Finalist for the 2017 George Washington Book Prize.
"American Revolutions": A Continental History, 1750 -1804. By Pulitzer Prize winner Alan Taylor. ISBN 978-0-393-08281-4. Copyright 2016. Hardcover with 704 pages including 37 illustrations and 10 maps.
This new comprehensive narrative of the American Revolution delivers the stories of major battles, generals, and common soldiers with insight and power. With discord smoldering in the fragile new nation through the 1780s, nationalist leaders such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton sought to restrain unruly state democracies and consolidate power in a Federal Constitution. Assuming the mantle of "We the People," the advocates of national power ratified the new frame of government but their opponents prevailed in the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, whose vision of a western "empire of liberty" aligned with the long-standing, expansive ambitions of frontier settlers. White settlement and black slavery spread west, setting the stage for a civil war that nearly destroyed the union created by the founders.