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Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America's Founding Fathers

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The ideals of freedom and individual rights that inspired America's Founding Fathers did not spring from a vacuum. Along with many other defining principles of our national character, they can be traced directly back to one of the most pivotal events in British history--the late-seventeenth-century uprising known as the Glorious Revolution.

In a work of popular history that stands with recent favorites such as David McCullough's 1776 and Joseph J. Ellis's Founding Brothers, Michael Barone brings the story of this unlikely and largely bloodless revolt to American readers and reveals that, without the Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution may never have happened.

Unfolding in 1688-1689, Britain's Glorious Revolution resulted in the hallmarks of representative government, guaranteed liberties, the foundations of global capitalism, and a foreign policy of opposing aggressive foreign powers. But as Barone shows, there was nothing inevitable about the Glorious Revolution. It sprang from the character of the English people and depended on the talents, audacity, and good luck of two men: William of Orange (later William III of England), who launched history's last successful cross-channel inva sion, and John Churchill, an ancestor of Winston, who commanded the forces of the deposed James II but crossed over to support William one fateful November night.

The story of the Glorious Revolution is a rich and riveting saga of palace intrigue, loyalty and shocking betrayal, and bold political and military strategizing. With narrative drive, a sure command of historical events, and unforgettable portraits of kings, queens, soldiers, parliamentarians, and a large cast of full-bloodedcharacters, Barone takes an episode that has fallen into unjustified obscurity and restores it to the prominence it deserves. Especially now, as we face enemies who wish to rid the world of the lasting legacies of the Glorious Revolution--democracy, individual rights, and capitalism among them--it is vitally important that we understand the origins of these blessings.

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In a work of popular history that stands with recent favorites such as David McCullough's "1776" and Joseph J. Ellis's "Founding Brothers," Barone presents the story of the Glorious Revolution and reveals that, without this revolt, the American Revolution may never have happened.

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In this exciting work of popular history, Michael Barone brings the story of the Glorious Revolution-an unlikely late-seventeenth-century British uprising-to American readers and reveals that, without it, the American Revolution may never have happened. With a strong narrative drive and unforgettable portraits of kings, queens, and soldiers, Barone takes an episode that has fallen into unjustified obscurity and restores it to the prominence it deserves.

About the Author

MICHAEL BARONE is a senior writer with U.S. News & World Report and a contributor to Fox News Channel. He is the principal coauthor of the biannual Almanac of American Politics and the author of Our Country, The New Americans, and Hard America, Soft America.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400097937
Author:
Barone, Michael
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
Great Britain History 1660-1714.
Subject:
Great Britain History Revolution of 1688.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-England General
Subject:
Great britain
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.00x5.20x.78 in. .57 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In a work of popular history that stands with recent favorites such as David McCullough's "1776" and Joseph J. Ellis's "Founding Brothers," Barone presents the story of the Glorious Revolution and reveals that, without this revolt, the American Revolution may never have happened.
"Synopsis" by , In this exciting work of popular history, Michael Barone brings the story of the Glorious Revolution-an unlikely late-seventeenth-century British uprising-to American readers and reveals that, without it, the American Revolution may never have happened. With a strong narrative drive and unforgettable portraits of kings, queens, and soldiers, Barone takes an episode that has fallen into unjustified obscurity and restores it to the prominence it deserves.
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