Revolution Song by Russell Shorto

Type: Publications
Price: $17.95


Print editions of Revolution Song are now available for pre-order. Orders will ship in early October. The award-winning author, Russell Shorto, will be speaking at the NYG&B Fall Benefit Luncheon on Friday, October 26 at 12:30 p.m., and will be signing copies of this and his other well-known book about New York, Island at the Center of the World. To learn more about the event and how to purchase tickets, click here.


Russell Shorto’s work has been praised as “first-rate intellectual history” (Wall Street Journal), “literary alchemy” (Chicago Tribune) and simply “astonishing” (New York Times). In his epic new book, Russell Shorto takes us back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters and autobiographies to flesh out six lives that cast the era in a fresh new light. They include an African man who freed himself and his family from slavery, a rebellious young woman who abandoned her abusive husband to chart her own course and a certain Mr. Washington, who was admired for his social graces but harshly criticized for his often-disastrous military strategy.


Through these lives we understand that the revolution was fought over the meaning of individual freedom, a philosophical idea that became a force for violent change. A powerful narrative and a brilliant defense of American values, Revolution Song makes the compelling case that the American Revolution is still being fought today and that its ideals are worth defending.


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