The second of Roberts's epic novels of the American Revolution, Rabble in Arms was hailed by one critic as the greatest historical novel written about America upon its publication in 1933. Love, treachery, ambition, and idealism motivate an unforgettable cast of characters in a magnificent novel renowned not only for the beauty and horror of its ...Read MoreThe second of Roberts's epic novels of the American Revolution, Rabble in Arms was hailed by one critic as the greatest historical novel written about America upon its publication in 1933. Love, treachery, ambition, and idealism motivate an unforgettable cast of characters in a magnificent novel renowned not only for the beauty and horror of its story but also for its historical accuracy.Read Less
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
8 Illus. by ESTA COSGRAVE. Good. No dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. Kenneth Roberts Reader of the American Revolution, 2. Audience: Children/juvenile. 1947 EDITION of this publisher with the FIRST 8 ILLUS. ATTACHED TO THIS TITLE BY ESTA COSRAVE. This 1947 edition is the first of the Illus. books. A forest green full cloth cover and black /gold title area on spine. Lots of perks on this 2nd edition. Map endpapers include Theatre of Opoerations of Northern Army 1775-1776-1777. 1947 on title page. 8 illus. of portraits in all accounted for by inspection. There is a very light rubbing on the back, no real damage but noted. Note: Even if the title page stated Doubleday, the phys ical spine of this book states Literary Guild.
My headline may sound either confusing or redundant; it's not.
Rabble In Arms is a classic novel, not about the Classical Age, but about the American Revolution. It comes out of that great period of American historical fiction - the 1930's and 40's - when such works were seriously researched and seriously intended.
The great thing about Rabble In Arms is that it is also a story well-told. There are Machiavellian plots and sub-plots, action sequences galore (several full-scale battles, by land and lake), full-blown romance(s) and plenty of humor, some of it wonderfully cantankerous.
The book is the second in Robert's series about the people of Arundel, in Maine (a real town; it's now called Kennebunkport) and how they lived through the formative years of the United States of America. Although it's not absolutely necessary - Rabble In Arms - stands well enough on its own - it would be good to read the first in the series, which is simply titled Arundel...first.
If you are interested in the American Revolution and you haven't read this book...you should do so as soon as possible. It contains a lot of things you need to know, and you can have a great time learning them.
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