Our First Revolution: Book summary and reviews of Our First Revolution by Michael Barone

Our First Revolution

The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America's Founding Fathers

by Michael Barone

Our First Revolution by Michael Barone

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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.

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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"Political journalist and historian Barone .... elucidates the template for America's independence movement in this well-written history of its forerunner: England's Glorious Revolution of 1688." - PW.

"Applying a readable historical contingency to these complex events and their ramifications for America, Barone's account will be welcomed by avid history readers." - Booklist.

"A skillful account of liberties on both sides of the Atlantic" - Library Journal.

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