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Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution by [Christopher S. Wren]
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“Ethan Allen's legend forever floats above the highest peak in the Green Mountains. But if you want to know the real man in all his human foibles and grandiosities, here is Chris Wren waiting at the base of the mountain with a story to tell you.”—Joseph J. Ellis, author of the forthcoming American Dialogue: The Founders and Us

“One British general called the Green Mountain Boys ‘the most active and most rebellious race of the continent.’ He knew, because they beat him in the field. Christopher Wren tells a lively, detailed story of revolution on America's northern frontier.”—Richard Brookhiser, author of John Marshall and Founders' Son

“In this compelling page-turner, Christopher Wren takes us behind the swashbuckling myth of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys to the gritty reality—the true military leader of Vermont’s legendary “Boys” was Seth Warner, who was destined to die a pauper, without honors from the emerging nation he served brilliantly.  Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom takes readers on a wild ride through the northern campaigns of the Revolution while providing essential corrections to history’s sometimes fickle verdicts.”—David O. Stewart, author of The Summer of 1787 and Madison’s Gift

“Wren fleshes out a lesser-known aspect of the Revolutionary War in this engrossing account of the Green Mountain Boys militia and its complicated role in the struggle for independence. . . . Wren vividly brings to life characters and events.”—Publishers Weekly

“Chris Wren’s Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom shatters legends and long-standing Vermont creation myths.  Few iconic heroes remain untouched, surely not Ethan Allen.  The origins of the Green Mountain State and its indefatigable, practical, hard-bargaining, tough, Yankee pioneers is a masterful story.”—James Wright,  President Emeritus and Professor of History Emeritus, Dartmouth College

“A focused history of Ethan Allen and his men, who faced "some of the harshest combat in the American Revolution" and "made their own rules to create an independent republic, called Vermont." . . . fluid and well-researched.”—Kirkus Reviews

“There is no shortage of books about the America Revolution; to stand out, a work must reveal new insights effectively. Wren has just done that by superbly telling how the American Revolution played out within Vermont, both on the battlefield and on the home front. . . . Highly recommended for those seeking an excellent read about the nuances of the Revolution or Vermont's independent leanings.”—Library Journal

“In his surprising and interesting new account, Wren confirms that Allen and his “Boys” were indeed excellent fighters, but what exactly they were fighting for is another question. . . . Wren provides a useful, informative reexamination of an often-misunderstood aspect of the American Revolution.”—Booklist

Wren explores the myths as well as the realities faced by this particularly hardy band of soldiers and their crucial contribution to the Revolutionary War. A worthy addition to the canon of works written about this fractious period in this country’s history. ― Addison County Independent --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Christopher S. Wren retired from The New York Times after nearly twenty-nine years as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor. He headed the Times’ news bureaus in Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, Ottawa, and Johannesburg; covered the United Nations; and reported from the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and Canada. He taught at Princeton University before coming to Dartmouth, where he is visiting professor in its Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. He is the author of Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B075RTR4SX
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster; Unabridged edition (8 May 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2955 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 321 pages
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