Military history

Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence

Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence

A Washington Post Notable Book
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

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 to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle. The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to make decisions on the run, improvising as history congealed around them.

In a brilliant and seamless narrative, Ellis meticulously examines the most influential figures in this propitious moment, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Britain’s Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe. He weaves together the political and military experiences as two sides of a single story, and shows how events on one front influenced outcomes on the other.


Chapter 1: Prudence Dictates

Chapter 2: Of Arms and Men

Chapter 3: Dogs That Did Not Bark

Chapter 4: Etc., Etc., Etc.

Chapter 5: After Virtue

Chapter 6: The Fog of War

Chapter 7: Hearts and Minds

Chapter 8: A Long War

Postscript: Necessary Fictions




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