- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st Edition edition (May 15, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1632862093
- ISBN-13: 978-1632862099
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Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe, and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe Hardcover – May 15, 2018
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"Another winner of early American history from a renowned practitioner." - Kirkus Reviews
"Ferling brings the political struggles of his subjects to life, enriching readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the period’s history with discussion of the now-obscure Federalist schemes to deny Jefferson the presidency in 1800. By noting present-day parallels to the risks that 19th-century oligarchs posed to democracy, Ferling has produced the best kind of popular history, one that illuminates why remembering the past is vital for the present." - Starred review, Publishers Weekly
"Ferling, a prolific and accomplished historian . . . compels his readers' interest . . A sophisticated view of revolutionary times on both sides of the Atlantic." - Booklist
"This compelling narrative will appeal to both scholarly and popular 18th century history enthusiasts as well as those who value representative government." - Library Journal
"[Ferling] covers Jefferson, Thomas Paine and James Monroe in a comparative biography . . . Artfully written chapters sketch their lives (birth to death), political careers, and publications. Summing up: Recommended." - CHOICE
"Once again, John Ferling has written an illuminating, insightful and absorbing study of the 18th-century age of Revolution. In Apostles of Revolution, he brings Jefferson, Paine and Monroe to life as they pursue, on two continents, their Enlightenment dreams of democracy and universal rights." - Susan Dunn, author of SISTER REVOLUTIONS: FRENCH LIGHTING, AMERICAN LIGHT
"John Ferling is brilliant to perceive that overlapping the stories of Jefferson, Paine, and Monroe brings these revolutionaries into sharper focus. Their goal wasn't just American independence. Each sought a new world for all mankind." - Robert M. S. McDonald, United States Military Academy, author of CONFOUNDING FATHER
"This close-up, even intimate, view of three amazing personalities, engaged in a web of dangerous action, throws unexpected new light on the progress of the entire Revolutionary generation. Ferling's deep experience in founding history, and in storytelling, has him at the top of his game here. A powerful achievement--and a great read." - William Hogeland, author of AUTUMN OF THE BLACK SNAKE: THE CREATION OF THE U.S. ARMY AND THE INVASION THAT OPENED THE WEST
"John Ferling's latest engagement with the trials and triumphs of the American Revolutionary generation focuses in on the big questions: What makes a revolution just? And what can be expected to emerge when a revolution successfully concludes? This time the story is told through the combined writings and actions of three whose striving to preserve their ideals comes at a cost." - Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg, coauthors of MADISON AND JEFFERSON
"Ferling’s three “apostles” ― Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe ― had in common their efforts to spread revolution not only in America but also in France . . . all three hoped and worked for a society that was more democratic and more egalitarian. Paine and Monroe lived together for a stretch, as did Monroe and Jefferson, and the three men very much admired and appreciated what each brought to their shared cause. By following their intertwined lives, Ferling illuminates their early successes in America, their ultimate disillusionments in France and their subsequent re-dedication to spreading democracy in America." - Trend & Tradition
"Ferling’s vivid descriptions will compel you to read this treasure repeatedly." - San Francisco Book Review on WHIRLWIND
"A nuanced study of the American Revolution . . . accomplished scholar [John] Ferling employs his extensive knowledge . . . A first-rate historian's masterful touch conveys the profound changes to colonists' 'hearts and minds.' " - Starred review, finalist for 2015 Book Prize, "Best Books of 2015", Kirkus Reviews on WHIRLWIND
"[A]n objective history . . . Ferling has created another accessible yet scholarly work on the American Revolution." - Library Journal on WHIRLWIND
About the Author
John Ferling is professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia. He is the author of many books on American Revolutionary history, including The Ascent of George Washington; Almost a Miracle, an acclaimed military history of the War of Independence; and the award-winning A Leap in the Dark. His most recent book on American history is Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It. He and his wife, Carol, live near Atlanta, Georgia.
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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) will forever be known as the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. He served as a controversial governor of Virginia beginning in 1779. Jefferson served in Congress and was elected the third President of the United States. He was a Francophile and enjoyed the five years he served as U.S. Ambassador to France following the American Revolution. He was a brilliant intellectual who favored a small central government becoming a leader of the Anti-Federalist party.
James Monroe(1758-1836) was a Virginian who became a protégé of Thomas Jefferson. He practiced law and had a great deal of combat experience in the American Revolution. Monroe served on the staff of General George Washington.
Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense during the American Revolution which tamped up the flame of revolutionary fervor in the struggle against Great Britain. Paine was born in England and returned there following the Revolution. He designed a steel bridge which was ahead of its time even though it was never built. He was a brilliant man who added a great deal to the founding of the new United States. He served as an aide to General Nathaniel Greene during the Revolutionary War. Paine had an exciting life of ups and downs but his name will always shine bright in the pantheon of great American patriots.
The book is very detailed and the author has done his research. The print is small, the illustrations many and the prose is readable. Another excellent book by Dr. Ferling.