Setting the world ablaze : Washington, Adams, Jefferson and the American Revolution /
John Ferling.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
xxiv, 392 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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Scholars know Ferling (State Univ. of West Georgia) through his published studies of John Adams, George Washington, and American colonial wars. This title, which relies upon the lives of Washington (the "sword"), Jefferson (the "pen"), and Adams (the "stalwart") to tell the story of the nation's struggle to gain its independence from England, will appeal to a larger audience. The Revolution was the central event in the life of each. Ferling charts--and weighs--their contributions as the men are drawn into the deepening crisis with the mother country and eventually provide both direction and inspiration for the fledgling nation. His portraits are fresh, his judgments of their roles and contributions are judicious, and his prose is crisp. The final chapters offer something of a balance sheet from which Adams's achievements emerge as the most impressive. Ferling characterizes his book as a "study of personality, character, aspirations, drives, choices, ideas, visions, leadership, and courage." He is right on target. Readers on a variety of levels will profit from--and enjoy--his thoughtful work. For all collections. G. S. Rowe; University of Northern Colorado
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. IX
Prologue: "Embarked on a Most Tempestuous Sea" July 1, 1776p. XIV
Mapsp. XXV
"Distinguished from the Common Run of Men" Children Who were Fathers of the Men
"The Strong Desire of Distinction" The Vagaries of Youthp. 2
"Getting under Sail" The Decisions of Youthp. 18
"This Desultory Life" Toward Mid-Lifep. 41
"Fortitude, Vigour, and Perseverance" Waging War and Independence
"An Epocha in History" Revolutionariesp. 64
"To Ride in This Whirlwind" Independencep. 92
"Turning the Tide of Arms" War and Reformp. 138
"It Is Impossible to Exceed This" From Despair to Triumph
"A Fatal Crisis" The Great Peril, 1778-1780p. 186
"The Womb of Fate" Victoryp. 223
"Who Shall Write the History of the American Revolution?" Memory and Meaningp. 273
Epilogue: The "Sword" and "Bulwark" of the American Revolutionp. 296
Abbreviationsp. 307
Notesp. 309
Select Bibliographyp. 362
Indexp. 373
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