Joseph Ellis is among a group of historians over the last fifty years who, in my opinion, have rewritten and revised American history, replacing fiction and semi-truths, with facts.
Mr. Ellis’ “Revolutionary Summer,” is simply another example of replacing fiction with fact. In this book, he takes a short time frame, May, 1776 until October, 1776, to give us a dual perspective of the birth of American Independence. Crosscutting between the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, he gives us the political and the military views of the forming of a nation and the men behind the creation of the American Republic, notably George Washington, Nathanael Greene, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin; and he also gives us brilliant insight into the thinking of Britain’s Admiral Lord Richard Howe and his brother General William Howe whose decisions on the battlefield would greatly affect the outcome of the war.
A note of warning: I would not recommend this book to someone with no knowledge of the ‘Revolutionary War’ (It is not a starter book) but for anyone with knowledge of that period I would highly recommend.

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