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

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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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Published (first published October 28th 1998)
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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...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...more
Grayson Coleman
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...more
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
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.
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Beverly
This was a read-aloud book for Jim and I. Very well-written; it brings the American Revolution to life. And it certainly makes one appreciate George Washington--he is The Father of the Country on more than one level. Shaara says, "By his patience, dignity, perseverance,and his unwavering devotion to his cause, he is entitled to claim absolute responsibility for those triumphs that ensured the existence of the United States of America."
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...more
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
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...more
Brian
I just re-read this (11/8/2013-12/21/2013). I decided to go back and read it again after realizing I had not read its predecessor, Rise to Rebellion. So I decided to read them both, in order.

The Glorious Cause is a good story, focusing on the revolutionary war from the declaration of independence (1776) to the surrender of the British at Yorktown (1781). The narrative is seen through the lens of George Washington, Ben Franklin, General Cornwallis, and a host of other contemporaries of theirs. W...more
Adam
In the weeds view of the American Revoluion. A great reminder of how difficult it was to fight for independence. Washington and his generals portrayed as mere human beings...praying for victory, using deceit, hiding and trickery more often really then they jam it down the British throats. The soldiers have little training, little supplies, little food exposed to all elements from humidity and insects to snow and frostbite. Relying on things like hope, prayer, and the will of the colonists to aid...more
Bryn Dunham
A good book for making history interesting and entertaining for anybody unfamiliar with the American Revolution. This is the second book in a two book series that takes place between the Battle of Long Island in 1776 and concludes in Yorktown in 1781 through the perspective of key figures of the time.

Pros: Entertaining book for a "history virgin".

Cons: Too simple for serious history buffs. With all the battles, generals, and politics of the Revolution, I think Shaara was over ambitious by maki...more
Dave
Oh you crazy Americans! Marching and fighting and marching some more, standing and shooting and running and charging...what a way to make a country. Book is a continuation of Rise to Rebellion, but focuses on the fighting versus those dastardly British after the Declaration of Independence. Good book. Learned a lot (for example: Nathan Hale was a U.S spy who was hanged by the British. Who knew? Well, I suppose most Americans would. Driving through Connecticut I saw a sign for a Nathan Hale high...more
Mary
Some of the scenes were riveting. I enjoyed getting deeply into this story since, when I think of it, I cannot believe that any group of people would have thought they could take on a superpower like England was at the time and win! What were they thinking?! It was great of Jeff Shaara to do all the research for me so it was in this book. I was on the edge of my seat when George Washington was traveling to West Point and Benedict Arnold was betraying the United States. Although you know it did n...more
Steve
Great description of what happened after the Declaration of Independence was signed and the 13 colonies got organized to wage war against England. This novel depicts George Washington as the courageous and disciplined leader that he truly was. Anyone remotely interested in how our union was founded needs to read this book, especially high school students. The scene at the end of the book where Washington is saying good bye to his troops is beautifully written and very stirring. The other interes...more
Jennifer
This was a pretty good book, and to me, it unfolded as if I didn't know the story, which in fact, I didn't. Or I didn't remember enough American history from 10th grade and one or two field trips to amount to anything. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, it was a page turner. Ian and I had listened to Rise to Rebellion (the prequel) once as a book on tape in the car, so I had some context. The author (Jeff Shaara) is the son of the guy who wrote the book Killer Angels (about the c...more
Laura
Three stars looks like a bad review, but it really isn't. I couldn't give it four stars because it was so hard to get into. The writing style was the main thing that tripped me up. I'll paraphrase. 'Cornwallis rode along the Delaware, thought, this war is never going to end if Howe keeps letting those pesky rebels escape.' I had to read all such sentences four times for the first 200 pages or so. Using commas to combine two unrelated sentences was just crazy to me and I always wanted to read the...more
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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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