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The Glorious Cause (American Revolutionary War (1770-1783) #2)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  3,970 ratings  ·  234 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 638 pages
Published June 3rd 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published November 2002)
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Mr. Matt
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 weak
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Joe
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
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Carl Alves
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 one ...more
Jaret
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 ...more
Suzanne
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, Charles
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Grayson Coleman
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10/11/10
The 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.
The story
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Charles Cummings
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 Americ ...more
Jim
A significant historical novel regarding the founding of our nation and those who put our the total effort to bring forth the United States of America. It is a novel because there is this magnificent dialogue between all of the characters represented. When you read the notes section you see the tremendous amount of research that went into the novel. Of course what is absent is the actual conversations that happened, and the precise moments of events, but there is a good track record so one is ab ...more
Laura
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.
Mike (the Paladin)
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.
Barbara
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.
Abe
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.
Dan Hoots
It is quite obvious that the author has done his research in order to help him to fill in the blanks to create a flowing description of the Revolutionary War. He really makes you feel as if you are right there in the midst of everything. His depictions of the sufferings of the Continental Army were very intense. He goes to the added trouble to show why Gen. Washington had so many problems getting his campaign on a roll. This book has sold me on the author and I will be reading his other books.
Steven Peterson
Jeff Shaara has written his familiar novels about a number of wars--beginning with his Civil War novels, and continuing with works on the Mexican War, World Wars I and II. This fictional narrative explores the Revolutionary War.

His by-now-familiar style of using several characters to report on the events works reasonably well, although it sometimes prevents a birds-eye view from a larger perspective.

In this volume, key actors include George Washington, his crack lieutenant Nathanael Greene, Be
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Frank
It's been a long time since I laid down a book having finished it completely, and come away with the same feeling of thorough satisfaction. Rise to Rebellion and The Glorious Cause by Jeff Shaara completely filled the hours of my evenings and nourished my thoughts for almost three months. Never once did my interest lag as so often had happened in the past when working through the twists and turns of some fictional novel. It's true I had come to these books with an already piqued interest in hist ...more
John
Thanks to an old friend for both introducing me to and loaning me this book. Right along the same vein as the Biography of John Adams I read, this book deals with the American Revolution. While not 100% verifiable - it IS historical fiction, it feels just right to me. The research meshes with that done for John Adams. Interestingly, he is almost completely absent from this book, so it makes a good companion piece, as they complement each other.

I gained a(nother) new appreciation for the way Prov
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Nathaniel
Nathaniel read this book, thought, "my, this book is a piece of crap and Jeff Shaara is a lazy hack coasting off of his much more talented father's reputation." Sitting in a train station in Spokane for 14 hours with nothing but a half-filled container of sunflower seeds, he cursed the bookstore at which he had purchased this volume for $2. Then the British attacked uneventfully and he got to meet George Washington engaged in existential struggle. Or something.

Seriously, though, this is just ab
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Rachel G
This is the story of the American Revolution as told by the men who fought in it and for it. Shaara is known for this style of storytelling, and it is done very well in this novel. Those who help narrate the story include George Washington, Charles Cornwallis, Benjamin Franklin, and Nathaniel Greene. Because of the variety of points of view, this historical fiction takes place everywhere from Paris to New York to Yorktown. It shows just how close the war was, especially in its infancy. An indepe ...more
Don
This is an extraordinary, historical novel by Jeff Shaara.

From the opening chapter about the murder of a fisherman in Brooklyn’s Graveshead Bay by invading, sea-borne British troops (which in present day is nestled between the Verrazano Bridge to the north, and Sea Gate to the south), Shaara’s descriptive writing, coupled with his historically accurate research, creates a book of epic proportions, which left me extremely disappointed that his 638 page, single-spaced, page-turner, had to actuall
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Chris
The second half/conclusion of Shaara's Revolutionary War narrative focuses primarily on the military aspects, mostly from the perspectives of Washington, Greene and Cornwallis. The diplomatic end of the story appears through Franklin's eyes, but somewhat infrequently. Other characters prominent in the first book, such as John Adams, are barely mentioned in the second.

I did enjoy it - personally, I find the earlier days of the Revolution (the events covered in the first book) to be of greater int
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Jonelle
May 14, 2007 Jonelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, fans of historical fiction
Shelves: hist-fict
I ended up loving this book more by the end than I initially did.

(One point of personal interest for me as realizing how many Revolutionary figures are notable names near where I live (Greene, Pickens, Huger, Sumter, Marion...)..all streets and counties near me.)

But the main love I have for this book comes from the re-awakening about just how amazing it is that a scrappy bunch of farmers and craftsmen beat the most professional and experienced army in the Western world at the time. The passages
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Pat
The only class in high school (or anywhere else for that matter) that I got a D was History. That was more about the teacher (thanks Mr. Bentavegna, you small minded, sarcastic twit) than the subject matter. I used the think, about History, "why remember and learn by rote what we did before? What is going on now and how do I need to prepare for the future?" Even after college, anything about history bored me silly. This book changed my life in that regard! Shaara puts on paper a way to relate to ...more
Cindy
Themes: freedom, class, politics, war, destiny, sacrifice

Think you know the Revolutionary War? So did I, but I find the more I read, the more I didn't know. This book picks up with Brooklyn and goes through to the final siege of Yorktown.

Nobody writes war stories like Shaara. He does such a great job of describing the key figures, of telling the story behind the conflict, and of explaining where things are happening. I have a hard time picturing things out without a map. I'm not really a visual
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Tom Fehringer
Overall, Jeff Shaara gives us a fairly entertaining, enjoyable, and therefore much more memorable retelling of the Revolutionary War. There were some parts of this book that I thought dragged a bit at times. This might have been purposeful since the periods that dragged were 'down times' during the war. As such it seemed a bit slower than Rise to Rebellion. Stll, the story gives a good sense of the political background on both sides of the Atlantic (including in France), as well as the difficult ...more
Ryan
Mar 09, 2008 Ryan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans, history-lovers, non-readers with short attention spans
I have been waiting several years to hear how the American Revolution concluded :) Now I no longer have to wait for David McCullough to write a 1777.

Again, Jeff Shaara delivers in a real, living way the heroes & villian* of our nation's founding. The story gets considerably more complex as Washington moves on from the victory at Boston and upholds the Declaration of Independence. If I hadn't been reasonably sure of the victor, I would've reached into my CD player and strangled Charles Lee an
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Mary Karlee
I loved this book! I found my heart beating as each new battle unfolded. Of course I knew the Americans won the war, but since my Revolutionary War knowledge was limited to cliches like "the crossing of the Delaware" and names like Vally Forge, I never knew how each individual battle would turn out. I surprised myself by really getting into the battle strategies and even studying maps. I now have such a profound admiration for George Washington, too. What a great leader! We won the war, but it t ...more
David
This epic sequel to "Rise to Rebellion" continues the story of the American Revolution, with this novel covering the years following the signing of the Declaration of Independence through the war's conclusion. Shaara does an admirable job of covering so much action and history through the eyes of several characters. My only complaint is that, while "Rise to Rebellion" included the battles as well as the pursuit of the congress and some of the home lives, this book is almost exclusively about the ...more
Jones
I don't think this was as good as the better books that Shaara has written. I definitely enjoyed learning more about the key players in the Revolutionary War, but this seemed to be more of a historical summary then a story like some of his other books. Not bad, just not as good as his World War I or II books.
Tyler Lee
I was very happy with the way this book turned out. You end up reading it and knowing what the outcome is going to be but the journey to get there is what makes all of the Shaaras' books so interesting to read. I was sad however that I did not realize there was a prequel to this book called Rise to Rebellion.
Nathaniel
I really enjoyed this book. And yes, I like commas (but not as much as this author). I usually prefer history books to historical fiction, but this was very good. It had enough details to keep me interested and didn't get too ridiculous. It had a nice balance of emotions, speaking, and nuggets of fact.
You really get hooked on the book because it plays out the Revolutionary War from the first-person viewpoints of the people who made it happen. The events and timeline are real, but obviously the d
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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 know ...more
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