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Monday, September 30, 2013

Mailbox Monday #153


It feels like it was just recently that I did a Mailbox Monday (it was just 2 posts ago!).  I had all these grand intentions of posting last week that just fell apart with my midterm essay exam for school.  But I did get one additional book this week.


  • 1775: A Good Year for Revolution by Kevin Phillips (paperback received from publisher for review).  I have had an interest in this book since it was initially released.  The American Revolution is one of my favorite periods to read about.  My favorite bookstore, RJ Julia, was hosting an event with the author that I was intending on going to, but plans fell through and I didn’t end up making it.  So, when this was offered to me, I jumped at it.

Here is the book blurb for this non-fiction:

“In 1775, iconoclastic historian and bestselling author Kevin Phillips punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution. He suggests that the great events and confrontations of 1775—Congress’s belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain, New England’srage militaire, the exodus of British troops and expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and hundreds of local  committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands­—achieved a  sweeping Patriot control of territory and local government that Britain was never able to overcome.  These each added to the Revolution’s essential momentum so when the British finally attacked in great strength the following year, they could not regain the control they had lost in 1775.

Analyzing the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations, as well as the roles of ethnicity, religion, and class, Phillips tackles the eighteenth century with the same skill and insights he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics.  The result is a dramatic narrative brimming with original insights. 1775 revolutionizes our understanding of America’s origins.”

That’s it for me, what about you?

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