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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (136 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maya Jasanoff Narrator: L. J. Ganse Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Maya Jasanoff won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her groundbreaking work Liberty’s Exiles. After the American Revolution, sixty thousand British loyalists fled the US for Canada, the Caribbean, India, and other points abroad. Jasanoff traces their harrowing journeys across the globe, shedding light on their ambitions, the postrevolutionary world they encountered, and their legacies. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A smart, deeply researched and elegantly written history.”

    York Times Book Review 

  • “[Maya Jasanoff’s] ability to blend structural analysis with engrossing accounts of personal experience makes Liberty’s Exiles a highly readable book as well as an informative one.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Ambitious, empathetic and sometimes lyrical.” 

    Washington Post 

  • “Jasanoff’s notable achievement is to engage the reader’s interest, and sympathies, in the travails of the Revolution’s losers.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “Spirited and engaging.” 

    New York Review of Books

  • “Brilliant.” 


  • “A fascinating, important  and beautifully written investigation that ought to be required reading for anyone who thinks America’s founding was an unambiguous instance of liberty and justice throwing off the shackles of tyranny and oppression.”  

    Seattle Times

  • “Brilliant, seminal work.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Jasanoff’s book is history at its best.” 

    Richmond-Times Dispatch 

  • “Jasanoff has written [the loyalists] a fitting tribute.” 

    Daily Beast

  • “A masterful account of the struggles, heartbreak, and determination that characterized specific Loyalist families and individuals.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

  • Winner of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction
  • A 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John Daly | 2/12/2014

    " Jasanoff pulled together information from emigrants who went to many other countries. I found perhaps too much from the letters of these people for my taste, and not enough statistics that I found credible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Catherine Thompson | 2/6/2014

    " Jasanoff's book is a study of the loyalist diaspora following the American Revolution, and especially an examination of the "spirit of 1783" (as opposed to the "spirit of 1776", one presumes). Those inhabitants of the thirteen colonies who remained loyal to the crown fled to other parts of the British Empire, most especially to British North America (what would become Canada), but also to the West Indies (Jamaica and Bahamas), Britain itself, and a few to Australia and India. As a Canadian and a descendant of loyalists, I was aware of the loyalist settlements in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, but the others were unknown to me. I found this a fascinating and enlightening book on the subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jean Kelly | 2/1/2014

    " Truly interesting book about something I don't remember learning in school - the fate of all those who were loyal to Britain in 1783 - including Benjamin Franklin's son. It goes into great detail and her writing makes these folks come alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael Hattem | 1/22/2014

    " Jasanoff earns most of her stars for writing an eminently readable work full of interesting stories that trace her loyalist protagonists across the globe. However, she ultimately fails to fully backup her thesis that the loyalist diaspora played an important role in the emergence of the new, patriarchal, liberal humanitarian British empire of the nineteenth century. "

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About the Author

Maya Jasanoff was educated at Harvard, Cambridge, and Yale, and is currently a professor of history at Harvard University. Her first book, Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750–1850, was awarded the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize and was a book of the year selection in numerous publications including the Economist, Guardian, and Sunday Times (London). She has recently been a fellow of the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and the American Council of Learned Societies and has contributed essays to the London Review of Books, New York Times Magazine, and New York Review of Books.