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Rise to Rebellion (American Revolutionary War (1770-1783) #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  4,490 ratings  ·  348 reviews
Jeff Shaara dazzled readers with his bestselling novels Gods and Generals, The Last Full Measure, and Gone for Soldiers. Now the acclaimed author who illuminated the Civil War and the Mexican-American War brilliantly brings to life the American Revolution, creating a superb saga of the men who helped to forge the destiny of a nation.

In 1770, the fuse of revolution is lit b
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Hardcover, 492 pages
Published July 3rd 2001 by The Ballantine Book Publishing Group (first published July 2001)
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Ryan
Jan 01, 2008 Ryan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Americans, history-lovers, non-readers with short attention spans
Recommended to Ryan by: Darrin Shaw
Great book. First, I love that it's in novel form; this makes it much more engaging than, say, 1776, which although filled with great info, was kinda dry and hard to get into. Second, Shaara makes the characters so memorable. He has a great knack for bringing characters to life, and while I'm fairly sure he just turns letters into thought monologues, or exchanged letters into conversations, I don't mind. Third, I liked the changing viewpoints and how the story, when told from a British viewpoint ...more
booklady
In Rise to Rebellion Jeff Shaara tells the story of the years leading up the start of the American Revolution and the early days of the fledgling American colonies as they discern who they are and what they must do to achieve what they need.

It is the story of a growing awareness – as told from the vantage of several prominent contemporaries of the era, specifically Sam, John and Abigail Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Gage, and George Washington with others figuring in more minor capacities – of the
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Stacy
I had few expectations for this book; it was a used bookstore find. I read it in September, just as I was gearing up to teach American history. So the timing was perfect: this is a book about the early American Revolutionary period, with great details about the battles in Lexington and Concord and the Continental Congress meetings. The history is solid and sound; with enough details for someone well-versed in the subject. I would think that readers who don't teach US history for a living would a ...more
Adam
May 28, 2010 Adam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who has a pulse!

If you are a fan of American history and the events leading up to and during the revolution this book and its sequal "The Glorious Cause" are a MUST READ! As far as historical fiction authors go, Jeff Shaara is unparalleled in his ability to give the reader a since of the "everyday" thoughts and actions of history's most prominent fiugres as well as the common citizen/soldier. Benjiman Frankilin and George Washington to Lord Cornwallis and General Howe are transformed from an idea to living, bre
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Barbm1020
This book made the roots of the American Revolution clearer to me. I met the Sons of Liberty as real people, and Ben Franklin, and George Washington and the other movers & shakers who drew the Colonies together in defense against the tyranny of the British governors and the Redcoats. It reads like a great novel, but it's history, told in a more lively way here than in our old High School textbooks.
Laura
Just arrived from USA through BM.

Page 46:
Colonists cannot be represented inParliament. Never will be. They simply are not an equal part of the empire. They are not, nor will they ever be, Englishmen.
Benjamin Franklin

Page 48:
You cannot suddenly decide to tax us, exploit us, drain our resources. You cannot do with us as you please. With your wast army and your great navy, you may have the power. But you do not have the right.
Benjamin Franklin

This is the first book of the series American Revolution
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Joe
I recently reread this excellent historical novel in preparation for my first visit to that cradle of American democracy, Philadelphia. The second reading was even more satisfying than the first. Shaara's novel opens in 1770 at the Boston "Massacre" and concludes with the tremendously moving scene of George Washington having the Declaration of Independence read aloud to his troops in 1776. Shaara tells each chapter from the perspective of a different historical figure, (Washington, Adams, Frankl ...more
Joe Woods
In the Shaara style, I was bounced around to the worlds of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Gage, and others. The time frame is from Spring of 1770 to the summer of 1776 and the primary settings are Boston, London, and Philadelphia.
If you have read and enjoyed McCullough's, "1776", and/or watched the HBO series, "John Adams", you will thoroughly enjoy comparing and contrasting them to the Shaara book as you read it.
I found that I became so immersed in the plight of Bos
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Ob-jonny
The interesting thing about this book is that it allows the reader to experience history in the format of the founding fathers speaking in everyday dialogue. It lets the reader experience what it would have actually been like to be there as it was happening. Ordinary history will give a summary of events and their significance but this book gave a look at the more human side of the historical events. For instance, it described how nervous John Adams was when he addressed a group at a town hall m ...more
Darin
I love books about the American Revolution time period. This is definitely one of my favorites. Jeff Shaara has hit upon a great formula which pulls you into the story and teaches something along the way. He does a great job of using fictionalized dialog to convey history without straying too far from the facts. I definitely recommend this book as a starting place for anyone interested in learning more about the founding of our country.
Frank
Very good reading! What I most enjoyed about this book was the ease with which I could lay it down for extended periods and pick it up right where I left off, without any lag in interest. This is not always easy for me with standard fictional novels. The fact that this is a"novel," though absolutely historically-based, made it more stable in its connection to truth - i.e. the characters were already well-known to me and digging back into who they were, what their backgrounds were, etc., was neve ...more
Alicja
rating: 4.5/5

This is a mix of fiction and nonfiction, the events of the 1770s are seen through the POVs of figures such as John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, General Gage, Paul Revere, General Washington, etc.; each of these men a prominent figure in the American Revolution. From the Boston Massacre through the 1770s, it explores the lives and minds of some of the most prominent historical figures as tensions between England and the American colonies intensity resulting in rebellion and war.

Even th
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Jared
I picked up this book on my own for the chance to get a better look into the colonies and American revolution for my AP US history class and i must say i was pulled into the fictional prospective style of writing than i thought i would be. The books a great read and easy to understand giving both perspectives of English foot soldiers to American radicals. It contains a lot more information than you would think and conveniently places it all in a better to understand time sequence instead of just ...more
Victoria_Grossack Grossack
I looked forward to this book because I really enjoyed Jeff Shaara’s The Steel Wave, an exciting novel which made me feel as if I were experiencing D-Day myself (but without the personal danger). Alas, Rise to Rebellion, a novel covering the events leading up to the revolutionary war, is not nearly as good.

In order to cover the important events, Shaara goes from one leading character to another. Instead of getting us started with the action immediately in each scene, Shaara spends many paragraph
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Chris
Having never read any of Shaara's Civil War works, I was new to his writing but enjoyed this immensely and am currently reading the second part of the story, "Glorious Cause". The book recounts the period of 1770-1776, from the Boston Massacre to the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, as a well-executed novel, primarily from the perspectives of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, General Gage, and, much later in the book, George Washington. Drawn primarily from their own written words, Shaa ...more
David Felder
Remember all the stuff you learned in grade school about the American Revolution? Neither do I. Hey - it was over 40 years ago.

The "Rise to Rebellion," and its successor, "The Glorious Cause," make the entire historical event come alive. Now, of course a lot of the dialog and many of the events in the book need to be taken with a bit of skepticism, because who knows what George Washington really said or thought? But like any good piece of fiction, you are able to suspend your disbelief to enjoy
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David Galloway
After writing two novels to complete a Civil War trilogy started by his father's novel The Killer Angels, Jeff Shaara took what he learned about writing historical novels to the Revolutionary War and penned the excellent Rise to Rebellion. The timeframe is just before the Boston Massacre and the book closes with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Shaara does a wonderful job of bringing our national forefathers to life, particularly with John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, both of whom ...more
Olivia
This is a historical fiction book about essentially the 'rise to rebellion'. It starts with the Boston Massacre and ends with the Declaration of Independence. This book is good because it was one I could get into. I tried 1776 and had no luck. This was awesome because you get the feeling like you're actually there. At times, it seemed like it was never going to end though, after all it is 548 pages. Also, when there are more than one person's perspective to read from, I sometimes become attached ...more
Julia
I loved this book. Jeff Shaara takes you on a journey through the leading days to the American Revolution through the eyes of Ben Franklin, John (and Abigail) Adams, George Washington, and British General Thomas Gage. We see the Boston Massacre, the turmoil surrounding taxation, and the attempts to get Parliament and the King to treat the colonies as regular citizens. The characterizations and plot development make this book flow very well; you learn about people's background and motivations tha ...more
Annie
I continue enjoy Jeff Shaaras books and this is no exception. Having read David McCoullough's amazing "1776" and also "John Adams" I was surprised to see these characters again in fresh ways, and gained some renewed appreciation for the story of the American Revolution. I felt it dragged a little in the pacing at times but that may be partly because I was so accustomed to Shaara's skill in describing battle scenes from his Civil War books and this book had only one battle scene in it. He does ho ...more
Joe
Incredible history layed out marvelously by Jeff Shaara. I've been addicted to his writing since I discovered him and the books never let me down. Appropriately I finished "Rise to Rebellion" on the 5th of July....next up is "The Glorious Cause."
Every American should be well aware of what transpired throughout the 1770's in America and who the men were, like Sam Adams to name just one, that had such foresight and risked everything for freedom.
Juliana Baioni
I LOVED this book. The time of the American Revolution is one of my favorite topics to study in American history. It's also one that I think we need to constantly revisit to remind ourselves where we came from and for what purpose we serve. Reading this book was like being there, next to the famous personalities of history. I couldn't put it down and had to but the sequel immediately after I finished.

I realize, of course, that this is historical fiction and so there are added elements to help b
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Dan
Incredible book about the people and events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. This is technically historical fiction because Shaara integrates potential dialog and fleshes out social interactions of the lead characters. This makes the story of the pre-revolutionary war period flow a little more and makes it a bit easier and funner to read. At the end of the day though you get the impression that Shaara has been extremely faithful to the key players and events. I learned more about Fr ...more
CJ
he first in a two part series on the Revolutionary War, Rise to Rebellion is relatively good, though I wouldn't put it as high on the list as Shaara's Civil War works. Rise to Rebellion is the story of the events leading up to the Declaration of Independance and the battles of the Revolutionary War. The main characters include Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and George Washington from the Colonial side and General Thomas Gage on the British side.

It was an interesting tale, as it chronicled events
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Kimberly
I've always loved American History, especially the Revolutionary War time, so this book has been on my TBR pile for awhile now. Despite the fact that I own the book I decided to pick up the audiobook at the library to listen to while I work. The audio book is read by Victor Garber and he was great. He did a great job with the character voices, including British and American accents. My only complaint about the audio book was that it was the abridged version! Apparently the unabridged version is ...more
Brian
Revolutionary War stories make me oddly nostalgic: I was in grade school in 1976, during the big bicentennial. For over a year leading up to July 4, 1976 everything was all about the history of the American Revolution. To such an extent that I became tired of it all, because it preempted the normal Saturday morning bugs bunny cartoons with boring history stuff.

Well, The Rise to Rebellion is a fantastic story of the origins of the war, (from 1770 through 1776) which makes me wish I had a time ma
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Nancy
I was never able in school to keep the names and dates of event straight or to understand how event influenced the Revolutionaly War. Why was Boston such a nest of dissatisfaction and why is it considered the home of the movemet for independence? Mr Shaara, through the review of letters and public documents creates characters from our American past that have personalities, families and opinions - He manages to put these together in a way that makes the pre Revolutionay War years make sense - whi ...more
Ryan
I read this for the second time recently, to dust off some of my Revolutionary War history. The author hits the highlights of the decades leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The book is presented mostly from the perspective of John Adams and Ben Franklin, with a few of the British thrown in for good measure.

I found the story solid, and Adams was very thoughtful and likeable character. Reading this book helped me get a more human perspective on the events leading
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Suzanne
“Now, after nearly two years, the conflicts between the citizens of Boston and the soldiers had become more than the unpleasant argument, the occasional barroom brawl. The discipline of troops had begun to slip; men became frustrated by the hostility around them, the taunts and minor assaults, and when the officers were not close, many of the soldiers had begun to strike back.”

Opening with the skirmish often called “The Boston Massacre”, Shaara puts the reader smack dab in the middle of a confl
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Thom Swennes
This is my first introduction to Jeff Shaara. I have, however, read The Killer Angels written by his father, Michael. I started this book with high expectations as he has written a number of novels covering the American Revolution and Civil War. Rise to Rebellion is the first of a two volume series, the sequel being The Glorious Cause.
The subject we generally refer to as history can be divided into two parts, cause and effect. In most schools and the text books used there, the effect takes pre
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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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“Dickinson left the rostrum to applause, loud shouts of approval. Franklin was surprised, looked toward Adams, who returned the look, shook his head. The chamber was dismissed, and Franklin pushed himself slowly up out of the chair. He began to struggle a bit, pain in both knees, the stiffness holding him tightly, felt a hand under his arm.
“Allow me, sir.” Adams helped him up, commenting as he did so, “We have a substantial lack of backbone in this room, I’m afraid.”
Franklin looked past him, saw Dickinson standing close behind, staring angrily at Adams, reacting to his words.
“Mr. Dickinson, a fine speech, sir,” said Franklin.
Adams seemed suddenly embarrassed, did not look behind him, nodded quickly to Franklin, moved away toward the entrance. Franklin saw Dickinson following Adams, began to follow himself. My God, let’s not have a duel. He slipped through the crowd of delegates, making polite acknowledgments left and right, still keeping his eye on Dickinson. The man was gone now, following Adams out of the hall. Franklin reached the door, could see them both, heard the taller man call out, saw Adams turn, a look of surprise. Franklin moved closer, heard Adams say, “My apologies for my indiscreet remark, sir. However, I am certain you are aware of my sentiments.” Dickinson seemed to explode in Adams’ face. “What is the reason, Mr. Adams, that you New England men oppose our measures of reconciliation? Why do you hold so tightly to this determined opposition to petitioning the king?” Franklin heard other men gathering behind him, filling the entranceway, Dickinson’s volume drawing them. He could see Adams glancing at them and then saying, “Mr. Dickinson, this is not an appropriate time...” “Mr. Adams, can you not respond? Do you not desire an end to talk of war?” Adams seemed struck by Dickinson’s words, looked at him for a long moment. “Mr. Dickinson, if you believe that all that has fallen upon us is merely talk, I have no response. There is no hope of avoiding a war, sir, because the war has already begun. Your king and his army have seen to that. Please, excuse me, sir.” Adams began to walk away, and Franklin could see Dickinson look back at the growing crowd behind him, saw a strange desperation in the man’s expression, and Dickinson shouted toward Adams, “There is no sin in hope!”
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