Why did wealthy, well-educated, and distinguished political leaders of Colonial America choose a path of war and revolution? What lead them to rebel against the established political authority?
Sorting out the intensely complex human event that was the American Revolution, James Kirby Martin provides an answer to this abiding historical puzzle. He shows that, for many in the Colonial political hierarchy, the revolution was not primarily a crisis of issues and ideologies but a crisis of power: there was just not enough room at the top.
Here, for the first time, is the story of a frustrated American political elite frozen from the top posts of Colonial power-and of what this meant for the coming of the War of Independence.
A timely look at our political origins, MEN IN REBELLION offers an important and unique portrait of the generation that made the American Revolution.