Thursday, May 7, 2015


The Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It

by John Ferling

John Ferling is  a very well respected author of many books on the American Revolution including; The Ascent of George Washington, and Almost a Miracle.
Books chronicling the Revolution have largely ranged from multivolume tomes that appeal to scholars and the most serious general readers to microhistories that necessarily gloss over swaths of Independence era history with only a cursory treatment. 

Written in Ferling's engaging and narrative-driven style, Whirlwind is a fast-paced and scrupulously told one-volume history of this fascinating time. Ferling balances the social and political concerns of the era  with a careful examination of the war itself. An ideal book for armchair military history buffs.

The perspective of the average American revolutionary is examined, while also explaining the causes of the American Revolution.  Ferling gives us his insight on, the war that won the American Revolution, 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. 


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