Tuesday, February 26, 2013

1775: A Good Year for Revolution

Cousins. The current trend in hefty books about periods in history is to title the book with a specific year. Kevin Phillips has joined that trend with his book 1775: A Good Year for Revolution. He uses what he calls a “long year” from late 1774 to early 1776 to show that this was the real period of revolution, despite our celebration of 1776 as the beginning of the American Revolution. Phillips’ interest in the English Civil Warsfrom his book, The Cousins Wars, carries forward in the latest book as he describes how the divisions in England crossed the Atlantic to the New World. In some respects, the American Revolution was a civil war. This book will appeal to those history buffs who are patient with lengthy exposition and enjoy an abundance of tidbits and details. I enjoyed reading it, and learned a thing or two about the context of events I thought I already knew. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase 1775 from amazon.com.

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