Written in the style of popular modern historical narratives, The American Revolution presents a complete and historically sound account of the American war for independence. Relive the heart-stopping epic of America’s birth as historian John Fiske examines every detail of the revolutionary era, including the pre-war boiling points, the Stamp Act of 1765, the Boston Massacre of 1770, the Tea Act of 1773, and the Coercive Act of 1774. Fiske explains how Washington orchestrated the war, survived the winter in Valley Forge, escaped New York, and ultimately led a patchwork Continental Army to victory. He traces the politics of the war, vividly displays the personalities of America’s leaders, and documents how charismatic American diplomats secured French support in the struggle against England.
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John Fiske (1842–1901), born Edmund Fiske Green, was an American philosopher, historian, and Harvard professor. Fiske dedicated most of his time to history, and lectured annually on American history at Washington University in St. Louis, in Great Britain at University College London, and at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. He is the author of many books on U.S. history, including The Critical Period of American History, 1783–89, Civil Government of the United States, and The Discovery of America.