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The American Revolution Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The American Revolution, by Gordon S. Wood
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.88 (467 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gordon S. Wood Narrator: Jack Garrett Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Modern Library Chronicles Release Date:
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The American Revolution signalled a great change in the course of world history and progress. From this colonial revolt sprouted ideals of liberty and democracy, and all the aspirations and ambitions of a new people. In this work, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Gordon S. Wood discusses the character and consequences of the revolution, grounding the events and ideas that shaped the American consciousness. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wood is the preeminent historian of the Revolution…He manages to boil down to its essence this crucial period in the country’s history without in the process reducing in to History Lite…His account of the emergence and development of rank-and-file political opinion is especially provocative and informative, but then so is just about everything else in this remarkable, invaluable book.”

    Washington Post

  • “An elegant, concise and lucid summary of the Revolution’s origins, the war itself, and the social and political changes wrought by the struggle for American independence.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “This slim book tells a big story: one that invites the reader to contemplate the relationships between liberty, power, rights, and the unpredictable outcomes of human action.”

    Los Angeles Times 

  • “Jack Garrett’s narration matches the book’s tone exactly. He approaches the text with an authoritative tone and uses expert pacing to guide us through the story. Garrett’s voice is clear and warm, and he makes us comfortable and eager to absorb Wood’s words. He varies his pitch and inflection just enough to keep us wondering what might happen next, even though the story will be familiar to most readers.”

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  • “Wood recounts lucidly and compactly how the policies that struck the crown as sensible irritated colonists as despotic encroachments on traditional self-governing rights…A succinct, superbly written survey.”

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Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Keith Parrish | 2/19/2014

    " Excellent no-frills distillation of the time period from the F & I War to the ratification of the Constitution. I read this for a class I took, but will recommend it for those who want to know the issues and events in a short read. Be warned - dry as dust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Brian | 2/13/2014

    " Re-read this one as I'm looking to brush up on Revolutionary War history now that I live in an area where lots of the action went down. This book didn't have much on the military strategies and battles (which is kind of what i was after) but more on the political events and "intellectual" conflicts that shaped the time. One thing that struck me was some of the similarities between the rebels and the current tea party movement. There were plenty of differences as well, but I did find it a little unsettling. I think it would be a good dissertation topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Mariely Rodriguez | 2/10/2014

    " Read for my AP US history class, and for the first time I didn't find a book on American history boring. Wood gives you the impression that not only was the American Revolution inevitable, but that it was more than a movement for political independence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Sean Chick | 1/9/2014

    " An excellent overview of the Revolution and Gordon Wood's interpretation of the revolution. "

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About the Author
Author Gordon S. Wood

Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history at Brown University. His 1969 book, The Creation of the American Republic 1776–1787, received the Bancroft and John H. Dunning prizes and was nominated for the National Book Award. His 1992 book, The Radicalism of the American Revolution, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Emerson Prize. Wood contributes regularly to the New Republic and the New York Review of Books.

About the Narrator

Jack Garrett’s voice is immediately recognizable from his work in commercials and as a personality on radio stations in the west and southwest. In addition to guest appearances on television, he has performed in dozens of theater productions on regional and New York stages, including Guys and Dolls, Hallelujah Breakdown, Prelude to a Kiss, Cast a Spell, and Bongo Fever.