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More than 200 years ago, a group of British colonists in America decided that the conditions under which they were governed had become intolerable. Angry and frustrated that King George III and the British Parliament had ignored their lawful complaints and petitions, they decided to take action.
Knowing that their deeds - often directed at individuals and property - were illegal, and punishable by imprisonment and even death, these agitators plotted and conducted their missions in secret to protect their identities as well as the identities of those who supported them. Calling themselves the Sons of Liberty, they gathered together in a radical society committed to imposing forcible change. Those determined men - including second cousins Samuel and John Adams, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, and John Hancock - saw themselves as patriots. Yet to the Crown, and to many of the Sons' fellow colonists, the revolutionaries were terrorists who deserved death for their treason.
In this gripping narrative, Les Standiford reveals how this group of intelligent, committed men, motivated by economics and political belief, began a careful campaign of interlocking events that would channel feelings of vague injustice into an armed rebellion of common cause, which would defeat an empire and give birth to a radical political experiment - a new nation known as the United States.
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By Jean on 02-21-13
Sons of Liberty
This story is well known by most school children so what else can be said about? Les Standiford read reports by current historians as well as those of prior generation and put a bit of a different twist to the events. He covered Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock and John Otis in detail and followed their role leading up to open rebellion. The author also provided the British view point of events. Standiford tried to be neutral in presenting the story. He covered the Townsend act in great detail and its effects in the colonies including the Boston Tea Party. His underlying premise was that it was economic motivation that was the primary factor pushing these men and they used the feelings of injustice to propel their goals. The author spent more time discussing Samuel Adams than any one else but apparently he was a key factor with his writings about Boston the united everyone. Over all the book is interesting and it is good to review our beginnings. Robert Fass did a good job narrating the book. The book also contains a few pearls of information that are most interesting.
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