Those Turbulent Sons Of Freedom: Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys And The American Revolution
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Heroes and villains of the Green Mountains
Ethan Allen is hailed as a hero of the American Revolution and a patriotic son of Vermont—but does the myth hold up to reality?
Allen and his fabled Green Mountain Boys were ruffians who joined the rush for cheap land on the northern frontier of the colonies in the years before the war. Although Allen captured Fort Ticonderoga in 1775, George Washington was leery of his recklessness and refused to send him additional troops. In an ill-advised attempt to seize Montreal, Allen was captured and spent two years as a prisoner in England. And after the war, he attempted to turn the independent republic of Vermont into a British province.
Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom takes a fresh, unsentimental look at one of the Revolution’s enduring icons.
“Ethan Allen's legend forever floats above the highest peak in the Green Mountains. But if you want to know the real man in all his human foibles and grandiosities, here is Christopher Wren waiting at the base of the mountain with a story to tell you.”—Joseph J. Ellis, author of the forthcoming American Dialogue: The Founders and Us
“In this compelling page-turner, Christopher Wren takes us behind the swashbuckling myth of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys to the gritty reality—the true military leader of Vermont’s legendary ‘Boys’ was Seth Warner, who was destined to die a pauper, without honors from the emerging nation he served brilliantly. Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom takes readers on a wild ride through the northern campaigns of the Revolution while providing essential corrections to history’s sometimes fickle verdicts.”—David O. Stewart, author of The Summer of 1787 and Madison’s Gift
“Wren fleshes out a lesser-known aspect of the Revolutionary War in this engrossing account of the Green Mountain Boys militia and its complicated role in the struggle for independence. . . . Wren vividly brings to life characters and events.”—Publishers Weekly
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|Release Date:||May 8, 2018|