This book club is for people who'd like to learn more about the world by reading non-fiction and having thought-provoking discussions.
Titles to span diverse subjects like politics, history, philosophy, science, biographies, and anything else we'd like to pursue.
We meet on the first Sunday of the month at 3pm at Nicola's Books. We'll be selecting new reads based on member suggestions and popular vote. When a poll is announced, go to the desktop version of the site where there is a menu bar near the top. Click on More and Select Polls.
We will be discussing "American Revolutions: A Continental History,[masked]" by Alan Taylor.
Overview from Google Books:
"The American Revolution is often portrayed as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the nation its democratic framework. Alan Taylor, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, gives us a different creation story in this magisterial history. The American Revolution builds like a ground fire overspreading Britain’s colonies, fueled by local conditions and resistant to control. Emerging from the continental rivalries of European empires and their native allies, the revolution pivoted on western expansion as well as seaboard resistance to British taxes. When war erupted, Patriot crowds harassed Loyalists and nonpartisans into compliance with their cause. The war exploded in set battles like Saratoga and Yorktown and spread through continuing frontier violence.
The discord smoldering within the fragile new nation called forth a movement to concentrate power through a Federal Constitution. Assuming the mantle of “We the People,” the advocates of national power ratified the new frame of government. But it was Jefferson’s expansive “empire of liberty” that carried the revolution forward, propelling white settlement and slavery west, preparing the ground for a new conflagration."