Revolutionary War

The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life by Joyce Lee Malcom - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781681777375
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Published: Pegasus Books - May 1st, 2018

Benedict Arnold: brilliant military commander, shrewd businessman, accomplished sailor, and generous benefactor, is remembered only as America's most famous traitor. Malcolm frames Arnold's adventures within the wild, violent, and highly uncertain War of Independence, where envy, jealousy, political pettiness and micromanagement demoralized Arnold to the point where switching sides, to him, became the noble course of action. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare

Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom by Russell Shorto - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393245547
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2017

America's creation from six diverse perspectives: African-born slave, Albany bureaucrat, Iroquois leader, British politician, well-bred young woman, and George Washington. Their noble acts and blinkered decisions, missteps and triumphs, grievances, ambitions, and failures frame the Revolution in personal terms. And Washington, in Shorto's hands, emerges not as a plaster saint, but as a starkly human, and often flawed American. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth by Holger Hoock - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780804137287
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Published: Crown - May 9th, 2017

Textbook accounts of the American Revolution as a high-minded, relatively bloodless quest for freedom are smashed in Scars of Independence. Terrors infecting the globe today are not too far a stretch from the abhorrent physical, psychological, and deadly brutalities practiced by both sides before, during, and immediately after the Revolution. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare

1777: Tipping Point at Saratoga - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780190618759
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 11th, 2016

An hour-by-hour account of the Battle of Saratoga, 1777 places readers in its 33-day whirlwind of combat, strategies, blunders, and triumphs. Expert storytelling and meticulous research illuminate rash Benedict Arnold, champagne-sipping John Burgoyne, officers, enlisted men, and families. 1777 presents a realistic and sympathetic retelling of the Battle that made America. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare

Valiant Ambition

Mr. Philbrick manages to remove a few layers of the varnish that history has applied to Washington's reputation as a general and, more significantly, provides a convincing foundation for Arnold's infamous betrayal. The author of In the Heart of the Sea also focuses upon the importance of the waterways that served as pathways to the bloody conflicts that ultimately gave birth to a new nation. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Independence Lost

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ISBN: 9780812981209
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 12th, 2016

For those who's knowledge of the American Revolution revolves around the Northeast, Independence Lost will be an eye-opener. DuVal uses several personal accounts to trace the Revolution's path in the Gulf Coast, a region neglected in traditional histories. Scottish entrepreneurs, Acadian farmers, Choctaw-British diplomats and French-owned slaves are represented in this vivid account of British, American, French and Spanish struggles to lay claim to eastern North America. These varied narratives exemplify the thesis that 1776 marked the start of a global conflict, not simply a rebellion.


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