On April 18, 1775, a riot over the price of flour broke out in the French city of Dijon. That night, across the Atlantic, Paul Revere mounted the fastest horse he could find and kicked it into a gallop. So began what have been called the sister revolutions of France and America. In a single, thrilling narrative, this book tells the story of those revolutions and shows just how deeply intertwined they actually were.
James R. Gaines is a longtime journalist, magazine editor, publishing executive, media consultant, and author. He has been the editor of Time, People, and Life, for which he also served as publisher. His books, works of cultural history, include Wit's End: Days and Nights of the Algonquin Round Table and Evening in the Palace of Reason, which explores the conflict between faith and reason through a fateful meeting between Johann Sebastian Bach and Frederick the Great. He lives in Paris. Norman Dietz is a writer, an actor, and a solo performer. Since 1962, he has toured coast to coast, presenting his work before audiences all over the United States and Canada. He is the author of the comic novel Nailing It, as well as Fables & Vaudevilles & Plays and The Lifeguard and the Mermaid, collections of his work for the stage. Norman has also performed frequently on radio and television, and he has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.