Rise to Rebellion, Jeff Shaara brilliantly brings to life the American
Revolution, creating a superb saga of the men who helped to forge
the destiny of a nation.
In 1770, the fuse of revolution is lit by a fateful command??Fire!??as
England?s peacekeeping mission ignites into the Boston Massacre.
The senseless killing of civilians leads to a tumultuous trial in
which lawyer John Adams must defend the very enemy who has assaulted
and abused the laws he holds sacred.
The taut courtroom drama soon broadens into a stunning epic of
war as King George III leads a reckless and corrupt government in
London toward the escalating abuse of his colonies. Outraged by
the increasing loss of their liberties, an extraordinary gathering
of America?s most inspiring characters confronts the British presence
with the ideals that will change history.
John Adams, the idealistic attorney devoted to the law, who rises
to greatness by the power of his words . . . Ben Franklin, one of
the most celebrated men of his time, the elderly and audacious inventor
and philosopher who endures firsthand the hostile prejudice of the
British government . . . Thomas Gage, the British general given
the impossible task of crushing a colonial rebellion without starting
an all-out war . . . George Washington, the dashing Virginian whose
battle experience in the French and Indian War brings him the recognition
that elevates him to command of a colonial army . . . and many other
immortal names from the Founding Family of the colonial struggle?Abigail
Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Warren, Samuel Adams, Richard Henry
Lee? captured as never before in their full flesh-and-blood humanity.
More than a powerful portrait of the people and purpose of the
revolution, Rise to Rebellion is a vivid account of history?s most
pivotal events. The Boston Tea Party, the battles of Concord and
Bunker Hill?all are recreated with the kind of breathtaking detail
only a master like Jeff Shaara can muster. His most impressive achievement,
Rise to Rebellion reveals with new immediacy how philosophers became
fighters, ideas their ammunition, and how a scattered group of colonies
became the United States of America.
Hardback, 512 pages, 6x9, 2001, $30.00.