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By Nick Bunker

WINNER OF THE 2015 GEORGE WASHINGTON PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE 2015 PULTIZER PRIZE IN HISTORY

In this robust narrative, Nick Bunker tells the tale of the final 3 years of mutual embitterment that preceded the outbreak of America’s warfare for independence in 1775. It was once a tragedy of mistakes, during which either side shared accountability for a clash that fee the lives of at the very least twenty thousand Britons and a nonetheless greater variety of Americans.

Drawing on cautious learn of fundamental resources from Britain and the U.S., An Empire at the Edge sheds new gentle at the Tea Party’s origins and at the roles of such regular characters as Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Thomas Hutchinson. on the center of the booklet lies the Boston Tea social gathering, an occasion that arose from primary flaws within the manner the British controlled their affairs.

With legal professionals in London calling the Tea get together treason, and with hawks in Parliament crying out for revenge, the British opted for punitive reprisals with out foreseeing the resistance they might arouse. for his or her half, the american citizens underestimated Britain’s decision to not collapse. by way of the past due summer season of 1774, the descent into conflict had develop into irreversible.

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