A Struggle for Power: The American Revolution by Theodore Draper

By Theodore Draper

From one of many nice political reporters of our time comes a boldly argued reinterpretation of the principal occasion in our collective earlier - a e-book that portrays the yank Revolution now not as a conflict of ideologies yet as a Machiavellian fight for energy.

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