Rise to Rebellion

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Rise to Rebellion
First edition
Author Jeff Shaara
Country United States
Language English
Series American Revolution series
Genre Historical novel
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 512 pp
ISBN 978-0-345-42753-3
OCLC 45835526
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3569.H18 R57 2001
Followed by The Glorious Cause

Rise to Rebellion is a 2001 historical fiction book by Jeff Shaara that tells the story of the events leading up to the American Revolution. The book spans from the Boston Massacre to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The events of the American Revolution are portrayed through the perspectives of multiple characters, including Sentry Hugh White of the British army, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Lieutenant-General Thomas Gage, George Washington, Governor Thomas Hutchinson, Captain James Hall, Abigail Adams, Paul Revere, Dr. Joseph Warren, and Major John Pitcairn.

Rise to Rebellion is the first of a two-part series on the American Revolution, modeled after Jeff and Michael Shaara's Civil War trilogy. It is followed by The Glorious Cause.


Rise to Rebellion received generally positive reviews for its vivid portrayal of the historical events of the American Revolution. Booklist praised it as "an exciting evocation of events leading up to the formation of America,"[1] and Publisher's Weekly appreciated the book's "passion and vigor."[2] Kirkus Reviews, however, called the work "dull" and "disappointing," saying that the characters were "all so burdened by the task of providing the reader with huge dollops of sedulously digested information that Shaara neglects to give them any individual reality."[3]

Rise to Rebellion spent six weeks on the New York Times fiction bestsellers list from July to August 2001. It peaked at No. 9 on the list in the week of July 22, 2001.[4]


  1. ^ "Booklist Review: Rise to Rebellion". Booklist. Booklist. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Fiction Review: Rise to Rebellion". Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Rise to Rebellion". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "New York Times Best Seller List: Rise to Rebellion". nytbestsellerlist.com. Dutton Software. Retrieved September 13, 2011. [permanent dead link]