An Empire on the Edge

An Empire on the Edge

How Britain Came to Fight America

eBook - 2014
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The story of the American Revolution told from the unique perspective of British Parliament and the streets of London, rather than that of the Colonies. Here, Nick Bunker explores and illuminates the dramatic chain of events that led to the outbreak of the war-revealing a tale of muddle, mistakes, and misunderstandings by men in London that led to the Boston tea party and then to the decision to send redcoats into action against the minutemen. Charting the three years prior to the war during which the British regime in America was already collapsing, Bunker shows how a lethal combination of politics and personalities led to a war that should never have been fought. Revisiting the tea party from the point of view of British economics and drawing upon new and unpublished sources from Britain and the U.S., he argues that thanks to the colonialists' misunderstandings about the strength of British power, and London's inability to take American cries for freedom seriously, both were pushed beyond the point of compromise. The outcome' A war that few welcomed but all were powerless to stop.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2014
ISBN: 9780385351645
038535164X
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Petercb55
Jul 13, 2015

Nick Bunkers intelligent, detailed and rich narrative approach to the origins of the revolutionary war is a breath of fresh air for the reader interested early American history. Bunker's carefully wrought narrative, assesses the impact of inertia, ignorance, fear, and restricted vision on Britain's leaders and politicians as they struggled to understand and cope with an emergent colonial insurgency, while at the same time, keeping their hands busy with a banking crisis and their eyes firmly fixed on the threat from France. A solid, well written historical account of the unraveling of Britain's relationship with her colonial empire.

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StarGladiator
Oct 02, 2014

Screwy book, written by a former investment banker who appears clueless as to the sheer financial underpinnings of the War of the Revolution, from both sides? It was corporate then, and still is corporate, Mr. Bunker. [Wonder what period specifically the author was at HSBC during? Did it overlap their famous drug cartel money laundering decade, possibly?] To better understand this book, and actual financial history, try to read Ellen Brown's book, Web of Debt, and Andro Linklater's book, Why Spencer Percival Had to Die.

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