John Ferling


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John E. Ferling is a professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia. A leading authority on American Revolutionary history, he is the author of several books, including "A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic", "Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence", and his most recent work, "The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon". He has appeared in television documentaries on PBS, the History Channel, C-SPAN Book TV, and the Learning Channel.

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Almost a Miracle: The Ameri...

4.13 avg rating — 2,591 ratings — published 2007 — 9 editions
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Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tu...

3.97 avg rating — 2,172 ratings — published 2004 — 14 editions
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John Adams: A Life

4.13 avg rating — 1,485 ratings — published 1992
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The Ascent of George Washin...

3.94 avg rating — 924 ratings — published 2009 — 10 editions
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A Leap in the Dark: The Str...

4.10 avg rating — 665 ratings — published 2003 — 7 editions
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Jefferson and Hamilton: The...

3.90 avg rating — 830 ratings — published 2013 — 7 editions
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Independence: The Struggle ...

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Whirlwind: The American Rev...

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Setting the World Ablaze: W...

4.07 avg rating — 137 ratings — published 2000 — 4 editions
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The First of Men: A Life of...

3.98 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 1988
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“Gates should have exceeded Washington as a military leader. He had long experience in a professional army and was more loved by his men. But Washington's character was superior to that of his rival, and it made him a great man, whereas Gates was merely a good soldier.”
John Ferling, Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence

“Fame had been democratized. During most of history only members of the privileged classes had possessed a realistic opportunity to achieve majestic fame, but in the eighteenth century it has been demonstrated repeatedly, by men such as Franklin, for instance, that fame might be achieved by men born into a lesser social rank.”
John Ferling, Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution

“As Washington, Adams, and Jefferson reached the cusp of adulthood, each exhibited a passion for independence. Each hungered for emancipation from the entanglements of childhood and sought to carve out an autonomous existence. The handmaiden to each young man's zeal for self-mastery was a propulsive ambition that drove him to yearn for more than his father had attained, for more even than his father had ever hoped to achieve.”
John Ferling, Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution



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