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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Ferling Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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No event in American history was more pivotal---or more furiously contested---than Congress's decision to declare independence in July 1776. Even months after American blood had been shed at Lexington and Concord, many colonists remained loyal to Britain.

John Adams, a leader of the revolutionary effort, said bringing the fractious colonies together was like getting thirteen clocks to strike at once. Other books have been written about the Declaration of Independence, but no author has traced the political journey from protest to revolution with the narrative scope and flair of John Ferling.

Independence takes listeners from the cobblestones of Philadelphia into the halls of Parliament, where many sympathized with the Americans and furious debate erupted over how to deal with the rebellion. Independence is not only the story of how freedom was won, but how an empire was lost. At this remarkable moment in history, high-stakes politics was intertwined with a profound debate about democracy, governance, and justice.

John Ferling, drawing on a lifetime of scholarship, brings this passionate struggle to life as no other historian could. Independence will be hailed as the finest work yet from the author Michael Beschloss calls a national resource.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris Ruddell | 12/12/2013

    " Good book - way too many details though. That took away from the narrative flow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ms211 | 6/2/2013

    " Really enjoyed this easy read about the beginning of declaration for independence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kama | 1/13/2013

    " This was a really good book. It was well researched and had lots of information that I have not seen before in similar books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben | 8/25/2012

    " A fascinating read, especially with regard to some of our lesser known founding fathers (Sam Adams, Richard Henry Lee, John Dickinson)... "

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About the Author
Author John Ferling

John Ferling is professor emeritus of history at the State University of West Georgia. A leading authority on American Revolutionary history, he has appeared in many documentaries and has written numerous books, including The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon, Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence, Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution, and the award-winning A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic.