The Glorious Cause, author Jeff Shaara captures how thirteen colonies
became a nation, taking the conflict from kingdom and courtroom
to the bold and bloody battlefields of war.
It was never a war in which the outcome was obvious. Despite their
spirit and stamina, the colonists were outmanned and outfought by
the brazen British army. General George Washington found his troops
trounced in the battles of Brooklyn and Manhattan and retreated
toward Pennsylvania. With the future of the colonies at its lowest
ebb, Washington made his most fateful decision: to cross the Delaware
River and attack the enemy. The stunning victory at Trenton began
a saga of victory and defeat that concluded with the British surrender
at Yorktown, a moment that changed the history of the world.
The despair and triumph of America’s first great army is conveyed
in scenes as powerful as any Shaara has written, a story told from
the points of view of some of the most memorable characters in American
history. There is George Washington, the charismatic leader who
held his army together to achieve an unlikely victory; Charles Cornwallis,
the no-nonsense British general, more than a match for his colonial
counterpart; Nathaniel Greene, who rose from obscurity to become
the finest battlefield commander in Washington’s army; The Marquis
de Lafayette, the young Frenchman who brought a soldier’s passion
to America; and Benjamin Franklin, a brilliant man of science and
philosophy who became the finest statesman of his day.
From Nathan Hale to Benedict Arnold, William Howe to “Light Horse”
Harry Lee, from Trenton and Valley Forge, Brandywine and Yorktown,
the American Revolution’s most immortal characters and poignant
moments are brought to life in remarkable Shaara style. Yet, The
Glorious Cause is more than just a story of the legendary six-year
struggle. It is a tribute to an amazing people who turned ideas
into action and fought to declare themselves free.
Hardback, 656 pages, 6x9, 2002, $27.95.