Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War

Book - 2010
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From historian Thomas B. Allen, author of Remember Pearl Harbor and George Washington, Spy Master comes a sweeping, dramatic history of the Americans who fought alongside the British on the losing side of the American Revolution. Allen's compelling account comprises an epic story with a personal core, an American narrative certain to spellbind readers of Tom Fleming, David McCullough, and Joseph Ellis. The first book in over thirty years on this topic in Revolution War history, Tories incorporates new research and previously unavailable material drawn from foreign archives, telling the riveting story of bitter internecine conflict during the tumultuous birth of a nation.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061241802
Branch Call Number: 973. 314 ALL
Characteristics: xxiii, 468 p. ; 24 cm.


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raydat51 May 25, 2012

Very well written. What I found interesting was how much of this I had learned about as a younger man through the historical fiction of Kenneth Roberts' Oliver Wiswell, a fictional account of the Revolution as seen through the eyes of a Loyalist. The brutality is a revelation for those who have a view of America's birth as something prosaic and noble. Great lesson; nothing like the birth of a country is clean and neat and someone always gets hurt. Those arguing for war should be required to read history such as this. It might make them think.

waterloo7171 May 03, 2012

Provides a good summary of what the Loyalists and those who opposed the Revolution had to endure. A worthwhile read to find out about this lesser known aspect of the Rev War. Not a comprehensive book however, and not recommended if you don't have a basic background of the Rev War.

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