1775 by Kevin Phillips


The contrarian historian and analyst upends the conventional reading of the American RevolutionIn 1775, iconoclastic historian and bestselling author Kevin Phillips punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution. He suggests that the great events and confrontations of 1775—Congress’s belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain, New England’s rage militaire, the exodus of British troops and expulsion of royal g...

Details 1775

Release DateNov 27th, 2012
GenreHistory, North American Hi..., American History, Military History, American Revolution, Nonfiction

Reviews 1775

  • Chris
    I learned a great deal from 1775, and more importantly, managed to finish it, despite Kevin Phillips’ best efforts. Phillips sets out to examine the year or so (more on that in a moment) just prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence with a particular eye to debunking most of the myths that have cropped up in the following years. Of this, he does a good job. The lengthy volume focuses largely on economic and religious causes. It a...
  • David Eppenstein
    It would be easy to hate this book. In fact those people that say they hated studying history in school could point to books like this to justify their attitudes. I have always loved history and can't seem to get enough of it. However, this book had me nodding off on more than a few occasions. I give it one star for readability but 5 stars for research and insight which averages to my 3 star rating. To begin with let's start with the title and ap...
  • Robert
    1775: A Good Year for Revolution by Kevin Phillips is an ambitious book that fulfills its ambitions. Phillips demonstrates in documented detail that the critical mass of the American Revolution came together in 1775, not 1776. Indeed, he traces the development of revolutionary sentiment and action well back into the 1760s and spends a good bit of time on 1774.Like many histories, this book isn’t for everyone because it is so full of detail and ...
  • John Long
    The information about the Revolutionary time period was well written. Phillips gave a lot of information and background. Where the book fell apart was in his determination to make sure the reader agreed with his premise that 1775 was the most important year of the American Revolution. One of the most bothersome parts to his point was that part of 1774, all of 1775 and 1776 up until July 4 were part of 1775. Had this just been a book about those p...
  • Jessica
    I listened to this book on tape, and I did fairly well, but it was difficult to keep track of all the different names and people. Plus, it is a bit on the dry side. Nonetheless, I did learn some amazing things about early Americans.
  • Jud Barry
    What does a revolution make? Not just a Declaration of Independence. So says author Kevin Phillips in providing this comprehensive look at how the ingredients of the independent American pie were assembled and baked.The title is sharply rhetorical, and reflects Phillips's own determination to jolt us out of our naive, mythological focus on 1776 and its neat narrative whereby the Declaration sowed dragon's teeth and generated soldiers who fought t...
  • Nestor Rychtyckyj
    1775 is not an easy book to read but the effort is worth it. This analytical view of the American Revolution focuses on the year 1775 and provides ample evidence that this was the pivotal year where the American colonies made all the decisions that would lead to independence and the birth of the United States. The level of detail here is extraordinary; each colony is disected and the population is described in terms of religion, ethnicity, econom...
  • Gary Baughn
    Our education about the American Revolution in this country is so scant and filled with self-serving half-truths that any decently objective and well-rehearsed book can be a revelation. Such a book is 1775, which uses as an organizational excuse the author's premise that 1775 was a more important year for the the Revolution than the often heralded 1776.Since Phillips' definition of 1775 stretches back into 1774 and onward into 1776, it is hard to...
  • Jerome
    In this volume, Phillips argues that 1775 was more important than the year that came after it, and looks at many of the assumptions about this year.Phillips shows how local revolutionaries influenced the decisions of local governing bodies, the militancy of the New England colonists vs. the more lukewarm attitude of the other colonies, the revolutionaries' willingness to muzzle Loyalist press organs, and their paranoia about local slave revolts a...
  • John Behle
    This was, for me, a 19 day college course in The American Revolution. Don't worry, the 656 page length flows easily. Phillips sprinkles in deft wordsmithing and even some wry dry humor that highlights his well researched prose along the way. We covered every facet of the era, from religious influence to economics, to London Whitehall logistical nightmares to sheer patriot fervor.I recommend this book. No movie screenplay, no novel, no fiction cou...
  • Bob Schmitz
    The books premise is that this is that though we celebrate 1776 as the banner year of the American Revolution, the success of the revolution was actually set in 1775. If you are interested in the political complexities of the American Revolution as opposed to the standard book on various battles this is a great read. Unlike the monolithic grand unified story of the American Revolution the book describes the various factions and complexities of th...
  • Riley Gardner
    Pros: you will learn a lot.Cons: you will be pissed off beyond reason.If I met Kevin Phillips on the street I might shake him up a bit. I won't, due to my calm exterior, but I might consider purposefully bumping into his shoulder. I am very upset with him. Why is this? Because Kevin Phillips writes a book that - wait, is it a book? Physically, yes, but I got the impression that a professor gave Mr. Phillips a bad review on a final term paper and ...
  • Brent Ranalli
    Well-written, fascinating, and convincing: the Declaration of Independence in the summer of 1776 was just one milestone on the path to independence, and the die was cast long before. The opening phase of the war in the "long 1775" (summer of 1774 to spring of 1776) was critical. Philips offers a wealth of detail on economic, political, geopolitical, and religious factors, the fighting on land and sea from the Bahamas to Canada, the race for suppl...
  • Keith Davis
    I had hoped Phillips' 1775 would be a sort of prequel to David McCullough's excellent 1776, but it is actually something else entirely. Phillips delves deeply into the causes of the American Revolution, focusing particularly on the economic and religious factors instead of the ideological factors that get most of the attention in popular histories of the war. The title references Phillips' thesis that the war was well underway by 1775. Most histo...
  • Mmetevelis
    This was really two books. The author combined what was a really good analysis of the causes of the revolution with a tortuously fumbling narrative of the first year of the war. The individual insights the author had into the causes and realities of the conflict were excellent - especially in identifying both the social and political energy and cohesion of the revolutionary movement. However, the constant way that the author repeats himself, cite...
  • Sally Monaghan
    I love reading about history, particularly Revolutionary era America. However, I realllllly did not like this book. I did learn some new information about the Revolution, such as the role that the Spanish played, and the twice failed effort of the British to invade the south. That did not make up for the fact that the author provides innumerable tedious details, repeats himself frequently, and, in the end, did not really prove his thesis that the...
  • Ashley
    I thought this was going to be life story, a persons view (it is a persons view I guess. But i wanted to hear a personal view.. But I am happy with the book..Anyways... This is the history at 1775-71776, historic moments as they occurred. For the beginning of militias to the start of uprising. ALOT of interesting historic moments in our past fun interesting facts(how colored and native Americans joined the fight!!! And fought BRAVELY!!! , and man...
  • Rachelle
    The author more than makes his point that the American Revolution really began in 1775, not 1776. Phillips is a dogged researcher and goes through infinite details on economics, international politics, the power of early "Manifest Destiny" philosophy, early battles on the sea and land, the Committees of Safety, the strategies to win the hearts and minds of Americans and so much more. I know that I will use this book for reference in years to come...
  • Maryellen
    This is a critical look at the year prior to the Declaration when war and the separation from England really began. The Declaration, Phillips argues, was just putting a legal hat on it. Phillips takes you through the social strata and who was for which side and why. He breaks it down economically and religiously, down to the occupations of the period.He talks about the attempt to invade Canada and the race to keep the army supplied in gunpowder. ...
  • Elizabeth
    The author's point is that July 4, 1776 is an arbitrary date and then he proves it at great length and incredible detail. Seriously. He is a very academic writer who has done his research. I didn't enjoy reading the book because of his writing style. However, he describes the causes of the revolution (which were many that did not include freedom) clearly, and the importance of the southern colonies, specifically Virginia and South Carolina. This ...
  • Laura Picardo
    Great info, but the writing was meh.
  • Tricia
  • Colin
    Not a bad book, but a bit dry. A look at 1775 as the beginning of the Revolution.
  • Emily
    he cheated and counted half of 1776 as 1775 and also was very boring but informational so 2.5 stars
  • Greg Brozeit
    Kevin Phillips wrote this book to counter the “consensus-driven accounts of the Revolution.” I would recommend this book only to readers who are intensely interested in the origins of the United States. Those familiar with Phillips’s writing know of the intricate—sometimes excruciating—detail that characterizes his approach to his chosen subjects. This book is no different. It takes work, it takes patience, but like every other book of ...
  • Timons Esaias
    Kevin Phillips (you've seen him on TV) is a Republican political operative and commentator who periodically gets fed up with his own Party and goes off to write a history. One of them compared the English Civil War with the American Revolution and American Civil War. This one (as may be obvious from the title) treats the beginning of the Revolutionary War, and for the serious reader of history I'd put it on the "essential" list of books on that w...
  • Anthony
    I enjoyed this book, but would have given it four stars instead of three if it had been about 100 pages shorter. The author, Kevin Phillips, makes a very convincing argument that the year 1775 was the pivotal year in the War for Independence. We are taught to give some much credence to July 4, 1776, but in this thoroughly researched book, Mr. Phillips argues that the events of 1775 were much more critical to success. He cites the economic, religi...
  • Darren
    I'm glad I listened to this book as an audio book rather than tried to read a text copy. I would have never made it through it otherwise. I think this book would serve well as a reference text, but it is not very easy to read cover to cover. The first half of the book is in no chronological format and covers religious background, economics, agriculture, artisan demographics, race demographics, maritime influences, etc. It seemed like every minute...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    The U.S. army has its establishment date as 1775. It is odd that an institution of the U.S. was founded before the official founding of the U.S. in 1776 with the declaration of independence. In reality the revolution was in full swing in 1775 and even before Lexington and Concord in April of that year. Phillips whose first book written in the sixties "the Emerging Republican Majority" was prescient in predicting the break up of the New Deal Coali...
  • Brian Manville
    Most of the apathy people have towards history is the recitation of dates and places. It is understandable that the human experience is in essence one long narrative, teaching history in terms of bits and pieces does not allow for true learning and understanding. Such an approach to history tends to make events appear to spring from nowhere, like the Declaration of Independence. Kevin Phillips successfully argues that Declaration of Independence ...