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This is an excellent course for someone that is looking for a good understanding of the key events and people from all sides of the American Revolution. I left with a good understanding of how close things were to turning out differently and the reasons why the Americans were able to triumph (or perhaps why the British failed to capitalize on their opportunities). Although not a detractor, the professor sometimes was overly fixated on the superfluous detail of reciting every regiment number participating in a particular battle. This was less informative and seemed more like a professor showing off. He also pronounces common words in a conspicuously strange manner that can be distracting (for example "ruh-cess instead of "recess")
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Professor Guelzo is very knowledgeable and entertaining. However, his method of lecturing leaves much to be desired. There were many points where he was hard to follow, and in instances of more popular events he assumes the reader is familiar with them and skims.
He also skips back and forth through time a lot with little aknowledgment of the switch as if he has forgotten to segway.
It seems like this book is based on the assumption that you are looking at his class materials and following along (which they do recommend at the beginning of the book).
Overall though, the book is a good resource for the Americas perspective of the American Revolution, and the instructer is fun to listen to.
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What did you like best about this story?
Good history, not excessively military - doesn't get bogged down with order of battle listings. Fair and balanced. I listened as a Brit, and never felt that that the presentation was overly biased.
What about Professor Allen C. Guelzo’s performance did you like?
Upbeat presentation makes listening easy. Clearly spoken, with a sense of humour and a light touch.
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Any additional comments?
This series of lectures is the best I've heard so far on my Great Courses journey. Excellently presented, clearly set out and has superb narrative. Loved it.