"This wonderfully rich volume challenges those who claim that political history is arid, narrow, or worse, irrelevant to our own concerns.
Jensen's study explores popular political mobilization on the eve of American independence.
It reconstructs the complex decisions that slowly, often painfully transformed a colonial rebellion into a genuine revolution.
Jensen's well-paced narrative never loses sight of the ordinary men and women who confronted the most powerful empire in the world." --T.H.
Breen, William Smith Mason Professor of American History, Northwestern University