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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the acclaimed history The Island at the Center of the World, an intimate new epic of the American Revolution that reinforces its meaning for today. With America's founding principles being debated today as never before, Russell Shorto looks back to the era in which those principles were forged. Drawing on new sources, he weaves the lives of six people into a seamless narrative that casts fresh light on the range of experience in colonial America on the cusp of revolution. While some of the protagonists - a Native American warrior, a British aristocrat, George Washington - play major roles on the field of battle, others - a woman, a slave, and a laborer - struggle no less valiantly to realize freedom for themselves.
Through these lives we understand that the Revolution was, indeed, fought over the meaning of individual freedom, a philosophical idea that became a force for violent change. A powerful narrative and a brilliant defense of American values, Revolution Song makes the compelling case that the American Revolution is still being fought today and that its ideals are worth defending.
©2018 Russell Shorto (P)2018 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-10-18

The history we were never taught.

A human and personal perspective on the events of America's founding. Educational and insightful. Informative.

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4 out of 5 stars
By JayHey on 03-12-18

Intriguing story that would be better in print

What did you love best about Revolution Song?

That the author stretches out to find both known and unknown lives to tell about.

What did you like best about this story?

It reminded me that Americans can always hope to be better.

Which character – as performed by Russell Shorto – was your favorite?

Mr. Shorto gives two especially powerful characters in Cornplanter and Venture. These men lost so much and struggled hard to create decent lives in the face of overwhelming odds.

Any additional comments?

The only problem I have with this book is the narration. By moving between the characters without a vocal cue of any kind, it became very hard to follow. That's why I intend to buy it in print.

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