Series: American Revolutionary War #1
Published by Ballantine on July 3, 2001
Genres: Adult, Historical
In 1770, the fuse of revolution is lit by a fateful command—“Fire!”—as England’s peacekeeping mission ignites into the Boston Massacre. The senseless killing of civilians leads to a tumultuous trial in which lawyer John Adams must defend the very enemy who has assaulted and abused the laws he holds sacred.
The taut courtroom drama soon broadens into a stunning epic of war as King George III leads a reckless and corrupt government in London toward the escalating abuse of his colonies. Outraged by the increasing loss of their liberties, an extraordinary gathering of America’s most inspiring characters confronts the British presence with the ideals that will change history.
John Adams, the idealistic attorney devoted to the law, who rises to greatness by the power of his words . . . Ben Franklin, one of the most celebrated men of his time, the elderly and audacious inventor and philosopher who endures firsthand the hostile prejudice of the British government . . . Thomas Gage, the British general given the impossible task of crushing a colonial rebellion without starting an all-out war . . . George Washington, the dashing Virginian whose battle experience in the French and Indian War brings him the recognition that elevates him to command of a colonial army . . . and many other immortal names from the Founding Family of the colonial struggle—Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Warren, Samuel Adams, Richard Henry Lee— captured as never before in their full flesh-and-blood humanity.
What I Thought…
I’ve always loved American History, especially the Revolutionary War time, so this book has been on my TBR pile for awhile now. Despite the fact that I own the book I decided to pick up the audiobook at the library to listen to while I work. The audio book is read by Victor Garber and he was great. He did a great job with the character voices, including British and American accents. My only complaint about the audio book was that it was the abridged version! Apparently the unabridged version is really hard to find (even amazon didn’t have it). So now I am going to have to read the book to get the parts I missed.
I enjoyed this book much more than my failed attempt to read 1776 by David G McCullough back in high school. This book was history as a story, which made it even better than the facts I learned in school. There were times where I really felt that I was right there, witnessing what happened (especially the Boston Tea Party). It had all your major revolutionary events with some personal touches by the characters as well. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel, The Glorious Cause.