The British Are Coming
Volume One of the Revolution Trilogy
From the bestselling author of the Liberation Trilogy comes the extraordinary first volume of his new trilogy about the American Revolution
“To say that Atkinson can tell a story is like saying Sinatra can sing…. It is as if Ken Burns somehow gained access to a time machine, traveled back to the Revolutionary era, then captured historical scenes on film as they were happening…. It is difficult to imagine any reader putting this beguiling book down without a smile and a tear.”
—Joseph J. Ellis, The New York Times Book Review
“Mr. Atkinson’s book…is chock full of momentous events and larger-than-life characters. Perfect material for a storyteller as masterly as Mr. Atkinson…. The narrative is the stuff of novels, [but] Mr. Atkinson’s facts are drawn from a wealth of manuscript and printed sources.… Mr. Atkinson weaves it all together seamlessly, bringing us with him.”
—Mark Spencer, The Wall Street Journal
“[Atkinson has a] felicity for turning history into literature…. One lesson of The British Are Coming is the history-shaping power of individuals exercising their agency together: the volition of those who shouldered muskets in opposition to an empire…. The more that Americans are reminded by Atkinson and other supreme practitioners of the historians’ craft that their nation was not made by flimsy people, the less likely it is to be flimsy.”
—George F. Will, The Washington Post
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Interview with Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson and Rick Atkinson discuss The British Are Coming on Amanpour and Company
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George Washington, A Novice General
At the start of the Revolutionary War, it had been seventeen years since General George Washington last wore a military uniform and he was only a provincial officer with limited experience in frontier combat. But it quickly became clear, Washington was instinctively, brilliantly, a political general.
Rick Atkinson on Writing the American Revolution
The American Revolution is a creation story that accounts for who we are, where we came from, what we believe, and what our forebears were willing to die for. Rick Atkinson’s new trilogy shows the war as soldiers and militiamen saw it—terrifying, bestial, and occasionally grand—and as generals fought it, sometimes well, often badly.
King George III and the American Revolution
King George III was shrewder, more complex, and more intriguing than we often acknowledge. He was king for sixty years, from 1760 to 1820. He was frugal in an age of excess, pious at a time of impiety. He despised disorder and loathed disobedience.
Siege Of Boston
Britain, the greatest empire the world had seen since ancient Rome, found itself bottled up in the small provincial town of Boston, and then, after months of misery, was forcibly evicted from that place by a ragged mob of rebels.
Defeat in New York
The American Revolution nearly came to a bad end barely a year after it began. New York was set in an archipelago with almost eight hundred miles of waterfront, and the British commanded the sea. Then more than 20,000 British and Hessian troops landed and all of Long Island was lost. The rest of the New York campaign didn’t go much better for the Americans.
The Crucial Revolutionary War Battles Of Princeton and Trenton
Chased out of New York and across New Jersey by a large, vengeful British army, the Americans took refuge in Pennsylvania, where Washington conjured up a plan to cross the Delaware on Christmas night. Desperation had driven him to this perilous moment, and the assault on Trenton shows Washington’s generalship at its finest.
Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Refuge of Tranquility
Mount Vernon was not only George Washington’s home, it was his sanctuary. The estate symbolized tranquility, security, and personal achievement. Even when Washington was leading his troops on battlefields far from Virginia, he thought often of his beloved Mount Vernon.