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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,385 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey M. Shaara, Jeff Shaara Narrator: Barry Bostwick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9780739301098
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Dazzling . . . All the drama of a revolution is brought to light in Rise to Rebellion. . . . A stellar endeavor, it’s an unforgettable saga about special men and women who helped forge the destiny of a nation. Rocky Mountain News
  • This may be [Shaara’s] best book yet. . . . A highly readable tale, history disguised as entertainment. Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer
  • History master Jeff Shaara scores again . . . with historical accuracy and a you-are-there immediacy. The New York Post

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 2/19/2014

    " A novel of the American Revolution that contines where Rise To Rebellion left off in 1776, and follows the war to it's conclusion in 1783. Interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marji | 2/4/2014

    " I really enjoy Shaara's writing. This is a wonderful book that brings to life the events of the American Revolution while attempting to get behind some of the feelings and emotions of the key players that we all know as icons of American history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don Kent | 1/24/2014

    " A worthwhile book that fits well with it's companion volume. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/24/2014

    " This is the second book about the American Revolution. I really enjoyed both books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gay | 1/20/2014

    " Loved it but Christopher claims Jeff is not as strong as his dad, Michael Shaara. Now THAT is a recommendation! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Peaslee | 1/18/2014

    " Excellent. Ashamed to say that I was unaware of the roles played in our Revolutionary War by such heroes as Greene, Knox, Sullivan, Morgan, et al. As usual, Shaara makes an already interesting history even more memorable. Would recommend to anyone, but especially to those who claim that they have a hard time hunkering down with history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce Martin | 1/10/2014

    " makes one proud to be an American. They did so much with so little. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/1/2014

    " Another very enjoyable book written by Jeff Shaara, portraying the struggles of our great American heroes that allowed us to have this great freedom we enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doc & Charly | 12/31/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 12/31/2013

    " Read this over the 4th of July holiday and it was the perfect book for what I was craving. Great history with a personal touch of a story that makes it read like fiction. Great stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gkeller123 | 12/16/2013

    " This book is written much like a nonfiction book, with some conversation added in. I like historical fictions, but this is not the best I have read. Worth the read, but hard to follow at times, I felt that there were loose ends not wrapped up, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua Woodbury | 12/7/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee Mossel | 11/10/2013

    " I did not find this book to be to Jeff Shaara's previous standards. Although his format demands length and full situational explanations, this book was simply too long "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 11/3/2013

    " Not as interesting as his other Civil War books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/25/2013

    " 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 Wade | 10/21/2013

    " Part Two of the Series that began with Rise to Rebellion. This book is just as well written and enjoyable to read. If you are looking for something on the Revolutionary War then read both of these books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 7/24/2013

    " 2nd book from Shaara about the Ameican Revolution. Just an amazing perspective on our history. No doubt about a divine hand in things, along with the English arrogance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 4/7/2013

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darin | 4/5/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah Sayre | 8/16/2012

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy Carey | 7/20/2012

    " They should have had us read all 3 of his books on this subject in American History class. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica Perez | 1/29/2012

    " 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 Kevin | 11/25/2011

    " 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 Lisa Lap | 8/18/2011

    " Love, love, love it. If textbooks read like this, there would be a lot more school age kids that are knowledgeable in the history of this country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maren | 7/24/2011

    " Definately worth the read. Not dry and boring! "

  • 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

Barry Bostwick has appeared in movies, television, and in musical theater. He played Brad Majors in the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and on television he appeared in the comedy Spin City with Michael J. Fox. In 1972 he received a Tony Award nomination for originating the role of Danny Zuko in the Broadway musical Grease. He then won a Tony Award in 1977 for his role in the musical The Robber Bridegroom. Bostwick continues to work in television.