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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Les Standiford Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This groundbreaking narrative is a historical political thriller that explores the role of the Sons of Liberty in the American Revolution.

More than two hundred years ago, a group of British colonists in America decided that the conditions under which they were governed had become intolerable. Angry and frustrated that King George III and the British Parliament had ignored their lawful complaints and petitions, they decided to take action.

Knowing that their deeds—often directed at individuals and property—were illegal, and punishable by imprisonment and even death, these agitators plotted and conducted their missions in secret to protect their identities, as well as the identities of those who supported them. Calling themselves the Sons of Liberty, they gathered together in a radical society committed to imposing forcible change. Those determined men—including second cousins Samuel and John Adams, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, and John Hancock—saw themselves as patriots. Yet to the Crown, and to many of the Sons’ fellow colonists, the revolutionaries were terrorists who deserved death for their treason.

In this gripping narrative, Les Standiford reveals how this group of intelligent, committed men, motivated by economics and political belief, began a careful campaign of interlocking events that would channel feelings of vague injustice into an armed rebellion of common cause, which would defeat an empire and give birth to a radical political experiment—a new nation known as the United States.

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  • “This is popular history in its most vital and accessible form. Standiford has recovered the mentality of America’s first group of young radicals, the Sons of Liberty, and tells their story with flair and grace.”

    Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “An intriguing new look at the political and economic crises that prompted a secret society of American citizens into actions that incited the Revolutionary War…A rich, exhilarating account…Bolstered by ample historical documents—including one especially fascinating exchange between Benjamin Franklin and the House of Commons—the author provides a compelling real-time account of those heady prewar years. A timely, exciting exploration of how the underground agenda of a few radicals paved the road to American democracy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dave Hoff | 8/19/2013

    " Probably should be required reading, unfair taxation. A bit hard reading, but gives readers a taste of the 1766-1776 troubles. Sam Adams treated better in book than in others. John Hancock & Otis, other famous men. Starts with Stamp Act, ends at Concord. No taxation without representation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Drew Shifley | 4/12/2013

    " Good book about the resistance to British taxes and the buildup to Lexington and Concord. "

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