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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,380 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey M. Shaara, Jeff Shaara Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2002 ISBN: 9780736698870
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In Rise to Rebellion, bestselling author Jeff Shaara captured the origins of the American Revolution as brilliantly as he depicted the Civil War in Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure. Now he continues the amazing saga of how thirteen colonies became a nation, taking the conflict from kingdom and courtroom to the bold and bloody battlefields of war.

It was never a war in which the outcome was obvious. Despite their spirit and stamina, the colonists were outmanned and outfought by the brazen British army. General George Washington found his troops trounced in the battles of Brooklyn and Manhattan and retreated toward Pennsylvania. With the future of the colonies at its lowest ebb, Washington made his most fateful decision: to cross the Delaware River and attack the enemy. The stunning victory at Trenton began a saga of victory and defeat that concluded with the British surrender at Yorktown, a moment that changed the history of the world.

The despair and triumph of America’s first great army is conveyed in scenes as powerful as any Shaara has written, a story told from the points of view of some of the most memorable characters in American history. There is George Washington, the charismatic leader who held his army together to achieve an unlikely victory; Charles Cornwallis, the no-nonsense British general, more than a match for his colonial counterpart; Nathaniel Greene, who rose from obscurity to become the finest battlefield commander in Washington’s army; The Marquis de Lafayette, the young Frenchman who brought a soldier’s passion to America; and Benjamin Franklin, a brilliant man of science and philosophy who became the finest statesman of his day.

From Nathan Hale to Benedict Arnold, William Howe to “Light Horse” Harry Lee, from Trenton and Valley Forge, Brandywine and Yorktown, the American Revolution’s most immortal characters and poignant moments are brought to life in remarkable Shaara style. Yet, The Glorious Cause is more than just a story of the legendary six-year struggle. It is a tribute to an amazing people who turned ideas into action and fought to declare themselves free. Above all, it is a riveting novel that both expands and surpasses its beloved author’s best work.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 2/14/2014

    " Fascinating look at the key men during the Revolutionary War...particularly Washington and Cornwallis. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica Perez | 2/13/2014

    " This guy just doesn't hold a candle to his father. I read a few of his books before I read Killer Angels and I enjoyed them, then after reading that Pulitzer Prize winner, I couldn't read the son again. Too bad for me, because I love the subject matter. Maybe I'll try again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Preston | 2/1/2014

    " Another stupendous novel by Jeff Shaara. I feel like my insight into American History has greatly improved due to his well written novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 1/23/2014

    " I'm just not a war girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 1/19/2014

    " Excellent book. I was leaning toward five stars but held out due to a few quirks with the writing style that annoyed me just a bit. However, if you are looking for a fast flowing, entertaining way of learning about the American Revolutionary War then I would highly recommend reading this. Shaara brings the figures from that time to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doc & Charly | 1/14/2014

    " Great depiction of how The Revolutionary War was fought and won. Shaara brings all the players, American, British and French, to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/13/2014

    " This was a pretty good book, and to me, it unfolded as if I didn't know the story, which in fact, I didn't. Or I didn't remember enough American history from 10th grade and one or two field trips to amount to anything. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, it was a page turner. Ian and I had listened to Rise to Rebellion (the prequel) once as a book on tape in the car, so I had some context. The author (Jeff Shaara) is the son of the guy who wrote the book Killer Angels (about the civil war). His writing style is compelling - he basically imagines and then writes the internal dialogues of the famous, important (and military) men. So I learned quite a bit about George Washington, Cornwallis, Gates, Greene and others. Very interesting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ajoynerrsa | 1/1/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all time. I am a huge history buff and this book was perfect. This is a must read for anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celeste | 12/13/2013

    " Historical fiction regarding the American Revolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua Woodbury | 12/11/2013

    " The sequel to Rise to Rebellion, The Glorious Cause is a historical fiction novel detailing the second half of the Revolutionary War. I did not enjoy this book as much as the first. Maybe the second half of the war was just more boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 12/4/2013

    " This is a first person historical account of the American Revolution. With characters like Washington, Franklin, and Cornwallis, it will surprise you how close we came to not gaining independence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 11/25/2013

    " One of my all-time favorites. Great story and historically accurate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darin | 7/19/2013

    " Finishes out a great two book series on the American Revolution. I recommend this to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 6/13/2013

    " I still learned a lot but I feel it reads slower than the prequel Rise to Rebellion. Still an interesting read on the Revolutionary War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teppo | 5/2/2013

    " I enjoyed this but for someone not interested in military strategy, this is a harder read than the Rise to Rebellion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geof | 4/30/2013

    " very excellent way to go through civil war history while remaining awake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Earley | 3/4/2013

    " Second of a 2 volume set on the American Revolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Art | 10/7/2012

    " I really liked the way Jeff did his research and brought to life the men and women of the American Revolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edie Stockstill | 12/29/2011

    " Didn't think I would like this book, because I thought it would be a dry accounting of battles and names. Instead, I finished feeling I knew Washington, Cornwallis, and Lafayette as real people. Don't let the history part scare you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 8/9/2011

    " This book was interesting, if a bit slow moving. I felt like I better understood some of the possible motivations of Washington and other figures of the Revolution. Jeff Shaara did have an annoying, repetivite phrase that just about drove me nuts. (blah blah blah, thought, blah blah blah) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/7/2011

    " Long drawn out war, long drawn out book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianna | 3/16/2011

    " An absolutely mind-numbing story. Shaara manages to take history and write a novel. The writing is superb and as much as I love history, I never fell in love with the characters quite like how I did with this book. I recommend to everyone, along with the prequel, Rise to Rebellion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/4/2011

    " Pure history, a fairly easy read, though. May debunk much of what you thought you knew about the Revolutionary War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 2/2/2011

    " great read. very accurate and well researched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 1/17/2011

    " The sequel to Rise to Rebellion, The Glorious Cause is a historical fiction novel detailing the second half of the Revolutionary War. I did not enjoy this book as much as the first. Maybe the second half of the war was just more boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 12/17/2010

    " When I think of historical fiction, I think of Jeff Shaara. Excellent, as expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 12/2/2010

    " This book was interesting, if a bit slow moving. I felt like I better understood some of the possible motivations of Washington and other figures of the Revolution. Jeff Shaara did have an annoying, repetivite phrase that just about drove me nuts. (blah blah blah, thought, blah blah blah) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 9/14/2010

    " Being a history buff---loves this format of learning more about the Revolutionary War. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ethan | 9/7/2010

    " Not a very good book at all. No where near the quality of God and Generals "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 7/3/2010

    " I loved this book! Was a bit lengthy but so was the war...I think this should be required reading for all americans:) It really does bring into perspective what was sacraficed to make this great country a reality! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 6/29/2010

    " I loved reading more in depth about the Revolution and have a new found love for our founding fathers, especially George Washington. I can't wait to read more about him! "

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About the Author

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure—two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.