This is another in a series of books by Joseph J. Ellis about the people and events occurring around the time of the Revolutionary War. In this one, he takes a small snippet of time to detail the events that occurred during the summer of 1776.
The cast of characters, of whom he has written about many, includes from the American side John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Dickinson, John Hancock, Nathaniel Greene, Charles Lee and Horatio Gates. From the British it includes Richard and William Howe, George III, Henry Clinton and Charles Cornwallis.
He describes a Continental Congress that was long on sweeping statements, but short on supplying what was truly needed by the Continental Army at that time. He also clearly outlines the internal conflicts that Washington dealt with in trying to defend the indefensible – the city of New York. As it turns out, his greatest assistance in escaping from a situation that could have quickly lead to the death of the revolution was the Howe brothers desire to have a negotiated settlement instead of a military victory that would have left a number of unresolved issues.
While I did not find much in the way of new information in this book, I did enjoy the way that the author related the events that transpired from May to September. He does a masterful job of relaying the politics, individual characteristics and relationships of that time.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the early history of our country and the events that helped to form our nation.
- Review of “Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence” by Joseph J. Ellis (rhapsodyinbooks.wordpress.com)
- REVOLUTIONARY SUMMER – The Birth of American Independence By Joseph J. Ellis (politibooks.wordpress.com)