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My American Revolution

Crossing the Delaware and I-78

My American Revolution

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My American Revolution

My American Revolution

Crossing the Delaware and I-78

Audio Library Digital

09/25/2012

700 minutes

9781624060083

Audio Retail Digital

09/25/2012

700 minutes

9781624060090

Audio CD

09/25/2012

10 Audio CD

700 minutes

9781624060069

Audio MP3 CD

09/25/2012

1 Audio MP3 CD

700 minutes

9781624060106

Playaway

09/25/2012

700 minutes

9781624060113

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In My American Revolution, Robert Sullivan investigates the true history of the crossing of the Delaware, its down-home reenactment each year for the past half a century, and - toward the end of a personal odyssey that involves camping in New Jersey backyards, hiking through lost 'mountains,' and eventually some physical therapy - he evacuates illegally from Brooklyn to Manhattan by handmade boat. He recounts a Brooklyn historian's failed attempt to memorialize a colonial Maryland regiment; a tattoo artist's more successful use of a colonial submarine, which resulted in his 2007 arrest by the New York City police and the FBI; and last but not least, along New York harbor, Sullivan re-creates an ancient signal beacon.

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My American Revolution is...an effort to find the past in the present, to reconcile each to the other. At its best, [it] accomplishes this with grace and humor...[It] make[s] us see not merely the revolution but also ourselves in new light., The Washington Post

A nostalgic, witty, and always informative topographic retrospective of the sites pertinent to the American Revolution takes Vogue contributing editor and journalist Sullivan to the action seen by the middle colonies especially - New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey... Sullivan's historic anecdotes form a loose-limbed, irreverent, surprising take on American history., Publishers Weekly

In his meditative, elliptical way, Sullivan does with the Revolutionary era what Tony Horwitz did with the Civil War...he tracks down the re-enactors, amateur historians and oddballs (himself included) for whom the drums of war never really stopped beating., New York Times

Readers are sure to learn plenty from [Sullivan's] travels... Tailor-made for trivia lovers and readers who don't mind the scenic route., Kirkus

[An] engaging, humorous, and often surprising series of personal reflections upon critical episodes in the birth of a nation. Sullivan combines solid historical knowledge, sensitivity to the physical landscape, and a wry sense of the absurdities inherent in mythmaking to provide a thoroughly enjoyable and original perspective on our revolution., Booklist

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