When a synthesis elicits fatwas from two giants of the profession (Gordon S. Wood and Edmund S. Morgan) in two of the most popular magazines that review history (New Republic and New York Review of Books), you know the author is onto something. The volume that raised all these hackles is Gary B. Nash's The Unknown American Revolution: The Unreal Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America. No one has done a better job than Nash does here of proving Carl Becker's point that the War of Independence was a struggle not only for home rule but over who should rule at home.


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