 2017
    Definitely brings a balanced perspective to what many of us learned in school. Thomas B. Allen is a renowned historical author for good reason. He has such a good balance of deeply researched material and highly readable narrative. This was a well rounded answer to many of my questions...
  • Bob Price
    May 22, 2011
    To be honest...I probably would have been a Tory. I know myself well enough to know that I am afraid enough of change to have followed the Rebels to found a new country. When I read the blurb about this book, I knew I had to read it, and I was not disappointed. Allen is able to...
  • Ian Racey
    Dec 10, 2014
    My expectations might have been at fault here. I was expecting at least part of the book to examine why it was that some people chose Loyalism and why others chose Patriotism, rather than just a narrative history of the Loyalists' political and military activities from the early 1770s ...
  • Judy
    May 16, 2011
    I recently found out that I have some ancestors who went back to England because of their Tory sympathies so I'm interested to start this book though I won't promise I'll finish it. ...
  • Loren
    Dec 25, 2011
    Not much of a conclusion and can drag on into minutia at times but it's a fascinating and well written account of a part of the Revolution I've never paid any attention to. No study or reading of the Revolutionary War should be complete without this. ...
  • Lynn
    Apr 11, 2019
    Probably a good 'starter' book for Americans on the Loyalists in the war. Parts of it were well balanced; other parts emphasised Loyalist misbehaviour while seeming to ignore the fact that it went both ways in equal measure, but perhaps this is simply because he was trying to write abo...
  • Vicky
    May 02, 2014
    I'm going to move this to the 'read' pile, even though I'm still working on it, because it is a REALLY dense read. Deennnnnnnse. So probably for real history buffs rather than the casual reader. I'm on about page 200 and it's still 1775. Very interesting to see things from the other si...
  • Duncan Mchale
    Jul 03, 2011
    What a sad story. The American Revolution seen as a civil war reveals betrayals, hesitations, hatreds, pointless bravery, cowardice rewarded, cruelty, and idealism. Throughout is the maddening uncertainty ruling the people who lived through the war. This book strings together a series ...
  • Tom Schulte
    Nov 15, 2016
    Thomas B. Allen casts the Revolutionary War as a savage and often deeply personal civil war, America's First. This is a history of a well-worn area, from another vantage point. Among the things I learned is that the Revolution produced one of the greatest and least known migrations in ...
  • Timothy
    Jul 22, 2011
    Allen's book adds nothing new to the study of loyalism during the American Revolution. Still the book is well written and has a grasp of recent historiography. ...
  • Samantha
    Jan 11, 2012
    This book was great for the perspective it gives to Americans interested in the history of the Revolutionary War. Most of us do not think about the people on the "other side" or the possibility that the war was more of a civil war instead of a revolutionary one. Most of us either don't...
  • Shannon
    Mar 06, 2012
    My interest in this topic was from a wargame titled ?Washington's War?. In that game political control of the colonies shifts based on how you use your resources and the game lets you place your control marker into various territories within each colony. Additionally, there ar...
  • Sanaya
    Sep 28, 2017
    I was hoping for something to humanize the Tories and help me understand why they made the decisions they did, and how where they came from affected that. You know, the usual things you want to know while trying to understand a group of people. There is essentially none of that. Even B...
  • Cynic
    Feb 23, 2012
    Excellent history of a group of people, little known and misunderstood from both sides of the pond. ...
  • Louise
    Sep 08, 2017
    Thomas B. Allen presents the stories of everyday people who stayed loyal to the King during the American Revolution. Well known events and people are covered, but the ?not famous? are center stage. The stories are arranged topically with a loose chronology. Allen presents his re...
  • Ann
    Feb 18, 2013
    What a horrible time the Revolutionary War was. Allen makes the point that it was as much a civil war as a fight against the British. Loyalists generally saw themselves as British, and believed it was their duty to support their King. The British engaged Loyalists, Indians, slaves, Hes...
  • Jim
    Sep 10, 2018
    A pretty good read. Basically a review of the Revolution, pointing out where Tories and Tory military units participated. Dispels the myth that the Continentals had a unified movement toward independence. Also provides examples of the appalling violence in civilian on civilian episodes...
  • Matt
    Feb 05, 2017
    The central conceit of Allan's book on the 'American Revolution', is that it was in fact our first civil war. And it was every bit as uncivil - though not as deadly in absolute terms - as our later civil war. The Loyalists tended to be Anglicans, Catholics and Quakers, Highland Scot...
  • David Eppenstein
    Apr 05, 2018
    While this book is about our Revolutionary War it is not about the history that we all have at least a passing knowledge of. What the author makes clear is that our revolution was a civil war, our first with the second to come in the next century. This first civil war was fought on two...
  • Vince Ciaramella
    Feb 14, 2018
    Wow, I did not like this book at at all. I really had high hopes for it but it was a huge let down. I really wanted a book that went to why people stuck with the King over their rebel neighbors. I wanted to know what cities were most sympathetic to the Crown and why. I wanted to know m...
  • Alicia
    Jan 18, 2015
    A humbling story and not for the faint of heart. I asked the question; How would one choose sides, Patriot or Tory viewed from the Jersey Shore, now having read the book this seems premature. Someone recommended I read "Tories" so here I am. The first question that needs to be addresse...
  • Heather G
    Dec 29, 2014
    Ok There were parts of this book that kept me compelled and interested, then there were parts of the book that were so dry and boring it was a struggle to finish. Lots of minutiae but inside it there is a compelling history. ...
  • Reza Amiri Praramadhan
    Jan 30, 2019
    We are taught that US Revolutionary War was a struggle for independence done by liberty-and-freedom-loving Patriots against the tyrannical George III and his British Empire. However, what happened if people who you were supposed to fight belong to your people too, that is, American peo...
  • Jay Wright
    May 27, 2016
    First, I think the author may have bit off a little too much. I think there are several more good books to come from this era. Most American citizens do not realize that the Revolution was truly a civil war. The Tories were as prevalent as the Patriots and they fought relentlessly. Thi...