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  • ISBN: 0671523759
  • Category: History
  • Author: A. J. Langguth
  • Subcategory: Americas
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (February 1, 1988)
  • Pages: 637 pages
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  • Rating: 4.6
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J. Langguth (1933–2014) was the author of eight books of nonfiction and three novels

J. Langguth (1933–2014) was the author of eight books of nonfiction and three novels. After Lincoln marks his fourth book in a series that began in 1988 with Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution. He served as a Saigon bureau chief for the New York Times, after covering the Civil Rights movement for the newspaper. These are the Patriots who first inspired the men who made the eventual movement happen; those "first forefathers" that put their necks squarely within range of the noose and told the devil to take the hindmost.

Langguth's Patriots was published in 1989, and I've had it on my bookshelf almost that long (not really, but it's been at least five years). The great thing about history is that it really doesn't change much and a well-written popular history, barring new scholarship, is still going to be interesting 20 or 50 or 100 years after publishing.

Patriots, The Men Who Started the American Revolution (Simon & Schuster, 1988); Touchstone Press . a b Arthur John Langguth Archived January 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, 1976, at g. rg/fellows.

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Langguth, A. J. Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution. Rebels and Redcoats: The American Revolution through the Eyes of Those Who Fought and Lived It. New York: Simon & Schuster (Touchstone), 1988. ISBN 978-0-671-67562-2. Cleveland, Ohio: World Publishing, 1957. New York: Da Capo, 1987.

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Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution by . The book is noted for being a balanced, fair portrayal of the revolution

Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution by . Published in 1989, this book explores the entire span of the American Revolution by following the major political figures involved in the revolution. The book is noted for being a balanced, fair portrayal of the revolution.

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I bought "The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire" by Edward Gibbon and "Patriots The Men Who Started The American Revolution" by A. Langguth because they were "important" books and because I thought that while they wouldn't necessarily be "good reads" they would be "good for m. Both books languished on the book shelf awaiting a long trip, a bout with the flu or some other occasion when time would weight heavily o. .You Are The History Man. Don't wait or make excuses. Get it right now and get ready to completely enjoy history that reads better then fiction.

Langguth covered the war in Vietnam for "The New York Times" & served as its Saigon Bureau Chief in 1965, returning again for the paper in 1968 & 1970.

Часто встречающиеся слова и выражения. Langguth covered the war in Vietnam for "The New York Times" & served as its Saigon Bureau Chief in 1965, returning again for the paper in 1968 & 1970. A professor of journalism in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, Jack is also the author of eight previous books, including "Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution. He lives in Los Angeles, California. Langguth taught for three decades at the University of Southern California and retired in 2003 as emeritus professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Библиографические данные.

A narrative history of the figures and drama of the American Revolution offers portraits of George Washington, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry
Reviews about Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution (7):
This book is the best I have ever read about the making of America. Reads like a good novel. So good that I bought another for a friend. It illuminates many facts that I never knew about the beginning of our country.
Read it. You will love it.
This is a well written book that held my interest throughout. Like a good novel, it tells a story that kept me turning to the next pages to find out "what happened." The story, in this case, involves the events that led up to the American Revolution, starting with James Otis's opposition to the writs of assistance in 1761 and ending with George Washington's farewell to his troops in 1783.
In between, A. J. Langguth (a professor of journalism, who wrote Our Vietnam) generally does a masterful job of telling us about the dynamic, brave, sometimes vain, and often brilliant leaders (most notably, Samuel and John Adams, John Hancock, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Joseph Warren, and Benjamin Franklin), who rebelled against the mother country. And there are also the not so great, who made terrible mistakes on the battlefield (Charles Lee) or switched to the other side (Benedict Arnold).
Langguth also does a very good job in describing the key battles of the war, and the strategy of both sides. The details provided are excellent: The Minute Men and their duck-hunting rifles, picking off British troops withdrawing from Concord; John Stark's men hiding behind hay and stones to stop William Howe's flanking manuever at Breed's Hill; Washington's nine-hour crossing of the Delaware River, ending at 3 AM and his defeat of the Hessians at Trenton when the enemy commander did not bother to read a note of warning from a loyalist; Horatio Gates's victory at Saratoga, when British forces led by John Burgoyne were trapped and attacked from three sides; von Steuben ordering the American soldiers to place kitchens and latrines at opposite sides of their camps; Washington begging his troops to stay for six more weeks for ten dollars in hard money in the winter of 1776; sentries at Valley Forge standing barefoot inside their hats in December 1777.
This book not only fascinated me by providing such details, but also answered a lot of the questions I had about the war for independence, and what led up to it: What was the Stamp Act? How did groups of farmers and tradesmen defeat the British Empire? What tactics did Washington and his generals employ to defeat tens of thousands of British and Hessian troops? What role did the French play? What exactly did Sam Adams and others do to move us towards independence? How many people were loyalists and what part did they play in the events? This book answered all of these questions, and more. The only real problem I had with the book was that the fighting in the South was not covered adequately, I believe, along with leaders like Francis Marion and Thomas Sumter.
The heroes are heroic (especially Washington), and deservedly so, but we also read about their less-than-admirable qualities. There is also the factor of the mistakes made by opponents. The author does not devote much attention to social, economic, racial, and legal trends and effects. That is not his purpose. A good, little book to read on these matters is The American Revolution: A History by Gordon S. Wood.
Patriots by A. J. Langguth is an excellent, journalistic account (mainly chronological) of this period in American history. I am recommending it because it brings the leaders and events that founded our country to life, in a clear and interesting way.
** "Who will write of our Revolution? Who "can" write of it?" (John Adams to Thomas Jefferson)

** (Thomas Jefferson reply to John Adams) "No one. Nothing will truly be known of the Revolution for posterity - merely the External Facts...."

I confess I harbor an obsession for "those External Facts" regarding early America and the Revolution in particular. The Revolution was one thing, but the catalyst for it was quite another and began to form well over a decade earlier. This book starts with focus on the men of "Pre-Revolution", rather than starting off with the event itself, and progresses on through to the unbelievable, against all odds - victory at Yorktown. These are the Patriots who first inspired the men who made the eventual movement happen; those "first forefathers" that put their necks squarely within range of the noose and told the devil to take the hindmost. It is an excellent accounting, and the first heading deals with the contribution of James Otis, and rightly so - the Boston British Attorney in about-face - who gave the four hour blistering condemnation of the "writs of assistance" at Faneuil Hall simultaneously coining the phrase "A man's home is his Castle" - while pointedly taking aim at the safety of the abode of the Monarchy; speaking out against the Sugar and Stamp Act while coining another oft-repeated rebel phrase, "Taxation without Representation is tyranny". The involvement and brilliance of this man is a story twofold; one of triumph and tragedy - suffering from a form of progressive mental illness which undoubtedly could be mastered today with modern medical treatment, thus making his iconoclastic stance even more noteworthy. Before he succumbed, he managed to overwhelm the adversaries of Colonial freedom with his commitment, articulate wit and pen-flow of radical ideas. His four hour courtroom drama in Faneuil Hall that day roused the interest of John Adams, who was in the audience and remarked later that "The Child of Liberty was Born that Day" - and that birth soon became " the brainchild" of the best and brightest minds in America, miraculously all gathered together in the same time frame. It takes reading of many different historians to gather all of the enormity of what actually happened through each of them.

Otis and Sam Adams became a formidable force to reckon with, and I can only imagine the headaches they caused poor Governor Thomas Hutchinson as he tried to manage them from within his own job description. Hutchinson, the British Colonial Governor, found himself in a no-win situation and probably suspected it early on (he wasn't a fan of the taxation attempted upon the colonists) but with nowhere to go unless he too wanted to join the revolutionists, and it appears he didn't have the courage to do that, although that is my own private opinion. Andrew Oliver, his brother-in-law-in-nepotism, the tax master with the unenviable job of collecting that Stamp Tax, did have a remarkably well-stocked wine cellar, though, that the Sons of Liberty partook of rather heavily when they trashed his house in mob violence, during the outrage over the Stamp Act, when feelings were running too high to be controlled. Which of course, may not be one of the most admirable ways to show displeasure with the powers that be, but those were turbulent times, with no sympathetic ear from the Mother Country regarding the tax upon tax assessed on the people. This was something that John Adams, T. Jefferson et all wished to correct with a newly written slate of proper, amended protective Laws of the Land, assuring freedom and justice for all. Mob violence was the "grapes of wrath" to use another coined expression, of a people long dominated by unbending monarchy over their beliefs, religions, homes and businesses. However, admirable or not, it was certainly not much different from what the British proposed to subject the colonists to with their nefarious "writs of assistance" search and seizure warrants that were so broad based they needed no subject, nor expiration date to be official. Once issued, they were "standing orders" to be used with or without discretion.

John Hancock, the bright young orphan taken in by kin who made his fortune not only on the surface as a sea merchant, but in the dark as a smuggler, preferring "a la Rhett Butler" to make it swiftly rather than spend his life doing it; Paul Revere and many more, both patriot and British Loyalists - this outstanding accounting delves deep into it, personalities and all, reminding me once again that reading a new book with a fresh take about a beloved subject absorbed before many times - can still add important meaning and insight from another historian's perspective.

Patrick Henry is profiled from his inauspicious start as a scholar, past the place where his genius took him where he wanted to go, bereft benefit of the perks of a grand legal education that the others had. The Constitution, he felt, standing alone, could be torn asunder by successive power mongers, but the Bill of Rights Amendments added later, supports and spells out individual rights, and we can be thankful for the likes of Patrick Henry, who "smelled a rat", and whose vocal opposition to it's ratification without a bill of rights amendments attached, probably saved us all, at least into this century.

And on page 458 is a painting by William b.t. Trego, of George Washington, mounted and ministering to his men at Valley Forge in winter; one of the most moving and beautiful I have seen - in my view even more inspiring than the one depicting the crossing of the Delaware, because of its stark realism. If one picture is worth a thousand words, this one is ten fold so.

Other American History titles I found excellent in the quest for up-dating and renewing my knowledge of nation:

** "Miracle at Philadelphia" by Catherine Drinker Bowen
** "Three men of Boston" by John r. galvin
** "The Adams-Jefferson Letters"
** "Paul Revere's Ride" by David Hackett Fischer
** "Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson (Library of America)
** "American Colonies" by Alan Taylor
** "The First American" (Franklin) by H.W. Brands (Library of America)
** "1776" by David McCullough
** "John Adams" by David McCullough
** "Defiance of the Patriots - the Boston Tea Party" - Benjamin L. Carp
** "American Speeches" Political Oratory (Library of America) Nothing boring between these pages - the bravest and brightest intellects of our nation were available and hard at work speaking the minds of the rest of us - so that we might understand ourselves.
I've read this three times. A great book for all true Americans who want to understand the events leading up to the Revolution.
Well written, instructive, inspiring. I feel like I know these men and the cause much better.
Good flow, not too text-bookie, with full development of not just what happened, but why it happened. Not just what an historic person did, but why. It certainly contributed to my understanding of the period.
Probably one of the best books I've read on the Revolution. It really gave a lot of information on the people, the times, and the war itself. One of the best features was the discussion of James Otis, who is way too often overlooked. The only problem with the book was its lack of focus on the Southern theater of the war...King's Mountain and Cowpens are barely mentioned! The book redeems itself with the description of Yorktown and the battle of the Capes. All in all, one of the best books out there on the War for Independence!
Excellent for adults and students alike.

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