Overwhelmed with debt following its victory in the French and Indian Wars, England began imposing harsh tariffs and taxes on the colonies in the 1760s. An independence movement grew in strength, until protest and rebellion eventually erupted into war. But despite the charismatic leadership of the independence movement, more than half the colonists remained loyal to England. Benson Bobrick illuminates such overlooked aspects of the American Revolution as he thrillingly describes major battles from Lexington and Concord to the siege of Yorktown. Here too are engaging portraits of the major figures as well as observations by some of their lesser-known contemporaries.
"Bobrick does a fine job of covering the ins and outs of this extraordinary war, giving readers enough background to understand the complexities of the issues that led to the Declaration of Independence by taking them through the war years leading to Washington's inauguration. Better yet, he creates a sense of the times in which these stirring events occurred, limning the details of the common people's lives and attitudes to add a sense of immediacy. Angel in the Whirlwind is popular history at its best; George Washington would be proud."—Library Journal