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Setting the World Ablaze

Setting the World Ablaze

Washington, Jefferson, and the American Revolution

by John Ferling
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/04/2002
  $44.52
Setting the World Ablaze is the story of the American Revolution and of the three Founders who played crucial roles in winning the War of Independence and creating a new nation: George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Braiding three strands into one rich narrative, John Ferling brings these American icons down from their pedestals to show them as men of flesh and blood, and in doing so gives us a new understanding of the passion and uncertainty
of the struggle to form a new nation. A leading historian of the Revolutionary era, Ferling draws upon an unsurpassed command of the primary sources and a talent for swiftly moving narrative
to give us intimate views of each of these men. He shows us both the overarching historical picture of the era and a gripping sense of how these men encountered the challenges that faced them. We see Washington, containing a profound anger at British injustice within an austere demeanor; Adams, far from home, struggling with severe illness and French duplicity in his crucial negotiations in Paris; and Jefferson, distracted and indecisive, confronting uncertainties about his future in politics.
John Adams, in particular, emerges from the narrative as the most under-appreciated hero of the Revolution, while Jefferson is revealed as the most overrated, yet most eloquent, of the Founders.
Setting the World Ablaze shows in dramatic detail how these conservative men--successful members of the colonial elite--were transformed into radical revolutionaries.
ISBN:
9780195150841
9780195150841
Category:
Political leaders & leadership
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-04-2002
Language:
English
Publisher:
Oxford University Press Inc
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
422
Dimensions (mm):
235x155x30mm
Weight:
0.6kg

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