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Defiance of the Patriots

The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America

  • Benjamin L. Carp
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'A wise and illuminating study.' - Simon Schama, Newsweek

"A sterling account."--Michael Kenney, The Boston Globe

"Assiduously researched."--Caleb Crain, The New Yorker

"A thoughtful, balanced corrective to partisan treatments of the Boston Tea Party."--Maya Jasanoff, Guardian

"Was tea a social elixir or a deadly drug? How do you heft a 400-pound barrel overboard? Myriad questions are raised in this thoughtful look at global economics meeting Beantown's unique society."—American History

"… [an] impressively researched account."—T. H. Breen, Times Literary Supplement

"[Carp’s] book will tell you everything you could possibly want to know about the Boston Tea Party. His research is meticulous…"—Raymond Seitz, Literary Review

"An illuminating account of a singular moment in history."—Siobhan Murphy, Metro

"Carp is an historian with a talent for people and place."—David Aaronovitch, The Times

“Carp’s excellent book offers much to those interested in America, past and present.”—Jeremy Black, Journal of American Studies

“Benjamin Carp has written the definitive book on the Boston Tea Party, the epic event that catapulted colonists and mother country toward a war that changed the world.”—John Ferling, author of The Ascent of George Washington

“In this vivid, dramatic and superbly researched book, Benjamin Carp provides fresh insights into important subjects that have long puzzled historians: the collective character of patriot leadership, the marathon meetings of the five thousand Bostonians who deliberated on a course of action and the men who actually did the heavy work of destroying the tea. Essential reading for anyone who takes the American Revolution seriously.”—Alfred F. Young, author of The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution

"It is arguably the most in-depth, detailed and accessible book on the subject. . . . Carp has created a fascinating look at one of the most famous acts of defiance in history. The book is both a global epic and an intimate look at the people involved and deserves a place on the shelves of anyone interested in the history of the United States."—Darren Jones, The Herald-Dispatch

"A fresh, insightful perspective on why the Boston Tea Party occurred and its outcome...Meticulously researched and rich in detail...a coherent, engaging story."—Christine LaHue, Common-place

"Sophisticated and highly readable, Defiance of the Patriots is a model of research, analysis, and narration that may well be a crossover book, attracting a general readership. It deserves to reach that level of success."—Edward Countryman, Journal of American History

“His vivid reimagining of this weird event evokes the smell of the tea, the creaking of decks and groaning of ropes, and even the ‘satisfying plunk, slap, hiss as the clumps of tea made contact with the water’.”—The Guardian

“…….a highly detailed account of a critical precursor to the American Revolution and a formative event in US cultural identity.”—Colm Farren, Irish Times

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