Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Review Of '1775: A Good Year For Revolution'

James Srodes at the Washington Times wrote a good review of Kevin Philips' 1775: A Good Year for Revolution.

If you buy only one history book for the rest of 2013, this should be the one.

Book reviewers have long turned such phrases as “magisterial” and “masterpiece” into cliches. This book richly deserves far more effusive encomiums. I can only say that Kevin Philips will change everything you think you know about our American Revolution and replace it with a deeper, richer understanding of the more complex and very human story of our founding.

Good history writing should fulfill two objectives. It should provide the reader with a clearer grasp of what the historic characters were thinking as well as how they acted. Equally important, there should be some resonant connection with our current lives, for while history does not repeat itself exactly, it is vital that we remember that our past is fashioned by ordinary humans like ourselves who often face eerily similar dilemmas

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