Synopses & Reviews
Angel in the Whirlwind
is the epic tale of the American Revolution, from its roots among tax-weary colonists to the triumphant Declaration of Independence and eventual victory and liberty, recounted by Benson Bobrick, lauded by The New York Times
as “perhaps the most interesting historian writing in America today.” Overwhelmed with debt following its victory in the French and Indian Wars, England began imposing harsh new tariffs and taxes on its colonists in the 1760s. Rebellion against these measures soon erupted into war. Bobrick thrillingly describes all the major battles, from Lexington and Concord to the dramatic siege of Yorktown, when the British flag was finally lowered before patriot guns. At the same time he weaves together social and political history along with the military history, bringing to life not only the charismatic leaders of the independence movement, but also their lesser-known compatriots, both patriot and loyalist, English and American, whose voices vividly convey the urgency of war.
Illuminated by fresh insight, Angel in the Whirlwind is a dramatic narrative of our nation’s birth, in all its passion and glory.
Douglas Brinkley Director of The Eisenhower Center for American Studies, University of New Orleans "Benson Bobrick's Angel in the Whirlwind is a triumphant history of the American Revolution, written with lucidity and analytical savvy. It now stands as the most accessible single-volume narrative of the American Revolution available. A must read!"
"The Revolution is full of amazing characters and stories. . . . What it has needed is a storyteller fit to get it between two covers. Now it has found one."
—The New York Times Book Review
“A splendid retelling of a remarkable story.”
—The Atlantic Monthly
Angel in the Whirlwind is a dramatic narrative of the American Revolution illuminated by fresh insight by noted historian Benson Bobrick.
About the Author
Benson Bobrick earned his doctorate from Columbia University and is the author of several critically acclaimed works, including Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired and Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution. In 2002 he received the Literature Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He and his wife, Hilary, live in Vermont.