The Struggle to Set America Free

By John Ferling; Robert Fass (Read by)

Tantor Media Inc, Compact Disc, 9781452602622

Publication Date: June 2011

No event in American history was more pivotal-or more furiously contested-than Congress's decision to declare independence in July 1776. Even months after American blood had been shed at Lexington and Concord, many colonists remained loyal to Britain. John Adams, a leader of the revolutionary effort, said bringing the fractious colonies together was like getting "thirteen clocks to strike at once."Other books have been written about the Declaration of Independence, but no author has traced the political journey from protest to revolution with the narrative scope and flair of John Ferling. Independence takes listeners from the cobblestones of Philadelphia into the halls of Parliament, where many sympathized with the Americans and furious debate erupted over how to deal with the rebellion. Independence is not only the story of how freedom was won, but how an empire was lost.At this remarkable moment in history, high-stakes politics was intertwined with a profound debate about democracy, governance, and justice. John Ferling, drawing on a lifetime of scholarship, brings this passionate struggle to life as no other historian could. Independence will be hailed as the finest work yet from the author Michael Beschloss calls "a national resource.

About the Author
John Ferling is a professor emeritus of history at the State University of West Georgia and the author of the award-winning "A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic".

Winner of the prestigious Audie Award, veteran actor Robert Fass is a multiple Audie Award nominee with more than eighty audiobooks to his credit. He has earned multiple "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, including for his narration of Francisco Goldman's novel "Say Her Name".

Praise For Independence

"Noted for his knowledge of the Revolutionary era, Ferling again gives us a narrative hard to surpass in fluency and authority." ---Publishers Weekly