Redcoats and Rebels: The War for America 1770-1781 (The Folio Society)

Redcoats and Rebels The War for America The Folio Society The story of the American revolution from the Boston Tea Party to Cornwallis s surrender at Yorktown is often celebrated as the triumph of heroic American patriots over tyrannical imperialists Yet

  • Title: Redcoats and Rebels: The War for America 1770-1781 (The Folio Society)
  • Author: Christopher Hibbert
  • ISBN: 9781400661039
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The story of the American revolution, from the Boston Tea Party to Cornwallis s surrender at Yorktown, is often celebrated as the triumph of heroic American patriots over tyrannical imperialists Yet, as this gripping and detailed account reveals, it hardly seemed like that to those who lived through it Many English radicals supported the American cause, while many AmericThe story of the American revolution, from the Boston Tea Party to Cornwallis s surrender at Yorktown, is often celebrated as the triumph of heroic American patriots over tyrannical imperialists Yet, as this gripping and detailed account reveals, it hardly seemed like that to those who lived through it Many English radicals supported the American cause, while many Americans wanted to remain under British rule Others kept changing sides, quite happy, as one captain reported, to swallow the Oaths of Allegiance to the King and Congress alternately with as much ease as your Lordship does poached Eggs Christopher Hibbert has been described as perhaps the most gifted popular historian we have Times Educational Supplement Here, drawing largely on British and loyalist sources, many of them hitherto unused by historians, he has created a powerful new narrative of the war that raged the length of the continent Leading figures like John Adams, Lord North, Thomas Paine and William Pitt are sharply characterised and the politics and personalities of George III s court come to life as we learn not only how George Washington and his colonists won the war, but also how the British lost it Battles, marches and the horrible realities of warfare are vividly realised recruitment posters encouraged unemployed young men to nick in and enlist , so they might be admired by the fair and get switched to a buxom widow Yet it was they who bore the brunt of the cruel, accursed war, and it is from their perspective, and in their own words, that Hibbert tells his historic story 400 Pages Frontispiece and 24 pages of color plates Size 10 x 6.

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    1. I always thought that history depended on who was telling the story at the end of the day. Turns out I was right on. Imagine yourself as a citizen of London, anxious to hear the latest news from The Colonies. It won't be immediate, you know that. The swiftest passage of the Atlantic is four or five weeks, and a more usual time is two months. By the time you receive your news, it is already at least six weeks out of date. So imagine the frustration of His Majesty's Government, trying to make poli [...]

    2. Themes: war, American Revolution, liberty, politics, biography, geographySetting: the new United States of America, 1770s-1780s, Canada, and EnglandSo we've all heard the story about how the patriots wanted freedom from the oppression of that evil King George and how they rose up, demanded their rights, and made the world safe for democracy, right? Not surprisingly, the story is not quite that simple, and this book presents the whole war from the British point of view. We get a good look at what [...]

    3. .The seasoned bard of the Ancien RĂ©gime follows the American revolution through British eyes. Not every edition's title states this plainly, a publisher's strategy that was later repeated for A Few Bloody Noses: The American War of Independence. Luckily, there is no inherent revisionism here. Contrary to Harvey, Hibbert takes us to the other side of Bunker Hill to provide the novice with a solid framework for further reading. This book cannot equally accommodate within 350 pages the more famili [...]

    4. I feel this book is both good and pleasant to read. I know something of the subject, but I'm certainly no authority, so I was occasionally surprised by turns of events. This account views the American War from the British perspective, which is what the title on says, but oddly my copy does not. Anyway, the book gives a picture of British divisions, lack of governmental focus (hampered by the distance, the multitude of concerns facing it and chronic shortage of resources and troops) and American [...]

    5. In some ways I am being too kind. Hibbert makes some errors in his mastery of facts. The Americans barely make an appearance in the narrative although when they do it is oddly detailed. His powers of analysis are limited and his conjecture at the book's end is interesting but not developed. Yet he does a good job of showing the command paralysis and errors that led to Britain's defeat. His judgement of character is shrewd, for he sees the good and bad in each man. I think he is too kind to Cornw [...]

    6. The most annoying thing i can say about the author is that he tends to describe everything the Americans did militarily as being foreseen by the British Generals. He also wades over a number of American victories with barely a mention. Granted some of these "victories" can be overall viewed as insignificant or militarily unimportant. An example i can give is early in the war with the siege of Boston. While in the grand scheme of the war it was a small victory for the Americans, the author skims [...]

    7. This is a great book for fans of history and especially those who are intrigued by different points of view on historical events. Some aspects of the war are only treated differently in subtle ways, but there are several events recorded by the British that I had never heard about before. This was the first time I learned that Paul Revere was apparently captured by the British during his famous run only to escape when a small band of Americans attacked, for example. The experiences of loyalists a [...]

    8. not being the life-long scholar of the revolution that some of the reviewers are, i really enjoyed the book. I found it to be rather informative on the "tory" side of the war. I am a product of the 50's and we were given a whitewashed account of this period(which i still prefer to the "hang your head in shame" teachings in todays super liberal education system). I would never have thought there was as widespread support of the Crown as there apparantly was, or that our Military was as inept as i [...]

    9. A readable general history of the war from the British perspective, although it ultimately ends up covering both sides more or less equally.Hibbert emphasizes the difficulties faced by the British, and how they dealt with infighting among military commanders, the challenge of raising troops for an unpopular war in a distant colony, communications problems, and the difficulties in rallying loyalists to the cause. Hibbert has little sympathy for his subjects, except maybe Cornwallis. He also does [...]

    10. Great reading and a different perspective on the Revolution War!!! At times you kind of felt for the soldiers who were fighting the war; at times you became angry and agitated at the conduct of the soldiers-some of them seem no better than the "gang bangers" we have in the hood!!! With all the mistake-the English and The Americans-it was a miracle that it took seven years to complete; an even more of a miracle that the Americans won!!!! Thank god for the short sight and the overconfidence the En [...]

    11. It bills itself as "The American Revolution Through British Eyes", so I suppose the best way to review it would be to compare it to what we'd expect to find in a standard, American-written history of the Revolutionary War.The book covers the causes of the Revolution and the course of the war in North America from 1775 to 1781, but with the focus shifted from the Patriot experience to the British. On the military sides, the generals and armies on both sides get extensive coverage (George Washingt [...]

    12. I was very interested in reading about the American Revolution through the eyes of the British. The book has many pros and cons to how the information is presented though. The first is the book covers 1770-1781 which means eleven years are crammed in 338 pages. It gives an overview of the war with a huge cast of characters which allows the readers to pick a direction they further want to learn. However, it is too much detail. There are mini biographies for the British leaders and mentions the ba [...]

    13. I got this book because as a history teacher, I always try to give my students multiple perspectives. As such, I was hoping for a lot more from this book. I wanted some primary sources, and I did get some of those, but it was largely a political perspective. It is also a book I wouldn't recommend for anyone who is not VERY familiar with the Revolution already. There were several things in there that could have been confusing to me if I didn't teach this material. There were also times I was conf [...]

    14. Something I learned by read this one is how brutal the war was in the South. So far from all the reading I have done (George Washington: A Life, His Excellency: George Washington, 1776, Revolutionary Summer: the Birth of American Independence, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic, and a few more) nothing I've read touched on these, what I am here calling, little known battles and atrocities going on the "southe [...]

    15. A dry and often plodding account of the first American civil war. It brought little new to the table regarding the events, but did explore well the in-fighting and petty jealousies of those in charge on both sides.

    16. Nice to read a history from a perspective from other than the victors. We need more history like this. It gives one balance and helps to be less biased when it comes to the idea of might makes right.

    17. This is definitely not what I was taught about the War with the Americans. I was surprised as to how much opposition there was in England for this war and how much bumbling there was on the part of the British Army - they were in quite a mess. After a few successes ("we cannot afford any future wins") it appears that the British were doomed to fail.The book was not always easy to read - the British use of double negatives caused me to have to reread many passages both the letters from the era an [...]

    18. Redcoats and Rebels is a wonderful overview text to the American Revolution, looking at both sides of the fight. Covering the full course of the conflict, there is no time to look in-depth at battles and events (the André-Arnold episode is covered in just a few pages for example); however, other texts do that, and this one does a good job presenting the bigger picture. Scholarly yet accessible, this is a read that should please both serious students and the more general reader. Highly recommend [...]

    19. I wanted to read this after doing my own original research on two men, Joseph Harrison and his son Richard Acklom Harrison, who were Collectors of Customs in Boston when the trouble started. (See collectorsofcustoms.yolasite) However, I learnt nothing about pre-war America, and Hibbert's account of events leading up to the war is brief and sketchy. Didn't finish it, but may at a later date.

    20. Not a bad book. I think it was good in showing that the British were not as strong in the US as portrayed in other books and popular venues. The British were constantly sending troops to other colonies. Also, support for the war was divided in England. However, the book itself was mostly duplicative to other books about the American Revolution.

    21. This book is quite well written and easy to read. It provides a revealing look into the personalities and character of of each of the generals and the Ministers who directed the war. It is an excellent high level view of the war from the British perspective, and provides much needed clarification of the real reasons why Britain lost.

    22. A clear,concise and well written history taking the reader through events from the British perspective and with an insight to the character of the people involved. Eye witness accounts, maps and pictures all add to the telling. I learnt much about a period in history I previously knew little about.

    23. Very well written in a dry and acerbic literary style. Redcoats and Rebels purports to be the Revolutionary War through the eyes of the British. It's hard to tell this story without telling both stories and Hibbert does a very workmanlike job of doing so. Not sure what I learned new here but I certainly enjoyed reading it, I like Hibbert's style and his research cannot be faulted.

    24. A frustrating read. It is supposed to offer a particular British perspective on the war but it doesn't really tell us more than we would find in any other good history of the Revolution. If you've not read about the Revolution before this would be a good introbut not much more than that.Hibbert is a popular historian expect that level of intelligencebut not more.Disappointing.

    25. An award-winning British historian gives depth to the history of the American Revolution by sharing events in Britain involving the King, Parliament and ordinary citizens. His description of the "Boston Tea Party" was amazing. Over 35,000 lbs of tea were dumped in the bay. The tea was so thick, the tea on top was dry and being grabbed by locals to take home. A very interesting history.

    26. A decent book on the history of the American Revolution from the perspective of the British. Only one problem, the author talks more about the American perspective than the British! I think he forgot what the title of his book was. It is still an ok book. If you want something on the American Revolution, there is better stuff out there.

    27. The perspective from the British side was different from any other history I've encountered about the American Revolution. The parlimentary debates were fascinating, from a political perspective. I had an awareness that the revolutionary efforts in the colonies had their supporters in the UK, but I hadn't realized the extent, or the vibrancy of the debates surrounding the issues.

    28. Fantastic book. Most books on the American War of Independence focus on the "Patriot" forces. This one looks at it (big shock) through His Majesty's forces, and shows not how the Rebels won but how the Crown forces lost.

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