New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2011.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by author in ink to title page. First Edition with full number line indicating first printing. 9 1/2" X 6 1/2". xii, 434pp. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of unclipped dust jacket. Bound in blue paper over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm and sound.
John E. Ferling (born 1940) is a professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia and a leading authority on late 18th and early 19th century American history. He is an award-winning author of numerous books, and has appeared as an expert voice in documentaries on the History Channel, PBS, the Learning Channel, and C-SPAN Book TV.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
No event in American history was more pivotal-or more furiously contested-than Congress's decision to declare independence in July 1776. Even months after American blood had been shed at Lexington and Concord, many colonists remained loyal to Britain. John Adams, a leader of the revolutionary effort, said bringing the fractious colonies together was like getting "thirteen clocks to strike at once."
Other books have been written about the Declaration, but no author has traced the political journey from protest to Revolution with the narrative scope and flair of John Ferling. Independence takes readers from the cobblestones of Philadelphia into the halls of Parliament, where many sympathized with the Americans and furious debate erupted over how to deal with the rebellion. Independence is not only the story of how freedom was won, but how an empire was lost.
At this remarkable moment in history, high-stakes politics was intertwined with a profound debate about democracy, governance, and justice. John Ferling, drawing on a lifetime of scholarship, brings this passionate struggle to life as no other historian could. Independence will be hailed as the finest work yet from the author Michael Beschloss calls "a national resource."(Publisher). Very good + / Very good +. Item #9089