American Leviathan
Patrick Griffin
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American Leviathan: Empire, Nation, and Revolutionary Frontier
Patrick Griffin
Hill and Wang
384 pages
April 2007
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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American Leviathan follows the course of the American Revolution and its aftermath, giving the reader a glimpse into the past of America’s inception.

Imagine what a long, strange trip it was for the settlers from being at the mercy of a monarchy that could and did order their heads chopped from their bodies to a being part of a self-sustaining, independent country.

The awful irony, of course, is that our predecessors fled English tyranny only to invade and steal the country of the native inhabitants. The ability of one downtrodden group to trample upon another and not see the villainy in that is astonishing but unfortunately quite common even today.

While American Leviathan is a brilliant record and even an exposition of the war that freed Americans, it is also disturbing to the point of sickening to realize that our great nation was indeed founded on racism, bigotry and hatred. Though hard to stomach, this is a story that cries out to be told. To be able to appreciate what we have today, we must see, accept and atone for the way our ancestors took it.

The pacing and verbiage is easy on the reader, and the attention to accurate historical detail is evident. With such vivid descriptions, readers feel as if they can see the action before them - and they will cringe accordingly.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Camden Alexander, 2007

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