The American Revolution: A History
Gordon S. Wood
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buy *The American Revolution: A History* online The American Revolution: A History
Gordon S. Wood
Modern Library
144 pages
January 2002
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Gordon Wood has been around a long time. A Professor of History at Brown University since the late 1960s, he's authored two previous books which accumulated their share of awards; one on the American Revolution even won the Pulitzer Prize. It is only fitting that such a distinguished gentlemen should write a book on the American Revolution for Random House’s Modern Library.

Curled Up With a Good BookThis book's small package  belies the wealth of knowledge it contains. Wood breaks down the events leading to the American Revolutionary War and explains the significance of each event, its causes and how it affects Americans today. It’s written in such a way that things make sense for even the most distant student. You don’t need a degree to read this book, but you do need a love of history; this book can be “deep” in places.

The American Revolution: A History is divided into seven parts: Origins, American Resistance, Revolution, Constitution-Making & War, Republicanism, Republican Society and The Federal Constitution. The book is evenly divided between pre- and postwar events, with the chapter about the war itself falling square in the middle.

Intelligent writing and easy flow make this an enjoyable read. It almost reads like a novel but never quite loses its academic feel. Wood is an excellent writer, easily persuading the reader of his conclusions. Simple, concise writing and a treasure trove of knowledge makes this little gem one to keep for both novice and learned history buffs.

© 2002 by Kim Lightfoot for Curled Up With a Good Book

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