“Casting a wide net in his research to reconstruct the patchwork of grassroots rebellions and self-organized protests across the colonies. Breen is among the growing ranks of historians convincingly uncovering how the Founding Fathers followed and controlled, rather than precipitated, the move toward independence and democracy.”—American History
“Breen tells readers of American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People that a bevy of common men—and some women, too—set the stage and paved the path that led to the Revolutionary War. What’s more, they were doing it a few years in advance of the bigwigs who get the credit . . . Their fervor and techniques are described by Breen, whose writing makes a vital contribution to the understanding of a crucial period in our history. It’s a story that’s been too often neglected until now.”—Dennie Hall, The Oklahoman
“In American Insurgents, American Patriots, eminent historian T. H. Breen reveals how the will to revolt spread through America between the Boston Tea Party and the Declaration of Independence. The stars of American Insurgents are not the usual suspects—Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, and such—but forgotten farming men and women, many of them devout Christians, who organized and propelled the American Revolution by the force of moral indignation . . . American Insurgents, American Patriots is one of the most compelling accounts I've read of how ‘the people’ forged the Revolution.”—Thomas S. Kidd, Book & Culture
T. H. Breen is the William Smith Mason Professor of American History at Northwestern University. The author of several works of history, Breen has also written for The New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and The New York Times Book Review. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.