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Coming from one of our most creative and gifted historians, A Struggle for Power offers students a boldly argued reinterpretation of the defining event in our nation's history, portraying the American Revolution not as a clash of ideologies, but as a Machiavellian struggle for power. Drawing on a wealth of contemporary documents as well as the most recent scholarship, Draper persuasively demonstrates that English politicians were beginning to worry about their colonies' growing autonomy as early as 1760, while even the most radical Americans continued to see themselves as British subjects until the last minute. As it vividly recreates events such as the Stamp Act and the Boston Massacre--from perspectives as diverse as those of Benjamin Franklin and George III--this major work will transform students' understanding of our national origins.