Nina Sankovitch, bestselling author of The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family, and Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading, has a new book coming out in March 2020, titled American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution.
AmericanRebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution.
“Sankovitch has woven a compelling, potent chronicle of members of three principal American families that will be valued by readers of American history at all levels.” — Starred review, Library Journal
“Historian Sankovitch (The Lowells of Massachusetts) explores the family connections and revolutionary politics shared by John Hancock, John and Abigail Adams, and Josiah Quincy Jr., in this richly detailed and fluidly written account…Sankovitch leavens her deeply researched account with wit, and presents a persuasive and entertaining portrait of life in colonial Boston. Revolutionary War buffs will savor this thoughtful addition to popular histories of the period.” — Publishers Weekly
“American Rebels is a fascinating and richly detailed story of three New England families who emerged from their small world to change ours forever.” — James Comey, former FBI director and author of A Higher Loyalty.
In American Rebels, Sankovitch follows the intertwined lives of John Hancock, John Adams, Josiah Quincy Junior, Abigail Smith Adams, and Dorothy Quincy Hancock, all of whom spent their childhoods in Braintree, Massachusetts. How it that such prominent leaders of the American revolution all came from a tiny village? The answer is fascinating, complex, inspiring, and largely unexplored — and makes for great story-telling.
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.
The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family, Sankovitch’s third book and the first to be published by the wonderful St. Martin’s Press, tells the story of the Lowell family, from Percival Lowle’s arrival in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1639 through the blazing of Amy Lowell’s poetic glory in the early twentieth century.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing
Sankovitch’s discovery of the letters of James Seligman and his family, along with her lifelong love of letters and the fact that her oldest son was leaving for college sent Sankovitch on a quest to understand the history of letter writing, and to define the qualities of letters that make them so special.
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