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1776 Year of Illusions by Thomas Fleming is a non-fiction book about the tremulous year. Mr. Fleming is a historical novelist and historian with special interest in the American Revolution.
- 525 pages
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My rating for1776 Year of Illusions—5
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1776 Year of Illusions by Thomas Fleming (website) does not pull any punches when describing the political crisis in North America and how each side was seeking a resolution. For every person who was committed their whole heart to a revolution, there was another who could not fathom being separated from the English crown.
The book mainly focuses on the military campaigns of 1776, however the fascinating political developments in Philadelphia and London are also addressed. The author follows the American rebels from the disastrous attempt to take over Quebec, Canada to the amazing victories at Trenton and Princeton.
Mr. Fleming makes it clear that the colonial society was anything but united behind the rebels, but somehow they still managed to wing. Loyalists, those who favored British rule, where everywhere and, according to the author, did whatever they could to deter the revolutionary army. The sunshine soldiers and patriot leaders serving under
General Washington did not measure up to what was demanded of them. The book makes it painfully clear that General Howe’s brother allowed, for political reasons, for Washington’s army to escape time and time again until, by 1777, Washington himself become the rock of the revolution.
This is a well researched book based on primary material and written in a dramatic style. The narrative is informative and enjoyable in its telling of fascinating events.
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Zohar — Man of la Book
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