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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (99 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Barone Narrator: Stephen Hoy Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The ideals of freedom and individual rights that inspired America’s Founding Fathers did not spring from a vacuum. Along with many other defining principles of our national character, they can be traced directly back to one of the most pivotal events in British history—the late-seventeenth-century uprising known as the Glorious Revolution.

In a work of popular history that stands with recent favorites such as David McCullough’s 1776 and Joseph J. Ellis’s Founding Brothers, Michael Barone brings the story of this unlikely and largely bloodless revolt to American readers and reveals that, without the Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution may never have happened.

Unfolding in 1688–1689, Britain’s Glorious Revolution resulted in the hallmarks of representative government, guaranteed liberties, the foundations of global capitalism, and a foreign policy of opposing aggressive foreign powers. But as Barone shows, there was nothing inevitable about the Glorious Revolution. It sprang from the character of the English people and depended on the talents, audacity, and good luck of two men: William of Orange (later William III of England), who launched history’ s last successful cross-channel invasion, and John Churchill, an ancestor of Winston, who commanded the forces of the deposed James II but crossed over to support William one fateful November night.

The story of the Glorious Revolution is a rich and riveting saga of palace intrigue, loyalty and shocking betrayal, and bold political and military strategizing. With narrative drive, a sure command of historical events, and unforgettable portraits of kings, queens, soldiers, parliamentarians, and a large cast of full-blooded characters, Barone takes an episode that has fallen into unjustified obscurity and restores it to the prominence it deserves. Especially now as we face enemies who wish to rid the world of the lasting legacies of the Glorious Revolution—democracy, individual rights, and capitalism among them—it is vitally important that we understand the origins of these blessings.

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  • “Applying a readable historical contingency to these complex events and their ramifications for America, Barone’s account will be welcomed by avid history readers.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bill | 9/22/2013

    " Excellent background on why America's founding fathers set up the government the way they did. Reminds us that just because we have a democracy now, it doesn't mean that we always will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Scott | 4/9/2013

    " Apple never falls far from the tree "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Daryl | 11/26/2012

    " A boring professorial book with little or no new information "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Natasha | 3/10/2012

    " A decently informative book, but pretty boring. Barone repeats the same information sometimes. I see some parallels to the American Revolution, but I think he gives William too much credit for shaping the world how it is today. "

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About the Author

Michael Barone is a senior writer at US News and World Report and a Fox News Channel contributor. He is the author of Our First Revolution, Our Country, and Gangster Government.