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Publisher's Summary

History buffs will rejoice at Jeff Shaara's latest foray into the glorious days of America's founding. This dramatic sequel to his best selling Rise to Rebellion continues his chronicle of the key characters of the American Revolution and animates some of the most compelling scenes in America's history: Washington's harrowing winter at Valley Forge, Benedict Arnold's tragic downfall, and the fiercely-fought battles at Trenton, Brandywine Creek, and Yorktown. Shaara draws his readers into the ethical and strategic dilemmas of his characters. More than simple events, the dates and battles are fleshed out in our imaginations as momentary choices that could easily have turned out differently even with the same actors. Shaara's sequel shows how the philosophical ideas of the Founding Fathers outgrew the library in the theater of war.
©200 Jeff Shaara (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"As in all good historical fiction, Shaara's novel gives historical figures flesh-and-blood viability." (Booklist)
"History master Jeff Shaara scores again...with historical accuracy and a you-are-there immediacy." (The New York Post)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lee on 08-11-04


First the one negative point: 2 chapters repeated themselves WITHING sections of the download. Very aggravating. Complaints done. has helped me really appreciate the history poor texts spoiled for us in school. Adams, Jefferson, Jefferson and Mason and the making of a nation, and others flesh out and make real a time that still resonates for the world and us, whether in fulfillments of our values or in the sometimes abandonment of our values.

The narrator is excellent.

My tears over the tragedy of the loss of life in any war and the deep passions and fears were brought out as I listened to this narrative. Each of the characters were vibrant and I trembled with excitement at some of the battles while mourning those who endured those times.

Washington comes out almost as mythical in this account as we read of him in our high school textbooks.

This books is a joy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Melvin on 09-30-03

The Glorious Cause

After reading the biography of John Adams this book added much to my understanding of the times and the people involved. I could not stop to eat and listened to the book from start to finish.

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