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The Great Upheaval by Jay Winik
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Jan 01, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: history
Read in February, 2009

The Great Upheaval by Jay Winik is written to be a history of nations during the 1788-1800 time period. For me it became a macro analysis of the birth of the United States. This history includes the philosophers and philosophies that influenced the Revolution. One of the intriguing parts of The Great Upheaval is the history behind the countries that did not on the surface play a large role in the Revolutionary War but made decisions that without would have changed the outcome that we know. Most history books become so broad that they miss important details, while others focus so much on one individual or a single event that the larger picture is lacking. This book does well at looking at individuals, events, all the while bringing in the larger picture. Jay Winik does an excellent job comparing some of the greatest individuals to walk the earth.
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