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The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America

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In this brilliant reexamination of the swirl of ideology, grievance, outrage, and hope that animated the revolutionary decades, Nash demonstrates ... Show synopsis

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A book that is given the wrong title

by Thortveitite on Mar 12, 2009

I read "The Unknown American Revolution" by Gary B. Nash. The book is given the wrong name. It should have been titled "Behind the Scenes of the American Revolution." Since Nash is a history priofessor at UCLA I have no doubt that he knows the subject, but it does not help the book. The time period from 1763 to 1800 is a fascinating and complicated one, probably much more compicated than many others in the past. Most of what I've learned about the American Revolution was obtained from books, and to date (2009) I've read at least six with more to go. I CANNOT RECOMMEND THE NASH BOOK AS THE FIRST ONE TO READ. Nash does not devote enough text to activities of important people (Washington, Adams, Franklin, Robert Morris, etc.), nor to important political events (writing of the Declaration of Independence, problems that the Continental Congress had, etc), or military problems (various battles, American and British strategies.) Nash writes about the problems that ordinary citizens had in gaining representation in Colonial legislatures, and problems that Blacks, Women and Indians had. Events in his book are not covered in detail in other books and that makes Nash's book useful. But it should be read AFTER other books. Nash also separates his various chapters by years, but he does not stick to the events that happend in those years and includes events of prior years in the chapters. He also jumps around within the chapters from locality to locality and from subject to subject. It makes for complications in reading. The book by Middlekauf is a good beginning on the subject. Those by Fehrling and Ellis are excellent. Gordon Wood's books also provide good background. There qre also many other books to read. The time period is fascinating, and can be enjoyed. There is much mythology about the founding of this country. Reading about the subject will provide the true facts.

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