Book Review of “Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It”

April 21st, 2020 On Our Shelves

Reviewed by David Price, Washington Crossing Historic Park Historical Interpreter

This acclaimed historian’s newest account of the Revolution is a crisp, clear narrative that comprehensively covers the political, military, economic, and social aspects of the period from 1763 to 1783.

The author of a slew of works on the Founding Fathers and early America, John Ferling displays a deft touch in covering the essential components of what is obviously a multifaceted story and weaving them into a broader context.

By doing so, he helps the reader to better understand the upheaval that launched America on its quest for independence and in search of a republican ideal that, in a sense, it is still seeking today.

For as Ferling notes in the preface: “Historians have never reached a consensus about when the American Revolution concluded. I agree with those who think it has never ended, given that the egalitarian and natural-rights ideas of the Revolution have inspired subsequent generations down to the present.”

Here is one vote for ranking this among the best single-volume histories of the American Revolution. For any Rev War buff, reading it should be like savoring your favorite ice cream, for it is just as difficult to put down.