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Nina Sankovitch’s American Rebels explores, for the first time, the intertwined lives of the Hancock, Quincy, and Adams families, and the role each person played in sparking the American Revolution. Before they were central figures in American history, John Hancock, John Adams, Josiah Quincy Junior, Abigail Smith Adams, and Dorothy Quincy Hancock had forged intimate connect Nina Sankovitch’s American Rebels explores, for the first time, the intertwined lives of the Hancock, Quincy, and Adams families, and the role each person played in sparking the American Revolution. Before they were central figures in American history, John Hancock, John Adams, Josiah Quincy Junior, Abigail Smith Adams, and Dorothy Quincy Hancock had forged intimate connections during their childhood in Braintree, Massachusetts. Raised as loyal British subjects who quickly saw the need to rebel, their collaborations against the Crown and Parliament were formed years before the revolution and became stronger during the period of rising taxes and increasing British troop presence in Boston. Together, the families witnessed the horrors of the Boston Massacre, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and Bunker Hill; the trials and tribulations of the Siege of Boston; meetings of the Continental Congress; transatlantic missions for peace and their abysmal failures; and the final steps that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. American Rebels explores how the desire for independence cut across class lines, binding people together as well as dividing them—rebels versus loyalists—as they pursued commonly-held goals of opportunity, liberty, and stability. Nina Sankovitch's new book is a fresh history of our revolution that makes readers look more closely at Massachusetts and the small town of Braintree when they think about the story of America’s early years.


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Nina Sankovitch’s American Rebels explores, for the first time, the intertwined lives of the Hancock, Quincy, and Adams families, and the role each person played in sparking the American Revolution. Before they were central figures in American history, John Hancock, John Adams, Josiah Quincy Junior, Abigail Smith Adams, and Dorothy Quincy Hancock had forged intimate connect Nina Sankovitch’s American Rebels explores, for the first time, the intertwined lives of the Hancock, Quincy, and Adams families, and the role each person played in sparking the American Revolution. Before they were central figures in American history, John Hancock, John Adams, Josiah Quincy Junior, Abigail Smith Adams, and Dorothy Quincy Hancock had forged intimate connections during their childhood in Braintree, Massachusetts. Raised as loyal British subjects who quickly saw the need to rebel, their collaborations against the Crown and Parliament were formed years before the revolution and became stronger during the period of rising taxes and increasing British troop presence in Boston. Together, the families witnessed the horrors of the Boston Massacre, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and Bunker Hill; the trials and tribulations of the Siege of Boston; meetings of the Continental Congress; transatlantic missions for peace and their abysmal failures; and the final steps that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. American Rebels explores how the desire for independence cut across class lines, binding people together as well as dividing them—rebels versus loyalists—as they pursued commonly-held goals of opportunity, liberty, and stability. Nina Sankovitch's new book is a fresh history of our revolution that makes readers look more closely at Massachusetts and the small town of Braintree when they think about the story of America’s early years.

30 review for American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution

  1. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    This book is about the roles of the Quincy, Adams and Hancock families, of Braintree, Massachusetts, in the separation of the American colonies from British rule. It describes early discontent with England and the causes underlying the ultimate rebellion. One of the prominent characters in the book, about whom I need to learn more, is Abigail Adams who was a lot more enlightened in her thinking than her husband. While I appreciate the fact that the author did a tremendous amount of research for This book is about the roles of the Quincy, Adams and Hancock families, of Braintree, Massachusetts, in the separation of the American colonies from British rule. It describes early discontent with England and the causes underlying the ultimate rebellion. One of the prominent characters in the book, about whom I need to learn more, is Abigail Adams who was a lot more enlightened in her thinking than her husband. While I appreciate the fact that the author did a tremendous amount of research for this book, the result was a book that bored me a lot of the time. I like political history and social history, but trivial biographical details don’t interest me. The author described wedding gifts, every person who attended a funeral, the perpetual health issues of Josiah Quincy Jr., the birth and death of every child, the weather etc. I know there is an audience for that sort of history book, it just isn’t me. I’ve rounded a 3.5 star rating up to 4, because I did learn things from this book, even though I learned more than I wanted too about certain things. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donna Pingry

    Amazing book! Well researched, believable characters with warts and all. I find myself longing for people like that in today's government, willing to put their lives and their finances on the line to birth a new nation rather than be taken advantage of by an old one. I totally fell in love with Josiah Quincy Jr. What an amazing patriot and gentleman. Where was he in my history book? And John Hancock. All I knew going in was that his big signature was on the Declaration of Independence. He too lo Amazing book! Well researched, believable characters with warts and all. I find myself longing for people like that in today's government, willing to put their lives and their finances on the line to birth a new nation rather than be taken advantage of by an old one. I totally fell in love with Josiah Quincy Jr. What an amazing patriot and gentleman. Where was he in my history book? And John Hancock. All I knew going in was that his big signature was on the Declaration of Independence. He too loved liberty enough to stand up for the rights of his fellow men. John Adams I didn't care for so much. He seems very self-centered. The women behind these men were resourceful, brave and very committed to a free nation. Sadly, the men of that time refused to make right what past laws failed to do. Women, blacks and native Americans continued to suffer for what they couldn't agree on. This is definitely a read-again book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    When it is snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Nina Sankovitch’s American Rebels explores, for the first tim When it is snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Nina Sankovitch’s American Rebels explores, for the first time, the intertwined lives of the Hancock, Quincy, and Adams families, and the role each person played in sparking the American Revolution. Before they were central figures in American history, John Hancock, John Adams, Josiah Quincy Junior, Abigail Smith Adams, and Dorothy Quincy Hancock had forged intimate connections during their childhood in Braintree, Massachusetts. Raised as loyal British subjects who quickly saw the need to rebel, their collaborations against the Crown and Parliament were formed years before the revolution and became stronger during the period of rising taxes and increasing British troop presence in Boston. Together, the families witnessed the horrors of the Boston Massacre, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and Bunker Hill; the trials and tribulations of the Siege of Boston; meetings of the Continental Congress; transatlantic missions for peace and their abysmal failures; and the final steps that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. American Rebels explores how the desire for independence cut across class lines, binding people together as well as dividing them—rebels versus loyalists—as they pursued commonly-held goals of opportunity, liberty, and stability. Nina Sankovitch's new book is a fresh history of our revolution that makes readers look more closely at Massachusetts and the small town of Braintree when they think about the story of America’s early years. We do not study US history in Canada until what was Grade 13 and even then it was an elective. I can assure you that Americans do not learn about us either - perhaps ignorance is bliss? Having loved the author's book on the Lowells, I dove into this one had first and loved it. The research was excellent and it was written in a style that would appeal to lovers of history and general non-fiction readers alike. I learned a lot and p When it is snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Nina Sankovitch’s American Rebels explores, for the first time, the intertwined lives of the Hancock, Quincy, and Adams families, and the role each person played in sparking the American Revolution. Before they were central figures in American history, John Hancock, John Adams, Josiah Quincy Junior, Abigail Smith Adams, and Dorothy Quincy Hancock had forged intimate connections during their childhood in Braintree, Massachusetts. Raised as loyal British subjects who quickly saw the need to rebel, their collaborations against the Crown and Parliament were formed years before the revolution and became stronger during the period of rising taxes and increasing British troop presence in Boston. Together, the families witnessed the horrors of the Boston Massacre, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and Bunker Hill; the trials and tribulations of the Siege of Boston; meetings of the Continental Congress; transatlantic missions for peace and their abysmal failures; and the final steps that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. American Rebels explores how the desire for independence cut across class lines, binding people together as well as dividing them—rebels versus loyalists—as they pursued commonly-held goals of opportunity, liberty, and stability. Nina Sankovitch's new book is a fresh history of our revolution that makes readers look more closely at Massachusetts and the small town of Braintree when they think about the story of America’s early years. We do not study US history in Canada until what was Grade 13 and even then it was an elective. I can assure you that Americans do not learn about us either - perhaps ignorance is bliss? Having loved the author's book on the Lowells, I dove into this one had first and loved it. The research was excellent and it was written in a style that would appeal to lovers of history and general non-fiction readers alike. I learned a lot and perhaps this will be a great help next time I watch Jeopardy and American History comes up!! UNFORTUNATELY ... all I could think when I was reading this book was about how Sonja Morgan on The Real Housewives of New York City would flip out about how the Morgans (aka the family she married into) were not part of of this book as she always mentions the Morgans in the same breath as the Adams and her daughter is named Quincy. Her voice is chirping in my head as my sister from Japan is here and is binge-watching seasons 10 and 11 for the past two days. Sigh. That does not affect the review of my book. snarkiness aside, as it is a great read. erhaps this will be a great help next time I watch Jeopardy and American History comes up!! UNFORTUNATELY ... all I could think when I was reading this book was about how Sonja Morgan on The Real Housewives of New York City would flip out about how the Morgans (aka the family she married into) were not part of of this book as she always mentions the Morgans in the same breath as the Adams and her daughter is named Quincy. Her voice is chirping in my head as my sister from Japan is here and is binge-watching seasons 10 and 11 for the past two days. Sigh. That does not affect the review of my book. snarkiness aside, as it is a great read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    A fab new read that discussed history in a way never before seen with a wide eye appeal to fanning the flames of the Revolution. Three families embark on a journey through the most tumultous of times in which their strengths grew stronger against the Crown and Parliament. These families witnessed so many trials and tribulations as well as horrific times in history such as the Boston Massacre, The Battle of Lexington and Concord, The Siege Of Boston and so much more. What resulted was the desire for A fab new read that discussed history in a way never before seen with a wide eye appeal to fanning the flames of the Revolution. Three families embark on a journey through the most tumultous of times in which their strengths grew stronger against the Crown and Parliament. These families witnessed so many trials and tribulations as well as horrific times in history such as the Boston Massacre, The Battle of Lexington and Concord, The Siege Of Boston and so much more. What resulted was the desire for independence, liberty, and stability and surely opportunity for all. This small town of Braintree was the central focus with Massachusetts being front and center on this map. It was quite unique but for me it didn't capture my attention as other history books. I felt it was well written and obviously well researched and hope it all finds you well.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution by Nina Sankovitch 4 Stars American Rebels is a marvelous work of history, telling the story of the founding of our nation through the lives of the Quincy, Hancock, and Adams families of Braintree, Massachusetts. It’s well-researched, extremely well-written, and thoroughly readable. It’s one of those books that brings history alive and, as such, it should take its place next to David McCullough’s 1776 as American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution by Nina Sankovitch 4 Stars American Rebels is a marvelous work of history, telling the story of the founding of our nation through the lives of the Quincy, Hancock, and Adams families of Braintree, Massachusetts. It’s well-researched, extremely well-written, and thoroughly readable. It’s one of those books that brings history alive and, as such, it should take its place next to David McCullough’s 1776 as required reading for every American. https://mhassett23.blogspot.com/2020/...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This is an excellent book that contextualizes the American Revolution as a community that was not single minded in achieving continued relationships with the British Empire. Both the groups, loyalists and liberty seekers, encouraged resolution for the betterment of their communities. War was not sought, but delivered. This work offers a deeper look at and explanation of commonalities, social needs, and events that lead to the American Revolution through the views of individuals from one village This is an excellent book that contextualizes the American Revolution as a community that was not single minded in achieving continued relationships with the British Empire. Both the groups, loyalists and liberty seekers, encouraged resolution for the betterment of their communities. War was not sought, but delivered. This work offers a deeper look at and explanation of commonalities, social needs, and events that lead to the American Revolution through the views of individuals from one village near Boston, Massachusetts, Braintree. Dependent on letters and diary entries, the author weaves together the ideas of the community members. and finds a central expectation of liberty. This desire for liberty was encouraged in the community by the ministry of Rev. Hancock, who exemplified these ideals thirty years prior to to the outset of revolution. So often works of history center on an individual, the war efforts, the policies in conflict, and the leaders. This book is not overtly descriptive of actions or lengthy details; the premise relies on the words of the individuals, historical details available today, and logic to craft a story to inform the present day on the day-to-day reasons for the American Revolution.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can't recommend it enough! This book follows the Quincy family and those that eventually married into the Quincy family (including John Hancock and John and Samuel Adams) in the years leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This book lays out the events that took place in Boston and Massachusetts and the colonists reaction to them in such a way that you can follow the logic and see all of the dominos fall into place that eventually led t I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can't recommend it enough! This book follows the Quincy family and those that eventually married into the Quincy family (including John Hancock and John and Samuel Adams) in the years leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This book lays out the events that took place in Boston and Massachusetts and the colonists reaction to them in such a way that you can follow the logic and see all of the dominos fall into place that eventually led to the formation of the Continental Congress and then the formation of an army to be led by George Washington and then to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. An eye-opening insider/s look at the founding fathers in one of the most "rebellious" colonies. I did get the sense that the author was not the biggest fan of John Adams, and I've come to adore him over the last year and a half, so that was a little sad. Also, there are too many Johns and Samuels in the related families that sometimes I had to keep remembering *this* Samuel is Samuel Quincy, not Sam Adams.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    I was kind of afraid that this would turn out to be as exciting as "the begats" of the Bible. No! It is infinitely more interesting and well written but just as meticulously researched. It does have fun with the begats as necessary to understand the entwining of the families noted in the publisher's blurb but also the individuals, their religious and political proclivities that embodied the reasons for their involvement in the coming division with England even as these attitudes were evident alm I was kind of afraid that this would turn out to be as exciting as "the begats" of the Bible. No! It is infinitely more interesting and well written but just as meticulously researched. It does have fun with the begats as necessary to understand the entwining of the families noted in the publisher's blurb but also the individuals, their religious and political proclivities that embodied the reasons for their involvement in the coming division with England even as these attitudes were evident almost since their arrival in North America. Don't get me wrong, it is very readable! But I am part of a family of history geeks who used to be involved in reenacting the American Revolution. I loved the reading of it and learned a lot, but if I buy a print copy it will walk away, so I will get the audiobook for my personal use. I requested and received a free ebook copy from St Martin's Press via NetGalley. Thank you!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Casey Wheeler

    This book is well researched and well written. The author's writing style is engaging and brings history to life on the pages. The books focuses on the interactions between the Hancock, Adams and Quincy families in bringing about the Revolutionary War. There were marriages between the families and life long friendships that played key roles in the developing the ideas that kindled the Revolutionary War. This is an excellent book and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an enjoyable read ab This book is well researched and well written. The author's writing style is engaging and brings history to life on the pages. The books focuses on the interactions between the Hancock, Adams and Quincy families in bringing about the Revolutionary War. There were marriages between the families and life long friendships that played key roles in the developing the ideas that kindled the Revolutionary War. This is an excellent book and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an enjoyable read about the development of the Revolutionary War in Massachussets. I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook  page.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lucia Henderson

    As a fan of Ms. Sankovitch’s previous book, The Lowells of Massachusetts, I expected to enjoy American Rebels, but she has truly hit the ball out of the park with this one! In her detailed and fascinating account of the intertwined lives of the Adams, Quincy and Hancock families, the author has once again used meticulous research of original letters and other documents to breath life into these American heroes and their reluctant path toward independence. Through a compelling narrative style, th As a fan of Ms. Sankovitch’s previous book, The Lowells of Massachusetts, I expected to enjoy American Rebels, but she has truly hit the ball out of the park with this one! In her detailed and fascinating account of the intertwined lives of the Adams, Quincy and Hancock families, the author has once again used meticulous research of original letters and other documents to breath life into these American heroes and their reluctant path toward independence. Through a compelling narrative style, the men and women of these Founding Families are revealed as ordinary farmers, lawyers and merchants, parents, husbands and wives, who became extraordinary when the protection of their rights demanded that they act. Two hundred and fifty years later, when the democracy they created is under an existential threat, the integrity and courage of these men and women who fought and gave their lives for our American form of government is both instructional and inspirational. This is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding and preserving the foundations of the great experiment of American Democracy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mike Baker

    Very good, very detailed book. My esteem for John Hancock grew dramatically as did my regard for Sam Adams. The book was very enlightening to me. There are a lot of quotes and portions of old letters in the text that I had to pay attention to follow completely (people wrote and spoke with a flourishno longer present in common English). I strongly recommend this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Honestly, given my frustrating inability to focus lately, especially on books, I did not think I would be able to latch on to this one. But part of my problem right now is not just the lack of concentration but also that I have miserable track record in guessing what I will enjoy. So I thought, why not? So glad I did. Nina is an amazing writer and reminds a bit of David McCullough in that she has the ability to feed you so much information and knowledge but the delivery is so smooth and seamless Honestly, given my frustrating inability to focus lately, especially on books, I did not think I would be able to latch on to this one. But part of my problem right now is not just the lack of concentration but also that I have miserable track record in guessing what I will enjoy. So I thought, why not? So glad I did. Nina is an amazing writer and reminds a bit of David McCullough in that she has the ability to feed you so much information and knowledge but the delivery is so smooth and seamless you don't feel as if you're being force-fed. I attribute a lot of this to how vividly she made the people and the places in this book. I had such a clear sense of John Hancock, John and Abigail Adams, even Josiah Quincy Sr. up there at the top of his house keeping watch over British comings and goings. I always say it takes real skill to make a page-turner out of a story where we all know the ending and Nina achieved this too. Nina, thank you for what was clearly a great deal of work in the research and writing of this book. And thank you for shaking me out of my Covid-induced reading malaise!

  13. 5 out of 5

    John DeSimone

    American Rebels accomplishes everything it sets out to do. Nina expertly wove the narrative of three influential men, their wives, sisters, brothers, and ancestors into a narrative that truly highlights the struggles the Americans endured in their relationship with an arrogant British Parliament. This is an important book for our times. These three founding fathers were not faultless, but they were faithful to their values, the Congregational values passed down from their forefathers. The Adams American Rebels accomplishes everything it sets out to do. Nina expertly wove the narrative of three influential men, their wives, sisters, brothers, and ancestors into a narrative that truly highlights the struggles the Americans endured in their relationship with an arrogant British Parliament. This is an important book for our times. These three founding fathers were not faultless, but they were faithful to their values, the Congregational values passed down from their forefathers. The Adams and Quincy families were only a few of the players, but they were central to the idea of independence and its ultimate success. Adams would go on to influence the form the new government would take, and serve as its second president. The narrative begins in 1765 with the implementation of the Stamp Act as the Crown's lame attempt to raise funds to pay for a costly war. it ends in 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The author traces the roots of Josiah Quincy, Jr, John Adams, and John Hancock's upbringing, education, and the formation of their values and views on religion, civic duty, and public service. It's a well-constructed narrative, that at times gets a little confusing with all the Quincy's. But she connects the dots of who was related to whom. A careful reading will clarify all the relationships and their significance. The roots of the men's thinking are deep in both British constitutional history and Puritan ideals and practices. Anyone confused by the current public conversations about the origins of our nation needs to read this book and keep it on their bookshelves for future reference.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Whetstone Collinge

    Wow! This book took me some time to read but I really relearned a lot about a very important time in our nations history. It is well written and conveys feelings along with facts.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    A well researched book going into depth about the lives of those revolutionaries we've all read a little about, but don't always give much thought to what influenced them towards rebellion. There were definitely parts that I thought could have been consolidated a bit, but overall it was well written. I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tawney

    I received this book compliments of St. Martin's Press through the Goodreads Giveaway program. History is interesting in the details. A survey of events leading to the American Revolution - taxation, protests, colonists dressed as Indians throwing tea in the bay, etc. - tends to be incomplete and inaccurate. The detail with which Nina Sankovitch chronicles this period gives the account the vibrancy of a modern news story. She clearly shows the how and why of the hardening attitudes of Crown and I received this book compliments of St. Martin's Press through the Goodreads Giveaway program. History is interesting in the details. A survey of events leading to the American Revolution - taxation, protests, colonists dressed as Indians throwing tea in the bay, etc. - tends to be incomplete and inaccurate. The detail with which Nina Sankovitch chronicles this period gives the account the vibrancy of a modern news story. She clearly shows the how and why of the hardening attitudes of Crown and Colony, the actions and reactions, unintended and accidental consequences that eventually led to shifted goals. The politics is there, but also the social and familial aspects. These three families were closely intertwined and many members were leaders in the actions of the people of Boston, Massachusetts and eventually all the Colonies. The focus is on Josiah Quincy Jr., John Hancock, and John Adams with a large supporting cast. People wrote a great deal - to each other, to newspapers, in journals. Quotes humanize the people and enliven the story. This is a history not only of fortitude and bravery, but also the hardship and sadness of life in that era. Sankovitch has assembled all this with the short chapters of a mystery in a way that nudges the reader on. My only quibble is that some of the author's writing is too embellished for my taste.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Le Ann

    This book was great! I couldn't put it down! Well researched! Taught me a lot about the Revolution I didn't know.

  18. 5 out of 5

    David

    A familiar story with a new twist. The author focuses on the prominent families of Braintree, Massachusetts, especially the Hancock, Quincy and Adams families. The book follows the families beginning several years before the Revolution and chronicles how they became leaders in the movement to separate from England. Three characters are the primary focus of the book: John Hancock, John Adams and Josiah Quincy, Jr. Adams' life has been thoroughly chronicled, but I was unfamiliar with Josiah Quincy. A familiar story with a new twist. The author focuses on the prominent families of Braintree, Massachusetts, especially the Hancock, Quincy and Adams families. The book follows the families beginning several years before the Revolution and chronicles how they became leaders in the movement to separate from England. Three characters are the primary focus of the book: John Hancock, John Adams and Josiah Quincy, Jr. Adams' life has been thoroughly chronicled, but I was unfamiliar with Josiah Quincy. He was a young lawyer who practiced with Adams in Boston. A sickly man suffering from consumption (tuberculosis) he was a firebrand whose writings and speeches motivated the people to separate from England. In many ways, Quincy is one of the great heroes of the revolution, even though he died before the fighting started. Another aspect of the book that is unique is the attention the writer gives to the women of these families. The book is largely written from the perspective of the wives of the prominent male actors. It chronicles their sacrifices and bravery that built a foundation for the bold actions that were taken. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mary Bellamy

    This book is about the friendships among, and the roles played by, the men and women of the Quincy, Adams, and Hancock families in the years leading up to the Declaration of Independence. Equal and loving attention is given to both well known figures and people who are less well known. I only wished that there had been pictures of them all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This book is very well researched but not overly technical. It encompasses history and personal accounts of a very crucial time in American history. Though there are detailed notes and many facts the book moves along as a very interesting and informative story. We "see" the events unfold through actual quotes and personal perspectives of the participants. At the same time we experience the relationships of the patriots, and especially the lives of the I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This book is very well researched but not overly technical. It encompasses history and personal accounts of a very crucial time in American history. Though there are detailed notes and many facts the book moves along as a very interesting and informative story. We "see" the events unfold through actual quotes and personal perspectives of the participants. At the same time we experience the relationships of the patriots, and especially the lives of the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy extended families. This book helps to fill in details of the circumstances leading up to the American Revolution as well as informing us of important monetary and literary contributions of these famous families. A very useful family tree explaining the who people are is provided at the beginning of the book. It is helpful in making sense of so many similar names. We can learn more about other patriots and the workings of the first congresses also. I find this book to be interesting, informative, and enjoyable.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Florence Fales

    The American Rebels by Nina Sankovitch was very good!! Anyone who wants to learn about the Declaration of Independence should read this book. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The history of the making of the Declaration of Independence is good in this book. Signers John Hancock, John Quincy Adams and their families were the ones who were behind this story. Josiah Adams Jr. Was the first to even think about independence from Britain. He went to England and found out the king didn't want to The American Rebels by Nina Sankovitch was very good!! Anyone who wants to learn about the Declaration of Independence should read this book. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The history of the making of the Declaration of Independence is good in this book. Signers John Hancock, John Quincy Adams and their families were the ones who were behind this story. Josiah Adams Jr. Was the first to even think about independence from Britain. He went to England and found out the king didn't want to give independence to the colonies. Unfortunately he died on the voyage home. Josiah Adams Jr never knew of the Declaration of Independence. After the battle of Lexington and Concord, then the Boston tea party and the war on Bunker Hill, England wanted to stop and punish the colonies. Once the colonies started the Continental Congress it was just a matter of time. They debated every line and finally on July 4, 1776, The Declaration of Independence was signed by all the colonies. Great read for any history buffs!!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christine Utter

    FINALLY a book about History that entertains and teaches at the same time. I love how the author gets into the hearts, mind and souls of all the characters that changed our Nation! I know them now, their character, their intimate thoughts, desire, insecurities and egos - making it a JOYFUL read. It is my clutch with my morning coffee and again, with my evening fire - the characters dancing around my head throughout the day - I am eager to learn what is to happen next! I highly recommend this won FINALLY a book about History that entertains and teaches at the same time. I love how the author gets into the hearts, mind and souls of all the characters that changed our Nation! I know them now, their character, their intimate thoughts, desire, insecurities and egos - making it a JOYFUL read. It is my clutch with my morning coffee and again, with my evening fire - the characters dancing around my head throughout the day - I am eager to learn what is to happen next! I highly recommend this wonderfully passionate book where the author intertwines powerful knowledge of history with romance, friendship, daily life in the cities and the country while bringing the reader back in time as Sankovitch so thoughtfully teaches what was in the hearts and minds of the people and community that took the ultimate plunge for Freedom! I absolutely LOVE IT!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tennille

    I received this book as a Goodreads First Read, and highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the founding of America. It is quite insightful, and full of little discussed facts regarding these families. It traces their histories and shows how they came to be who they were and where their strong beliefs came from. Even better, it portrays them as people with distinct personalities and strong characters. So often books put them on pedestals as infallible giants. It's easy looking back I received this book as a Goodreads First Read, and highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the founding of America. It is quite insightful, and full of little discussed facts regarding these families. It traces their histories and shows how they came to be who they were and where their strong beliefs came from. Even better, it portrays them as people with distinct personalities and strong characters. So often books put them on pedestals as infallible giants. It's easy looking back to see how their footsteps led us to today, but in their day, there was a lot more uncertainty about the consequences of their choices.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I won a copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. This is a really well-written account of the families of Braintree, Massachusetts and the part they played in the American Revolution. It gives the highlights, so to speak, of the Revolutionary era, and also a brief history of the Adams, Hancock and Quincy families. I would consider this to be an excellent introduction to the American Revolution to anyone who wants to learn more, or a worthwhile read for anyone already well-acquainted with the I won a copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. This is a really well-written account of the families of Braintree, Massachusetts and the part they played in the American Revolution. It gives the highlights, so to speak, of the Revolutionary era, and also a brief history of the Adams, Hancock and Quincy families. I would consider this to be an excellent introduction to the American Revolution to anyone who wants to learn more, or a worthwhile read for anyone already well-acquainted with the period, as it gives a deeper idea of the connections among those families without being exhaustive.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I found American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution to be a fascinating read. I enjoy reading about this time in American History and this book does not disappoint. I learned so much more information about these important people from that time. I think readers who want to find out more about what led up to the American Revolution should most definitely pick up this book. I am giving it five plus stars and highly recommend it. I received this book I found American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution to be a fascinating read. I enjoy reading about this time in American History and this book does not disappoint. I learned so much more information about these important people from that time. I think readers who want to find out more about what led up to the American Revolution should most definitely pick up this book. I am giving it five plus stars and highly recommend it. I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    The Hancock's, Adams and Quincy families played an integral part in the American Revolution. While most of us are familiar with John Adams, John Hancock, perhaps Sam Adams, we are less familiar with the rest of the families or the Quincy family. This well written and interesting history fills in the gap, It brings these families to life, their births, deaths marriages, interactions. What they did both in day to day activities and how they influenced the slow burn to rebellion. Any student of thi The Hancock's, Adams and Quincy families played an integral part in the American Revolution. While most of us are familiar with John Adams, John Hancock, perhaps Sam Adams, we are less familiar with the rest of the families or the Quincy family. This well written and interesting history fills in the gap, It brings these families to life, their births, deaths marriages, interactions. What they did both in day to day activities and how they influenced the slow burn to rebellion. Any student of this period of American history should read American Rebels.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    A refreshing take on the familiar history of the rise of the American Revolution, all from the standpoint of three famous families from Braintree, Massachusetts. The narrower focus gives you a great picture of John Adams, but less of his cousin Samuel's side of the family, since he lived in Boston. The under-reported importance of Josiah Quincy, Jr. is also highlighted. Recommended for those interested in the details behind the big picture.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Nina Sankovitch has succeeded in bringing the American Revolution to life in vivid detail. This is a fascinating read which breathes life into figures who were instrumental in our country’s founding. Being able to follow the trajectory of different people’s points of views allows one to appreciate the sacrifices the Quincy, Hancock, and Adams families endured. This is an irresistible read which I highly recommend.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Ms. Sankovitch presents such a vivid and detailed account of these key colonial players that one feels as if they are witnessing the events as they unfold. It feels as if you become part of the local Bostonian community. I thoroughly enjoyed the depth and psychological portrayal of the many unique personalities. Take it slowly and relive the confusion and decisions that revolutionary New Englanders faced in their day.

  30. 5 out of 5

    BDW

    A readable and engaging look at three families who provided key leaders in the American Revolution. the Quincy's, Adam's, and Hancock families all came from Braintree Massachusets. Sankovitch provides a view of how these interconnected families provided leaders on both sides of the conflict. A good addition to the various Revolution histories.

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