The Great Upheaval

America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800

By Jay Winik
Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060083144, 720pp.

Publication Date: September 2008

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Description

It is an era that redefined history. As the 1790s began, a fragile America teetered on the brink of oblivion, Russia towered as a vast imperial power, and France plunged into revolution. But in contrast to the way conventional histories tell it, none of these remarkable events occurred in isolation.

Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian Jay Winik masterfully illuminates how their fates combined in one extraordinary moment to change the course of civilization. A sweeping, magisterial drama featuring the richest cast of characters ever to walk upon the world stage, including Washington, Jefferson, Louis XVI, Robespierre, and Catherine the Great, The Great Upheaval is a gripping, epic portrait of this tumultuous decade that will forever transform the way we see America's beginnings and our world




About the Author
The author of the #1 and "New York Times" bestselling "April 1865" and the "New York Times" bestseller "The Great Upheaval", Jay Winik is renowned for his creative approaches to history. "The Baltimore Sun" called him "one of our nation's leading public historians." He is a popular public speaker and a frequent television and radio guest. He has been a regular contributor to "The Wall Street Journal" book review section, as well as to "The New York Times". His many national media appearances include the "Today" show, "Good Morning America", "World News Tonight", and NPR, and he covered both of Obama's historic inaugurations as a FOX News presidential historian. He is a former board member of the National Endowment for the Humanities and was a historical advisor to National Geographic Networks.



Praise For The Great Upheaval

“In this masterful book, Jay Winik sheds new light on a tumultuous decade rife with lessons for today.”
-Walter Isaacson

“A cinematic reconstruction of the birth of the modern world. No one interested in history will want to miss it.”
-Robert Dallek

“A historical work of rare drama and audacity, told with the tireless verve of a gifted storyteller.”
-Ron Chernow

“The Great Upheaval is great history, vividly told.”
-Jon Meacham

“Jay Winik’s The Great Upheaval is a terrific work that will endure for years to come.”
-Doris Kearns Goodwin

“Ambitious. . . An authoritative study. . . . Intriguing.”
-The Boston Globe

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