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The American Revolution

Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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Why did 13 colonies believe they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? And how did they eventually manage such an impressive feat? Get the real story on the battle for American independence with Professor Guelzo's 24 gripping lectures.

With a focus on the war's strategy, military tactics, logistics, and most fascinating people, these lectures are a must own for anyone curious about the origins of the greatest nation in modern history. Told from the perspective of both sides in an intense, almost novelistic style that recreates the experience of the war's key battles and decisions, the lectures introduce you to an array of vivid personalities, including George Washington, Lord George Sackville-Germaine, Henry Knox, Sir William Howe, and Thomas Paine.

Professor Guelzo's approach gives the forces at work in the palace and in Parliament equal weight with those in play at the Continental Congress and among George Washington's inner circle. It's a perspective that reveals the very different ways in which the two nations saw both their economic relationship and the philosophical underpinnings of a government's relationship to its citizens. You'll learn what it was like to serve on either side of the conflict, how those sides were trained, and about the terrors of the battlefield.Rich in dramatic moments like this, these lectures offer a fresh appraisal of this seminal event in American history, offering the diverging views of two sides whose common heritage had yielded two very different outlooks.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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  • Uferdinand
  • 2016-08-02

Well worth it, quirky prof

This is an excellent course for someone that is looking for a good understanding of the key events and people from all sides of the American Revolution. I left with a good understanding of how close things were to turning out differently and the reasons why the Americans were able to triumph (or perhaps why the British failed to capitalize on their opportunities). Although not a detractor, the professor sometimes was overly fixated on the superfluous detail of reciting every regiment number participating in a particular battle. This was less informative and seemed more like a professor showing off. He also pronounces common words in a conspicuously strange manner that can be distracting (for example "ruh-cess instead of "recess")

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  • JAG MASTER
  • 2017-04-10

Another Great Courses Program

Would you listen to The American Revolution again? Why?

It does a great job listing and recalling characters as it goes. It goes back and forth between battles, strategy and diplomacy. At the end I had a great picture of the entire conflict.

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  • G. Freeman
  • portland, or
  • 2015-08-06

A good military history of the American Revolution

This book focused on the military, rather than philosophical or political, nature of the revolution. It still touched on some of those aspects, and examined a little bit of the personalities involved.

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  • S. D. WILLIAMS
  • Monroe, NC
  • 2019-10-19

very educational!

If you enjoy the nuts and bolts of the American Revolution like I do, this book is for you. The narrator is animated enough to keep the lecture from droning on, and the information is interesting enough and can stand on its own. Well done folks, well done.

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  • Kelly Houske
  • MURFREESBORO, TN, US
  • 2019-07-05

Time honored kudos

I can’t tell you why I find early American history so fascinating. Maybe it was growing up in the Boston area, so rich in history. The sites and sounds - visiting all the monuments with the imagination of a child.

Mr. Guelzo’s treatment of these lectures is fascinating and fun. In my more than 60 years I find the American Spirit on which our country was founded to be sometimes lacking and yet in other respects- alive and well.

We came up short in many respects and still do although progress continues to be made. Slavery and the treatment of minorities have come a long way but there’s more to do. Justifying the actions we take as “for the greater good” continues to confound us as we chose the lesser of evils to guide us yet its the individual determination of the few that keeps us moving forward.

There is so much to learn from our national history and although we are tempted and do make judgements about the characters choices made - context matters. We weren’t there. We don’t necessarily understand the culture of the times. In hindsight, mistakes were made as well as great decisions to form the basis of what we now enjoy.

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  • angela george
  • 2019-06-30

I only wish I had this professor for my needed history credits years ago!

I really liked this audio version because: 1) the author, who also reads the course, has such a passion for the history of the revolution that I actually looked forward to hearing all about it....even when some parts of it were too detailed to absorb.
2) he also gets into the personality of the generals on both sides to help us better understand who they actually were as people, which helps to better understand why they made the decisions they made.
I will look for any other courses this professor has to offer in the future.

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  • Nicholas Jacobi
  • 2019-11-03

good overview

Nice narrative of the events of the revolution. Some observations included that you dont get in school.

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  • Tony B.
  • 2019-07-29

Compelling

Well presented. The author and presenter keeps you wanting more. For a story that most know it is very well done.

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  • David K. van Hoose
  • Carmel, IN USA
  • 2019-06-20

From The Shot Heard Around The World to the Last

If you are interested in American History this Great Course is for you. It covers the details from the first shots to the last; includes all the major battles on all fronts of the revolution. Lots of great information on the key characters of the revolution and what happened to them in later life. Highly recommended.

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  • B.E. Goode
  • 2019-06-08

I didn't like it much

I felt bored most of the time. It didn't engage me in the least and I struggled to finish it. I did enjoy the Origins of the American Revolution course though. Different lecturer.