2 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
July 5, 2002
What I was really hoping this book would do, but what it failed to do, was to make the Founding Fathers seem like ordinary guys. Shaara details the problems John Adams and Ben Franklin have with their family lives, but I never really felt that I got to know them intimately.
Perhaps Shaara bites off more than he can chew, covering the American colonies (and
Overall, I thought Shaara's writing style was adequate, but nothing special. His narration didn't really bring out a lot of emotion in me. That's too bad, because as an American when I read a book about American heroes, I want to FEEL something.
To close, Rise to Rebellion provides an interesting perspective, but it didn't seem any better than the hundreds of books already in my public library on the Revolutionary War.