Renowned historian Benson Bobrick has written a moving chronicle of the American Revolution for young readers. From the first stirrings of unrest under British rule at the Boston Tea Party, to the treachery of Benedict Arnold at West Point, to George Washington's Christmas Eve surprise attack at the Battle of Trenton, to the British surrender at the Battle of Yorktown, "Fight for Freedom" explores the war that created one independent nation out of thirteen diverse colonies. "Fight for Freedom" contains personal anecdotes from soldiers and civilians, as well as profiles of the many historical luminaries who were involved in America's fight for independence, such as George Washington, King George III, Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones, Thomas Jefferson, and Lord Cornwallis. Bobrick also explores the origins of colonialism in the New World, the roles women and Native Americans played during the American Revolution, the intricacies of building a new government, and the fate of those who remained loyal to the British crown after the onset of war. Bobrick's dynamic narrative is highlighted with many period oil paintings, political cartoons, and key campaign and battlefield maps, making "Fight for Freedom" the ultimate book on the American Revolution for kids.
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(261mm x 262mm x 13mm)
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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For a time period not lacking in resources, Bobrick manages to create one of the best for young readers, a volume that is attractive, informative, and accessible to history buffs and browsers alike. One- and two-page essays cover the major people, battles, documents, issues, and events of the time, doing for the American Revolution what James McPherson's Fields of Fury (2002) did for the Civil War and Stephen Ambrose's The Good Fight (2001) did for WWII, the two previous works in the series. Solid, clear writing, colorful maps, large reproductions of period oil paintings, political cartoons, and sidebars presenting "Quick Facts" yield a wealth of material. Especially handy is a list of ten of the best Web sites on the subject. One of the few resources to make the Revolution truly alive and interesting for young readers. A must for libraries and classrooms. (timeline, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9+) (Kirkus Reviews)
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