The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789

  • by Robert Middlekauff
  • Narrated by Robert Fass
  • 27 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically-acclaimed volume - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic.
This panoramic view of the conflict between England and America combines the political and the personal, giving the listener a vivid sense of how the colonists perceived the events of their struggle for independence, from the French and Indian War to “the shot heard round the world”, and the importance the colonists assigned to them.
Praised as “state of the art” and “the most distinguished series in American historical scholarship”, the four new volumes of the Oxford History of the United States – including The Glorious Cause – are narrated with engagingly casual warmth by Robert Fass, who previously read an earlier volume in the series, Empire of Liberty, by Gordon S. Wood.
Please note: The individual volumes of the series have not been published in historical order. The Glorious Cause is number III in The Oxford History of the United States.


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A very thorough book on the American Revolution

"The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789" by Robert Middlekauff, read by Robert Fass is a very good audiobook. Fass narrates the book clearly.

The book covers the lead up the the revolution and why the Americans decided reluctantly to fight. It then covers the war itself and what the Americans did after the war to set up the federal government. This is all done competently and clearly.

The book doesn't cover the controversies in Britain over America in as much detail and in particular doesn't cover the important role played by Edmund Burke: see "The Great Melody" by Conor Cruise O'Brien, but that is to be expected in a book about America.

Very good. Well worth listening to.
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- Alan Michael Forrester


I,m a big fan of history and I was looking forward to this book, as it has good reviews. I had studied this period when at school but I didn't know it in great detail. However I couldn't get into it particular the politic. Whole passages went by and I couldn't remember what had been said, and nore did I feel the urge to rewind. Not sure why I didn't like it. There was some good analysis, and the scholarship seemed up to date, but the writing and the narration made it feel old fashioned. There are other volumes in the same series that I am interested so I hope they are better.
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- Marcus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios