Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe

Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe

From acclaimed historian John Ferling, the story of Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and James Monroe's championing of the most radical ideas of the American and French Revolutions.

Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and James Monroe were in the vanguard of revolutionary ideas in the 18th century. As founding fathers, they risked their lives for American independence, but they also wanted more. Each wished for profound changes in the political and social fabric of pre-1776 America, and hoped that the American Revolution would spark republican and egalitarian revolutions throughout Europe, sweeping away the old aristocratic order. Ultimately, each rejoiced at the opportunity to be a part of the French Revolution, a cause that became increasingly untenable as idealism gave way to the bloody Terror.

Apostles of the Revolution, spans a crucial time in Western Civilization. The era ranged from the American insurgency against Great Britain to the Declaration of Independence, from desperate engagements on American battlefields to the threat posed to the young democracy by the Federalist's Tory leanings. With the French Revolution devolving into anarchy in the background, the story culminates with the tumultuous election of 1800, the outcome of which, Jefferson claimed, saved the American Revolution and assured that its most radical ideals would carry into the future.

Written as a sweeping narrative of a pivotal era, Apostles of the Revolution captures the turbulent spirit of the times and reminds us that the liberty we take for granted is ours only because we, both champions and common citizens, have fought for it.

Title:Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe
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About John Ferling

John E. Ferling is a professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia. A leading authority on American Revolutionary history, he is the author of several books, including "A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic", "Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence", and his most recent work, "The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Politi


    Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe Reviews

  • Ryan

    I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this book. In Apostles of Revolution, John Ferling presents a wide ranging Atlantic (albeit white ...

  • Lexi

    An interesting lens through which to view the American and French Revolutions. However, there were some inaccurate historical details, such as when Ferling referred to Louis XVIII as "the nephew of Lo...

  • Brian Willis

    A book that does indeed cover a gap in American political history. This is in essence a triple biography without the pain. Thomas Paine and James Monroe are the answers to trivia questions or brief me...

  • Jacob Sievers

    An excellent, highly digestible, "triple biography" of Paine, Monroe, and Jefferson. Ferling is a highly intellectual writer, whose clear prose rarely if ever gets bogged down in details and minutiae,...

  • Paul Vogelzang

    Another remarkable book for author John Ferling. A great book with enough storytelling to make it interesting and enough history so that I learn something. Loved the book....

  • Michael Mitchell

    A lot like his bio of Jefferson, but good. Didn't realize how much most of founding fathers hated Paine...

  • Hapzydeco

    John Ferling depicts Tom Jefferson, Thomas Paine and James Monroe as they challenged the entrenched privilege of the wealthy and powerful....

  • Evalyn

    I enjoyed this different perspective on the American and French Revolutions. The author is a little prone to speculation, but is plenty clear when doing so. The choice of Jefferson, Paine, and Monroe ...

  • Beth

    John Ferling weaves the stories of Jefferson, Paine and Monroe beautifully through the Revolutionary War. However, the war is the main character and has never held my interest as does the Civil War, s...