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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. Ganser Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781470327705
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Tate | 1/19/2014

    " A really interesting topic, but because of the writing bogs down in the middle of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Doucette | 12/21/2013

    " Fascinating fascinating fascinating "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/16/2013

    " I learned quit a bit of history here. Things I never knew, nor were ever taught, were brought to light. If you enjoy history, you will enjoy this. Very informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricrk patrick | 12/11/2013

    " A part of the revolutionary aftermath that I didn't know about. Interesting reading especially how "american" attitudes went with the loyalists and continued to give English governors problems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Fournier | 11/30/2013

    " Most extensive, well-written and detailed survey of the loyalist diaspora I have read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Eignor | 11/17/2013

    " Well researched but quite readable. The two things don't always go together. An aspect of early American history we don't often hear about. First chapter about the war is a little slow but tells. a lot about the civil war going on inside the American Revolution. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Philip Bravo | 10/19/2013

    " This didn't pass the 100 page test. I'll have to try it again when I'm not as grumpy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. | 9/15/2013

    " Excellent book fun read. Comprehensively covers the revolutionary war period from a loyalist perspective. Very readable and enjoyable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breena | 3/8/2013

    " This was a very useful text for me. It answered questions and added a fuller perspective on events. The book is also readable -- not dull at all. I think it's a fine addition to the field. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Walker | 1/12/2013

    " I wanted to read this (even got the library to buy it for me!) because I have a special interest in the American War of Independence. The book didn't help my research, but it was nonetheless fascinating. Jasanoff writes straightforwardly and engagingly, and brought this whole period to life. "

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About the Author

Maya Jasanoff is the Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard. She is the author of the prize-winning Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850 and Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and the George Washington Book Prize. A 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, she won the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize for nonfiction. Her essays and reviews appear frequently in publications including the New York Times, Guardian, and New York Review of Books.

About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has recorded over 450 titles recorded to date. Prized for versatility, he has narrated projects ranging from preschool picture books to crime noir thrillers, from astronomical adventures in both science and science fiction, to Arctic Circle high-school basketball stories.