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Amid a great collection of scholarship and narrative history on the Revolutionary War and the American struggle for independence, there is a gaping hole - one that John Ferling's latest audiobook, Whirlwind, will fill. Books chronicling the revolution have largely ranged from multivolume tomes that appeal to scholars and the most serious general listeners to microhistories that necessarily gloss over swaths of Independence-era history with only cursory treatment.
Written in Ferling's engaging and narrative-driven style that made books like Independence and The Ascent of George Washington critical and commercial successes, Whirlwind is a fast-paced and scrupulously told one-volume history of this epochal time. Balancing social and political concerns of the period and perspectives of the average American revolutionary with a careful examination of the war itself, Ferling has crafted the ideal book for armchair military history buffs, a book about the causes of the American Revolution, the war that won it, and the meaning of the revolution overall.
Combining careful scholarship, arresting detail, and illustrative storytelling, Whirlwind is a unique and compelling addition to any collection of books on the American Revolution.
©2015 John Ferling (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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By Jodie on 08-12-15

Thorough...I got a lot out of it.

I have an undergrad in American History, but I still learned a lot from this book. Interestingly enough, although I always knew how long the war lasted, this book put it into perspective for me. It must have been grueling for those living through the war - the men who were fighting lived in horrid conditions and the women and children they left at home suffered greatly as well. I put myself back in the time and wonder if I would have been strong enough to fight the crown and risk losing everything. Life was hard during this war. We owe our easy lives to all who sacrificed.

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By Lynn H. Williams on 06-06-15

Truly a Whirlwind read!

This book is perfect for this time of year the age of great challenges and sacrifices. After you hear this or read it you should take a patriotic trip to the countryside of Philly to feel the woods in which these men fought and struggled to begin our country.

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