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  • Jack Rakove's book is a superb account of the forces that turned the colonists from loyal subjects into revolutionaries... A first-rate read

    Simon Shaw, Daily Mail
  • A mighty book... Compelling... Energetic, often eloquent, and spotted with dashes of wry humour. His characterisation of these complex, revolutionary men brings them vividly to life and the analysis of the unprecedented historic circumstances in which they found themselves is definitive. The book is indispensible to understanding the whys and hows of the creation of the United States

    Literary Review
  • Rakov writes beautifully. His prose is crisp and clear... Anyone seeking a readable and well-written guide to the process whereby the rebel colonies became the United States need look no further than Rakove's impressive book

    Stephen Conway, BBC History Magazine
  • Deeply researched and elegantly written, this book marks a milestone in the study of America's revolutionary period. It should not be missed

    Annette Gordon-Reed, author of The Hemingses of Monticello
  • Brilliant...By using some marvelous vignettes and beautifully crafted portraits of the principal characters as a means of exploring the crucial issues of the Revolutionary era, [Rakove] has written a remarkable work of history

    Gordon S. Wood

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