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Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution by [H. W. Brands]
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“Americans tend to forget that we have always been at war with one another—even in the beginning. In this splendid new book, H. W. Brands tells the story of the American Revolution as it really unfolded—as a civil war between colonial patriots and those loyal to the British Crown and Parliament. Division, Brands reminds us, is as American as unity.”
--Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

“H.W. Brands’ Our First Civil War is a sleek, riveting one-volume account of the American Revolution that speaks compellingly to our current age of division and discord. A bravura performance by one of our great historical storytellers.”
--Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy and In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award

“In Our First Civil War, the prolific historian H. W. Brands places the battle between the Patriots and the often-ignored Loyalists at the center of the story. The result is a view of the Revolution as a fight of ‘one American against another’. . . In these pages are several challenges to the standard American revolution narrative. We see Washington super-sensitive about his reputation and military acumen. We discover that Britain was willing to reach an early negotiated peace to the conflict. We find that the threat of mutiny, especially among Pennsylvanians, was more serious than sometimes rendered. And while the facile telling of the Tory story has northerners fleeing to Canada, Brands sets forth the depth of the Southern resistance to the rebels, particularly in the Carolinas.”
--The Boston Globe

“Brands delivers a page-turning account of the [Revolutionary War]. . . Gripping prose and lucid explanations of the period’s complex politics make this an essential reconsideration of the Revolutionary era."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Brands shows how fraught and complicated [the Revolution] was for the generation that lived through it, a perspective well worth considering amid our current divisions.”
--BookPage (starred review)

“Instead of discussing the Revolutionary War’s causes, political philosophies, or military details, Brand presents the motivations, relationships, and actions of its participants, in their own words. . . This engaging book, which includes often-neglected Indigenous and Black perspectives of the war, reads like the story of a contentious extended family, as opposed to a traditional military history.”
--Library Journal (starred review)

"An expert account . . . A skillful traditional history of the American Revolution that pays more than the usual attention to its American opponents."
--Kirkus

About the Author

H. W. BRANDS holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. He has written more than a dozen biographies and histories, including the The General vs. the President, a New York Times bestseller, and The Zealot and the Emancipator, his most recent book. Two of his biographies, The First American and Traitor to His Class, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08WCRHXJR
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Doubleday (November 9, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 9, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 28784 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 443 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0385546513
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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H.W. Brands taught at Texas A&M University for sixteen years before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History. His books include Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American, and TR. Traitor to His Class and The First American were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

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