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Revolutionary roads : searching for the war that made America independent... and all the places it could have gone terribly wrong

Summary: "Revolutionary Roads takes readers on a time-traveling adventure through the crucial places American independence was won and might have been lost. You'll ride shotgun with Bob Thompson as he puts more than 20,000 miles on his car, not to mention his legs; walks history-shaping battlefields from Georgia to Quebec; and hangs out with passionate lovers of revolutionary history whose vivid storytelling and deep knowledge of their subject enrich his own. Braiding these elements together into a wonderfully entertaining whole - and with a reporter's abiding concern for getting the story straight - he has written an American Revolution book like no other. The Revolutionary War is one of the greatest stories in all history, an eight-year epic filled with self-sacrificing heroes, self-interested villains, and, more interestingly, all the shades of complex humanity in between. It boasts large-scale gambles that sometimes paid off but usually didn't, as well as countless tiny, fraught tipping points like a misunderstood order in a South Carolina cow pasture that could have altered the course of the war. The drama is magnified when you consider what was at stake: the fate of a social and political experiment that would transform the world. Yet we don't know this story as well as we should, or how easily the ending could have changed"--

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  • ISBN: 9781455565153
  • ISBN: 1455565156
  • Physical Description: print
    viii, 436 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 413-419) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction : "something different is going to happen" -- "You'll have noise enough before too long" -- The grassy knoll of the revolution -- "A middle finger raised to the powers that be" -- "The difference between life and a frozen death" -- "Are you here for the Knox marker?" -- Toward the gap in that Brooklyn ridge -- Where the hell was Charles Lee? -- The battle of the rusty pole -- "It was one afternoon in August-but it made a difference -- "The accidental battle that won the revolution" -- "We didn't mean you, Mr. Marquis!" -- The continental army does the wave -- "Which side would you join?" -- The British were coming-again -- The drunken bash that saved the revolution -- Down the Benedict Arnold escape path -- Over the mountains, kings of the hill -- "A sweeping guerrilla war of movement" -- "Across the river, just in time" -- The midnight ride of Jack Jouett -- A battle you could hear but couldn't see -- "Little short of a standing miracle".
Subject: United States History Revolution, 1775-1783 Battlefields
United States History Revolution, 1775-1783 Monuments
United States Description and travel
Thompson, Bob 1950 August 28- Travel United States
Genre: History.

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