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Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution - Nathaniel Philbrick
Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution
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Nathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, brings his prodigious talents to the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution. Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by... show more
Nathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, brings his prodigious talents to the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution. Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents  have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord.  In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists. Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of the story. He finds new characters, and new facets to familiar ones. The real work of choreographing rebellion falls to a thirty-three year old physician named Joseph Warren who emerges as the on-the-ground leader of the Patriot cause and is fated to die at Bunker Hill. Others in the cast include Paul Revere, Warren’s fiancé the poet Mercy Scollay, a newly recruited George Washington, the reluctant British combatant General Thomas Gage and his more bellicose successor William Howe, who leads the three charges at Bunker Hill and presides over the claustrophobic cauldron of a city under siege as both sides play a nervy game of brinkmanship for control. With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape—geographic and ideological—in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, blisteringly real origins of America.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780670025442 (0670025445)
ASIN: 0670025445
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
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JasonKoivu
JasonKoivu rated it
5.0 Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution
I just love the hell out of Nathaniel Philbrick! That fella could write my obituary and I'd be happy as a pig in shit.As a born and bred New Englander, I'm fairly well-versed in American Revolution history, but even I learned a few things from reading Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution. Sinc...
Tower of Iron Will
Tower of Iron Will rated it
4.0
Dr. Joseph Warren is the hero of Philbrick's excellent account of the events before and after the Battle of Bunker Hill, the first major battle and the bloodiest of the American Revolution. Warren is an example of a "forgotten patriot," one of the many individuals who played critical roles in the r...
Book Thoughts
Book Thoughts rated it
5.0 Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution
Nathaniel Philbrick is one of my favorite authors without question. This is another winner from him that covers the history of Boston through the first half of 1775. The Bunker Hill title is a bit deceiving as the story really covers the run up to the battle, including large sections on Lexington ...
JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
”In the end, the city of Boston is the true hero of this story. Whether its inhabitants came to view the Revolution as an opportunity or as a catastrophe, they all found themselves in the midst of a survival tale when on December 16th, 1773, three shiploads of tea were dumped in Boston Harbor.”Battl...
Shelly's Book Journal
Shelly's Book Journal rated it
4.0 History Truths: What really happened at Bunker Hill?
In the tradition of his past books on history, Philbrick gets down to the nitty-gritty on what really happened to jump-start the American Revolution. While there was some discontent in other parts of the colonies, it was the spark lit by the New Englanders that started the raging fire. These colon...
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