The Cause: The American Revolution and Its Discontents, 1773-1783 (Large Print / Library Binding)

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A clear, concise, and compelling account of the colonies' break from Great Britain. Ellis insightfully captures the perspectives of determined patriots, loyalists, and especially the commanding figure of George Washington, who, while obsessed with appearances and his own reputation, possessed the moral fiber without which American independence may not have been gained. — Mike Hare

This is a well-written, quick read given the scope of the complex history and the years it covers. Ellis cuts through the mythology of the Revolutionary War (referred to at the time as The Cause), to unveil the thinking and actions of the founders who somehow came together to form this most imperfect Republic. He is quick to point out the contradiction of these "United States" who often found it difficult to turn away from regional priorities to join a larger cause, and who also allowed the original sin of slavery to fall like a shadow on every decision they made. A refreshingly honest look at the characters and circumstances that made this nation, and how that drama continues today. — Allen Boulet


George Washington claimed that anyone who attempted to provide an accurate account of the war for independence would be accused of writing fiction. At the time, no one called it the "American Revolution" former colonists still regarded themselves as Virginians or Pennsylvanians, not Americans, while John Adams insisted that the British were the real revolutionaries, for attempting to impose radical change without their colonists' consent.

With The Cause, Ellis takes a fresh look at the events between 1773 and 1783, recovering a war more brutal than any in American history save the Civil War and discovering a strange breed of "prudent" revolutionaries, whose prudence proved wise yet tragic when it came to slavery, the original sin that still haunts our land. Written with flair and drama, The Cause brings together a cast of familiar and forgotten characters who, taken together, challenge the story we have long told ourselves about our origins as a people and a nation.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432894368
ISBN-10: 1432894366
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2022
Pages: 641
Language: English