More than 27 million Americans today can trace their lineage to the Scots, whose bloodline was stained by centuries of continuous warfare along the border between England and Scotland, and later in the bitter settlements of England's Ulster Plantation in Northern Ireland.
When hundreds of thousands of Scots-Irish migrated to America in the eighteenth century, they brought with them not only long experience as rebels and outcasts but also unparalleled skills as frontiersmen and guerrilla fighters. Their cultural identity reflected acute individualism, dislike of aristocracy and a military tradition; and, over time, the Scots-Irish defined the attitudes and values of the military, of working-class America and even of the peculiarly populist form of American democracy itself.
Born Fighting is the first book to chronicle the epic journey of this remarkable ethnic group and the profound but unrecognised role it has played in shaping the social, political and cultural landscape of America from its beginnings through to the present day.
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An extraordinary and ambitious book, written with power and perfect clarity - Scotland Magazine
Powerful stuff . . . an absorbing book - BBC Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine
An entertaining and thought-provoking read - Scottish Field
A comprehensive account of the effect the Scots-Irish had on the American people of today . . . a scholarly work - Scottish Home and Country
Certainly provides some illuminating historical perspectives . . . definitely worth a read - Morning Star
A bombshell - or else the most brilliant battle flare ever launched by a book . . . not only an engrossing story but also an important work of sociological history -
James Webb writes like Scots-Irish warriors take to the battlefield - with power and purpose, with courage and clarity. Born Fighting delights and inspires . . . he has written an extraordinary book -
Popular history at its finest - Booklist
About the Author
James Webb is the author of six bestselling novels, including Fields of Fire and The Emperor's General. He is also a filmaker (Rules of Engagement), an Emmy Award-winning journalist and has taught literature at university level. A descendant of Scots-Irish immigrants from Ulster who emigrated to the British North American colonies in the eighteenth century, he lives in Virginia.