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A Struggle for Power: The American Revolution

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rom one of the great political journalists of our time comes a boldly argued reinterpretation of the central event in our collective past--a book that portrays the American Revolution not as a clash of ideologies but as a Machiavellian struggle for power.
Paperback, 560 pages
Published March 25th 1997 by Vintage (first published 1995)
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David Mclaughlin
I decided to read this book after listening to an old interview with the late Christopher Hitchens in which he recommended Mr Draper's book as a excellent read for those who wished to better understand the germinal factors that led up to and caused the American Revolution to occur how and when it did.

I am very glad that I took Mr Hitchens advice as I found Mr. Draper's book both fascinating as well as immensely readable. This work should please both those who are well versed in the subject matte
Scott Ford
The American Revolution as inevitability. Viewing the development of conflict from the perspective that the British had been predicting the conflict for nearly a century opens new perspectives on familiar history.
The New York Times
January 31, 1996
BOOKS OF THE TIMES;A Revolution More About Power Than Principle

A STRUGGLE FOR POWER The American Revolution By Theodore Draper 544 pages. Times Books. $35.

The French and Indian War, as any schoolchild knows, saw the British fighting alongside their American colonists to conquer Canada for the Mother Country. What fewer of us know, as Theodore Draper reminds us in his lengthy and learned new interpretation of the origins of t
Matt Champagne
Thick and well-researched. Big points I remember: The colonists did not think they were apart from England; thy very much thought they were of it; British politicians were quite divided on what the fate of the colonies should be; and how fast rises in population made the colonies quite prosperous quite quickly. Dry, but informative.
This was slow going for me. I prefer micro-histories, focusing more on the individual. This is a great summary of the forces leading to the revolution and in particular has lots of primary sources, letters diaries and pamphlets which give both an insight into the mindsets on both sides of the conflict and a flavor of the times.
Charles Kristofek
Fantastic read. Great insights to the lead up to the revolution. Surprised how young Hamilton and Jefferson were when they started publishing their thoughts (mid 20s). The revolution was unavoidable and recognized as so by the British much earlier (early 1700s) that it would eventually come about due to America's incredible growth in population and wealth. Credit to the British for allowing America the freedom of the press regardless of how revolutionary.
Much more than perhaps you ever wanted to know about how the British government viewed and administered their colonies.
Absorbing, informative, and well-documented. Makes one re-evaluate his or her position on the American revolution.
A through and insightful treatise on the causes and motivations of the American Revolution.
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