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The Resource Igniting the American Revolution : 1773-1775, Derek W. Beck

Igniting the American Revolution : 1773-1775, Derek W. Beck

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Igniting the American Revolution : 1773-1775
Title
Igniting the American Revolution
Title remainder
1773-1775
Statement of responsibility
Derek W. Beck
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Spanning the years 1773-1775 and drawing on new material from meticulous research and previously unpublished documents, letters, and diaries, Igniting the American Revolution sweeps readers from the rumblings that led to the Boston Tea Party to the halls of Parliament-where Ben Franklin was almost run out of England for pleading on behalf of the colonies-to that fateful Expedition to Concord which resulted in the shot heard round the world. With exquisite detail and keen insight, Beck brings revolutionary America to life in all its enthusiastic and fiery patriotic fervor, painting a nuanced portrait of the perspectives, ambitions, people, and events on both the British and the American sides that eventually would lead to the convention in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776
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  • /* Starred Review */ The year 1776 is often celebrated as the beginning of the American Revolution, but there were cornerstone events that preceded the Declaration of Independence. In his debut monograph, historian Beck, a major in the U.S. Air Force, details events from the Boston Tea Party (1773) to the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga (1775) as ones that precipitated the Revolution. The author effectively takes readers to 18th-century Boston and London as events spiraled into a division between the colonies and the Crown. In this unbiased account, Beck sees that both sides had their faults and were reckless toward the opposition. Given the author's military background, he most effectively writes on the Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775). The only criticism is the large number of appendixes, not all of which appear to be necessary. This books pairs well with Walter Borneman's American Spring and David Hackett Fisher's Paul Revere's Ride . VERDICT Recommended for history lovers, those who want a refresher on the American Revolution, and those who enjoy quality nonfiction.— Jacob Sherman, John Peace Lib., Univ. of Texas at San Antonio --Jacob Sherman (Reviewed September 1, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 14, p116)
  • A descriptive account of the people (both rebel and loyalist) and events that propelled the great rupture with Britain. The period between the Boston Tea Party of December 1773 and the long siege of Boston in 1775 frames this finely delineated history of the buildup to revolution. Former Air Force officer and debut author Beck evidently relishes his subject, and he gives a fully fleshed portrait of the major patriots, both American and British. Dumping the tea in Boston Harbor was an act of destruction of private property, a notion no less sacred to the Americans than their liberty, and though many condemned the vandalism, the resistance to the tea duty had grown among the public as another instance of Parliament trying to "force-feed America a tax it had never consented to." Fearful of the mob mentality that seemed to be brewing, Gen. Thomas Gage recommended to King George III that regiments earmarked for New York to keep order in Boston would be sufficient to render the Americans docile: they were "Lyons, whilst we are lambs," he wrote. Little did he know the machinations already put in place by these "sly, artful, hypocritical rascalls [sic]," wrote Gen. Lord Percy of the rebels. Indeed, as Beck moves through the increasing lawlessness of the colonists, he points out the "ugly but very real side" to the American Revolution: "the American rebel seemed at times to take on the role of villain, turning the British into the victim." The author explores the top-down intelligence network of Gage versus the grass-roots organization of the rebels, each effective in its own way. Beck's description of the "spreading flames of rebellion" and the taking of the forts at Crown Point and Ticonderoga is as engaging as fiction. A knowledgeable, elegant account full of elaborate depictions, complete with a thorough bibliography.(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2015)
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Beck, Derek W
Dewey number
973.3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E210
LC item number
.B39 2015
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
1773-1775
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Igniting the American Revolution : 1773-1775, Derek W. Beck
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Ratcheting tensions (1773-1774). Dawn of an epoch ; Coercive measures ; An army from across the sea ; An unstable peace -- Taking up arms (January to mid-May 1775). A disquieting thaw ; Many preparations ; The die is cast ; The rending of an empire ; A countryside unleashed ; An emboldened people ; The spreading flames of rebellion
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 467 pages
Isbn
9781492613954
Lccn
2015016941
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 908448343
  • (OCoLC)908448343
Label
Igniting the American Revolution : 1773-1775, Derek W. Beck
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ratcheting tensions (1773-1774). Dawn of an epoch ; Coercive measures ; An army from across the sea ; An unstable peace -- Taking up arms (January to mid-May 1775). A disquieting thaw ; Many preparations ; The die is cast ; The rending of an empire ; A countryside unleashed ; An emboldened people ; The spreading flames of rebellion
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 467 pages
Isbn
9781492613954
Lccn
2015016941
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 908448343
  • (OCoLC)908448343

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