Why did 13 colonies believe they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? And how did they eventually manage such an impressive feat? Get the real story on the battle for American independence with Professor Guelzo's 24 gripping lectures.
With a focus on the war's strategy, military tactics, logistics, and most fascinating people, these lectures are a must own for anyone curious about the origins of the greatest nation in modern history. Told from the perspective of both sides in an intense, almost novelistic style that recreates the experience of the war's key battles and decisions, the lectures introduce you to an array of vivid personalities, including George Washington, Lord George Sackville-Germaine, Henry Knox, Sir William Howe, and Thomas Paine.
Professor Guelzo's approach gives the forces at work in the palace and in Parliament equal weight with those in play at the Continental Congress and among George Washington's inner circle. It's a perspective that reveals the very different ways in which the two nations saw both their economic relationship and the philosophical underpinnings of a government's relationship to its citizens. You'll learn what it was like to serve on either side of the conflict, how those sides were trained, and about the terrors of the battlefield. Rich in dramatic moments like this, these lectures offer a fresh appraisal of this seminal event in American history, offering the diverging views of two sides whose common heritage had yielded two very different outlooks.
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"A good military history of the American Revolution"
This book focused on the military, rather than philosophical or political, nature of the revolution. It still touched on some of those aspects, and examined a little bit of the personalities involved.
"Well worth it, quirky prof"
This is an excellent course for someone that is looking for a good understanding of the key events and people from all sides of the American Revolution. I left with a good understanding of how close things were to turning out differently and the reasons why the Americans were able to triumph (or perhaps why the British failed to capitalize on their opportunities). Although not a detractor, the professor sometimes was overly fixated on the superfluous detail of reciting every regiment number participating in a particular battle. This was less informative and seemed more like a professor showing off. He also pronounces common words in a conspicuously strange manner that can be distracting (for example "ruh-cess instead of "recess")
"Lots of less common information"
I think I enjoyed this mostly because it focused on a lot of the aspects that seem to get glossed over in many accounts of the Revolution. Too many focus on the politicians and the philosophies and ignore the people who actually fought it. It also does a good job of covering the British (and French) side of the fighting and not just the American side.
The chapters are well broken down to keep topics grouped together as well.
"What every American should listen to."
This series of lectures is an excellent over view of the American Revolution and its various counter parts. Professor Allen is a fantastic orator and brings and exhilarating interest and life to his lectures. I have thoroughly enjoined every minute of these lectures and would recommend both this book and audible to anyone.
"Another Great Courses Program"
It does a great job listing and recalling characters as it goes. It goes back and forth between battles, strategy and diplomacy. At the end I had a great picture of the entire conflict.
This is the best lecturer I have found in the Great Courses series. He makes battles come alive, and I am not usually interested in military history!It is about the military movements of the Americans and the British, but there is a bit of political and personal history involved to give it some flavor. I found it to have good details, but it is like any freshmen course; it glosses over a great deal, and it ignores much of the sticky issues. But, if you don't know much about the war (other then what you got in high school which in itself was very wrong) this is a good start.
Although I love the topic, the professor's tone and tempo eventually drove me so crazy that I couldn't finish the lectures. He would speed up and then slow down constantly and in ways that didn't necessarily make sense to me. More disturbing and perplexing was his tone, which managed somehow to be consistently condescending! Finally, he included details which were really distracting, such as always listing the many and various numbers of the brigades. Who cares?
"Great information and great performance!"
I really like how they lay out the lessons by importance and relevance so as to make their point without getting bogged down in the vast amount of information. The instructor/narrator does a really good job of communicating without droning on. Overall a great lesson.
I love the Great Courses series.
"Excellent Lecturer... Entertaining!!!"
The lecturer did an excellent job in narrating a very interesting subject. I can't wait to re-listen in a few years!!
"Narrative American history delivered with flair."
What a great narrator and what an amazing story; Prof. Guelzo is a treat to listen to. This is NOT dry history. This is narrative history told by an expert with a passion for his subject and an appropriate amount of humor to help keep us engaged. I went off on occasion to find a map to stay abreast of the details: Ticonderoga, Cowpens, Paoli. Prof. Guelzo introduces us to many of the players in this high drama: Washington, Lord Cornwallis, the brothers Howe, Nathaniel Greene, Alexander Hamilton, Guy Carelton, Banastre Tarleton, Daniel Morgan and many others. We hear in many instances about their motivations, about the why as well as the what. All-in-all this is a well-constructed overview of the birth of a remarkable experiment in liberty delivered with flair. If you like history you will enjoy this book.
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