The Glorious Cause

The Glorious Cause In Rise to Rebellion bestselling author Jeff Shaara captured the origins of the American Revolution as brilliantly as he depicted the Civil War in Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure Now he c

  • Title: The Glorious Cause
  • Author: Jeff Shaara
  • ISBN: 9780553713992
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Audio CD
  • In Rise to Rebellion, bestselling author Jeff Shaara captured the origins of the American Revolution as brilliantly as he depicted the Civil War in Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure Now he continues the amazing saga of how thirteen colonies became a nation, taking the conflict from kingdom and courtroom to the bold and bloody battlefields of war.It was never a wIn Rise to Rebellion, bestselling author Jeff Shaara captured the origins of the American Revolution as brilliantly as he depicted the Civil War in Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure Now he continues the amazing saga of how thirteen colonies became a nation, taking the conflict from kingdom and courtroom to the bold and bloody battlefields of war.It was never a war in which the outcome was obvious Despite their spirit and stamina, the colonists were outmanned and outfought by the brazen British army General George Washington found his troops trounced in the battles of Brooklyn and Manhattan and retreated toward Pennsylvania With the future of the colonies at its lowest ebb, Washington made his most fateful decision to cross the Delaware River and attack the enemy The stunning victory at Trenton began a saga of victory and defeat that concluded with the British surrender at Yorktown, a moment that changed the history of the world.The despair and triumph of America s first great army is conveyed in scenes as powerful as any Shaara has written, a story told from the points of view of some of the most memorable characters in American history There is George Washington, the charismatic leader who held his army together to achieve an unlikely victory Charles Cornwallis, the no nonsense British general, than a match for his colonial counterpart Nathaniel Greene, who rose from obscurity to become the finest battlefield commander in Washington s army The Marquis de Lafayette, the young Frenchman who brought a soldier s passion to America and Benjamin Franklin, a brilliant man of science and philosophy who became the finest statesman of his day From Nathan Hale to Benedict Arnold, William Howe to Light Horse Harry Lee, from Trenton and Valley Forge, Brandywine and Yorktown, the American Revolution s most immortal characters and poignant moments are brought to life in remarkable Shaara style Yet, The Glorious Cause is than just a story of the legendary six year struggle It is a tribute to an amazing people who turned ideas into action and fought to declare themselves free Above all, it is a riveting novel that both expands and surpasses its beloved author s best work.From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Jeff Shaara

    Jeff Shaara, a descendant of Italian immigrants, was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey Shaara was originally spelled Sciarra He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Criminology From age 16, Jeff operated a rare coin business, first out of his home, then in a retail store After moving to Tampa, Jeff became one of the most widely known coin and precious metals dealers in Florida In 1988, Jeff s father, Michael Shaara, died, and Jeff made the decision to sell his business, and take over the management of his father s estate.Onboard the Guided Missile Destroyer USS Mustin in the Persian Gulf.In 1993, the motion picture Gettysburg was released, which was based on his father s classic novel, The Killer Angels After the critical and commercial success of the film, Jeff was approached about the possibility of continuing the story, finding someone to write a prequel and sequel to The Killer Angels After some considerable soul searching, Jeff decided to try to tackle the project himself The decision was difficult in many ways, but most challenging because Jeff had no previous experience as a writer.In 1996, Ballantine Books published Jeff s first novel, Gods and Generals, the prequel to his father s great work Gods and Generals leapt onto the New York Times Bestseller List, and remained there for fifteen weeks Critics nationwide praised the book and Jeff s writing ability, and the book was awarded the American Library Association s Prestigious Boyd Award No one was surprised than Jeff himself In 1998, the sequel, The Last Full Measure, was published, with the same result thirteen weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, and universal praise from critics and fans nationwide Two years later, Jeff published his third novel, Gone For Soldiers, which followed many familiar Civil War characters back to their experiences in the Mexican American War of the 1840 s Received with much critical acclaim, the book became Jeff s third bestseller.


  • Another book that I should've reviewed days ago. Too much work . too much going on .The Glorious Cause continues the story of Franklin, Adams, Washington, Cornwallis, and more through the climax of the American Revolution. This is Shara's Schtick. He picks a few key players in great historical events and follows them through those events. As a reader you gain insight into the thinking, the strategy, the plots of these great people. The insight is fantastic.The approach is also a great weakness o [...]

  • In The Glorious Cause, Shaara picks up where he left off in Rise to Rebellion and relates the events of the lion share of the Revolutionary War (the fall of 1776 to the final negotiations in 1783.) Gone are many of the characters so crucial to the Declaration of Independence and greater space is given to the key players of the war: Washington, Greene, and Cornwallis and those crucial diplomats: Franklin and Adams.Shaara does a great job in capturing the desperate nature of the war: Washington se [...]

  • Just like its prequel, this book brings to life the men who fought for, and against, the American cause. Highly readable, and so well researched that you find yourself forgetting that it’s a novel.Each chapter is written from a different person’s view, so that you see the conflict from both sides. Each person is shown in all their complexities, their good qualities as well as their flaws.Another plus, is that the battles are written in such a way to make them palatable to those readers who a [...]

  • If you want an overview of the American Revolution, this book and its predecessor, "Rise to Rebellion", are an excellent source because it takes you beyond what you learned in high school history class, while making it all supremely accessible by turning the tale into a novel rather than a textbook. That isn't to say this is fictionalized or that Shaara took license with it. He relied on first-person accounts and letters and other historical documentation to make the dialogue and recounting of e [...]

  • Jeff Shaara is amazing. I previously loved his Civil war books, Gods and Generals plus The Last Full Measure. If anything this was even better. He can bring it to life with all the despair, doubt and struggle that was involved over the long fight to shake off the yoke of British rule. Although I would have said that I knew a lot about the Revolution, the fact is that I learned so much here. My biggest takeaways were:- There was really no way we should have survived much less won. To quote the ex [...]

  • I cannot say enough good things about this book. For someone like myself who has always been interested in the American Revolution, it is kind of like a dream come true. Equally informative and dramatic, as well as captivating and well-written, this book, as well as the prequel, Rise to Rebellion, are definitely necessities for Americans to read, to fully appreciate what Washington, Greene, Lafayette, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Tilghman, Morgan, Wayne, Knox and many many more went through to se [...]

  • Grayson ColemanMs. Minniear1st period10/11/10The Glorious Cause is a historical fiction book written by Jeff Shaara. It is set in the new country of America during the Revolutionary War. It is told so that all the commanding generals of both sides tell the story. For example one chapter might be titled “Washington“, and the next “Cornwallis.” There is really no main character but here are some of the characters, George Washington, Nathanael Greene, Charles Cornwallis, and William Howe. T [...]

  • The Glorious Cause is the second book in Jeff Shaara’s narration of the American Revolution. Having read and loved the first, I already knew what I was in for when I picked up this novel. Wow! Shaara is such a master at presenting history in a way that is thrilling and even, at times, nailbiting. It doesn’t matter that we already know how the story turns out, this book is fantastic!Again, Shaara changes perspective with each chapter, featuring such important players as George Washington, Cha [...]

  • The Glorious Cause is a very well written and often times epic in scope novel about the Revolutionary War. It mostly uses the point of view of the major people involved in the war, primarily through the eyes of George Washington, who is more or less the central character of the novel. Shaara really goes through great pains to show the struggles that the Colonialists had to go through before things finally turned around. They had to show amazing resiliency overcoming horrible situations. It’s o [...]

  • The Glorious Cause is book 2 on of Jeff Shaara’s two book set on the American Revolutionary War. This book really shined through as an excellent piece from Shaara. It goes from the invasion of New York to the siege of Yorktown. The primary focus of the book is the battles and the armies. Shaara writes from the point of view of different people (Washington, Lord Cornwallis, Greene, etc). The history is true; the conversations are Shaara’s idea of what was said. If you are interested in the Am [...]

  • This was a thoroughly researched novel of the American Revolution. This volume focused on the battles of the American Revolution. There was a lot of historical detail added to the story and I found the plotlines dragged at times. The best parts of the story revolved around George Washington trying to get money and supplies for his troops. The "battles" back and forth with the Continental Congress were intriguing and I learned a lot about his struggles behind the scenes. I also liked the Afterwor [...]

  • Jeff Shaara's take on the American Revolution is more detailed and insightful than most. His characters seem to come alive, and so do the events. As much as I thought I knew about the Revolution, through years of reading and research, along comes Shaara to tell me a few things I didn't know. This book was definitely a good investment of my time and effort, considering its informative narrative and insights. Excellent book, hard to put down.

  • Just arrived from USA through BM.This is the second and final volume of the American Revolutionary War series showing why George Washington reached the status of the Father of the United States of America.His military actions as well as his very well planned tactics assured important victories against the Britons together with the French alliance in the figure of General Lafayette.Another magnificent book by Jeff Shaara. Now I must finish the Civil War series.

  • Unabridged audio.I love accounts of the American Revolution. My only regret here is that I have been involved in a move and can't give this book the attention it deserves, I'll probably reread it later. The drama built through use of historical events alongside fictitious and imagined conversation makes a compelling book.

  • Great book! Just visited American battle sites, and the trip sparked my interest in a broader view of history. The book lays out the historical figures, causes and effects, and timeline in an easy to understand read.

  • Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Very well researched and I really like his writing style. As much as I've read about the Revolutionary War, I did learn some new things in this book. I would highly recommend this book.

  • A great book. The author brings history alive with factual data. It was interesting to note the significant role played by France in our independence.

  • Just like the book before, Rise to Rebellion, The Glorious Cause draws you right in. You know the history of the Revolutionary War, although you might have forgotten the details over time, but these books bring our fight for independence alive. You can picture all of it. I also love that while Shaara depicts heroes, they are not perfect. They suffer moments of indecision and difficulty. Finally I like that Shaara includes all the memorable characters, quotes, and events that we remember from tha [...]

  • I heard Jeff Shaara give a talk at my local library a few years ago. How he came to write his first book. Since I enjoy history I got the book "GODS AND GENERALS". been hooked ever I have been hooked ever since to read his works. I really like the idea that he presents both sides of the conflicts from the top generals to the lowly soldier. This book shows how close we came to loosing the American Revaluation, all the interplay between the our army and the different founding fathers try to hold t [...]

  • The second installment of the Revolutionary War by Jeff Shaara. This one told from the perspectives of Franklin, Washington, Nate Green (likely the best general in the American forces) and Opposition General Cornwallis, the pompous ass. This book covers the war years of the Revolution. It's a delight getting into the heads of the greats of the time, wondering if what Shaara put on paper really were the real thoughts and feelings of the main characters. A great read.

  • I've read a lot written by Jeff Shaara. I enjoy his humanizing of the people in our history. Unfortunately, to make a person from history come alive, you need to create dialog. For the most part, records of this dialog do not exist and authors like Jeff Shaara need to fabricate dialog to move the story line. Sometime with in the reading of this book, the dialog seem awkwardly contrived. This is for me my only complaint of this book.

  • A glimpse into the sacrifice of our founding fathers.America did not just happen. It was fought for, and sacrificed for. I have gained a greater appreciation for the sacrifices these great men have endured. I found this book to be readable, without too many stuffy facts to encumber me. This book has introduced many historical jems that I did not know existed. I will be reading more of Mr Sharras works.

  • This was an incredibly in-depth look at the Revolutionary War through the men who led it, from both sides. Shaara does an outstanding job of putting you into the mindsets of Washington, Greene, Cornwallis, Franklin, and others as he walks through the campaigns on American soil and in France. I re-learned quite a bit about this period of history through this novel and the one before it. I would highly recommend it.

  • This is the second in Jeff Shaara’s Revolutionary War books. As I grew up outside Philadelphia the historical figures and battles were all very familiar to me. I enjoyed getting the big picture and overall timeline. At points the novel dragged. This seemed to be as mush due to Shaara’s attention to detail.

  • The first of the two books is more about the men and the excitement leading up to the Revolution. This one has a lot of battle details and you get a little list in the names/places. Still a very good read and a great historical fiction of the Revolutionary War. I admire these men (and women) so much for trying to create a new country.

  • Interesting points of viewGood exposition of points of view of most historical figures of the American revolution. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Learned many aspects of the war and North American and British strategies.

  • Enjoyed the interplay among the historical characters which made them more human. I always am careful to remember that this is a novel and while mostly historically accurate certain liberties may have been taken.

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