"Winik is a master of character study and a born storyteller.  The cast of characters is a veritable gallery of greats. Cecil B. De Mille could not have asked for more. [Winik can] recover a palpable sense of what it was like, for example, to watch Marie Antoinette go to the guillotine or George Washington dominate a room by his silence. If you want to understand, intellectually and emotionally, what it was like to experience this historic upheaval, this is the book for you.”

– Joe Ellis, The New York Times Book Review    read more »

Jay Winik is one of the nation's leading historians and the author of the New York Times bestsellers April 1865 and The Great Upheaval. read more »

Media & Events

  • The Great Upheaval hits the New York Times Bestseller List: 09/07
  • Interview by Edward Morris in BookPage
  • “An Historic Birth” - Interview in The National Review
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