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Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor
The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776
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"Richard Beeman's account of the movement to American independence is gripping, even if the reader knows the subject well and has no doubt as to how it ends... We are fortunate to have as readable and cogent account of it as Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor." --Federal Lawyer "New insight to an old story... Beeman is a strong, direct writer, adept at bringing historical personalities to life." --Philadelphia Inquirer "Our best history of the Continental Congress and the grand debate that led to independence... With back-room deals and personality clashes in abundance, Beeman's tale of independence is as complex, worldly, and occasionally tedious as modern-day politics." --Books & Culture "You walk away from Our Lives with the undeniable impression that the Founding Fathers really were giants, however flawed, who single-handedly created American democracy." --Slate "Beeman's prose captures those tensions and facilitates the imagination so the reader can feel a part of the debate... Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor is an appropriate complement to David Stewart's The Summer of 1787... Beeman has produced an authoritative account of how this nation was imagined, and how the members from different sections of the continent were able to put aside their differences and to explore their differing philosophical, political and market needs to form an embryonic government that has grown to be a beacon for other communities seeking self-governance." --Roanoke Times "An engaging history of the Founders of 1776." --Booklist "Full of fascinating details." --Publishers Weekly "Lively study of the main players of the two Continental Congresses... Beeman elegantly moves through the deeply compelling process of how these motley characters fashioned government as an agency for the people. A welcome addition to a rich, indispensable field of scholarly study." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review "The American Revolution tends to bring out the best in its chroniclers. Case in point: Richard Beeman's latest book, Our Lives, Our Fortunes, & Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776. It's a charming, fast-paced retelling of a narrative that's been retold a thousand times before... It's not really the historian's trade he's plying in these pages but rather the epic poet's: reciting the grand old stories while the wine of patriot season flows and the night sky over Boston is filled with fireworks. There's a worth to that, and Beeman has written a worthy book." --Open Letters Monthly "This book should be required reading in every college survey course on American History... An outstanding book that should become an instant classic and needs to be on the bookshelf of anyone who fancies themselves knowledgeable about the Revolutionary Period." --Battles & Book Reviews "[Beeman] demonstrates his virtuosity...the book abounds with colorful descriptions and personalities...vivid writing." --Cleveland Plain Dealer "[A] winningly delivered twice-told tale about the founding events of the United States." --New York Times Book Review
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Richard R. Beeman is the John Welsh Centennial Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. The author of six books on the American Revolution and the Constitution, Beeman was a National Book Award finalist for Patrick Henry and winner of the George Washington Book Prize for Plain, Honest Men. He lives in Media, Pennsylvania.