Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America (Paperback)
  • Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America (Paperback)

Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America (Paperback)

Paperback 328 Pages / Published: 14/10/2011
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This thrilling book tells the full story of the an iconic episode in American history, the Boston Tea Party-exploding myths, exploring the unique city life of eighteenth-century Boston, and setting this audacious prelude to the American Revolution in a global context for the first time. Bringing vividly to life the diverse array of people and places that the Tea Party brought together-from Chinese tea-pickers to English businessmen, Native American tribes, sugar plantation slaves, and Boston's ladies of leisure-Benjamin L. Carp illuminates how a determined group of New Englanders shook the foundations of the British Empire, and what this has meant for Americans since. As he reveals many little-known historical facts and considers the Tea Party's uncertain legacy, he presents a compelling and expansive history of an iconic event in America's tempestuous past.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300178128
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 23 mm

"A wise and illuminating study."-Simon Schama, Newsweek
"A sterling account."-Michael Kenney, The Boston Globe
"Assiduously researched."-Caleb Crain, The New Yorker
"A thoughtful, balanced corrective to partisan treatments of the Boston Tea Party."-Maya Jasanoff, The Guardian
"Carp is a historian with a talent for people and place."-David Aaronovitch, The Times
"His vivid reimagining of this weird event evokes the smell of the tea, the creaking of decks and groaning of ropes, and even the `satisfying plunk, slap, hiss as the clumps of tea made contact with the water.'"-The Guardian
"... [an] impressively researched account."-T. H. Breen, Times Literary Supplement
"[Carp's] book will tell you everything you could possibly want to know about the Boston Tea Party. His research is meticulous."-Raymond Seitz, Literary Review
"An illuminating account of a singular moment in history."-Siobhan Murphy, Metro
"Carp's excellent book offers much to those interested in America, past and present."-Jeremy Black, Journal of American Studies
"A highly detailed account of a critical precursor to the American Revolution and a formative event in US cultural identity."-Colm Farren, Irish Times
Winner of the 2010 Best Book on the Era of the American Revolution Award given by the American Revolution Round Table of New York
Selected as a 2011 Must-Read book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book
Winner of the 2013 Society of the Cincinnati Cox Book Prize
"Benjamin Carp has written the definitive book on the Boston Tea Party, the epic event that catapulted colonists and mother country toward a war that changed the world."-John Ferling, author of The Ascent of George Washington
"In this vivid, dramatic and superbly researched book, Benjamin Carp provides fresh insights into important subjects that have long puzzled historians: the collective character of patriot leadership, the marathon meetings of the five thousand Bostonians who deliberated on a course of action and the men who actually did the heavy work of destroying the tea. Essential reading for anyone who takes the American Revolution seriously."-Alfred F. Young, author of The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution

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