Turning the World Upside Down: Inside the American Revolution

John Tebbel, Author Crown Publishers $27.5 (448p) ISBN 978-0-517-58955-7
Former journalism professor Tebbel ( Between Covers: The Rise and Transformation of American Book Publishing ) offers a breezy, present-tense account of the American Revolution as though from the perspective of the ordinary men and women who lived through it. Merchants, mothers, and foot soldeirs dominate these pages to the virtual exclusion of generals and statesmen. Together, their viewpoints portray the Revolution not as an expression of high-minded patriotism but as an experience to be endured and survived. Denying any pretentions to original research or interpretation, Tebbel nevertheless makes a strong case that great achievements can arise from mundane people and events. General readers will enjoy this book; scholars may profit from its approach. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 05/03/1993
Release date: 05/01/1993
Genre: Nonfiction
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