Revolutionary War

Ethan Allen & the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

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ISBN: 9781596299207
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Published: History Press (SC) - April 30th, 2010

Concise yet comprehensive. Dozens of illustrations, photos, and maps. Smith has produced a book about the stunning May 1775 capture of the "Gibraltar of the North" that will appeal to local and visiting history buffs. A delightful combination of history and guide book. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

The Revolutionary War in Bennington County

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ISBN: 9781596294448
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Published: History Press (SC) - July 1st, 2008

The Revolutionary War in Bennington County is an absolutely dandy book - informative and well illustrated with fascinating photos, great period illustrations, and excellent maps. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War

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ISBN: 9780805061239
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 15th, 1999

Saratoga: Turning Point in America's Revolutionary War is the finest account of that most important battle and Richard Ketchum's greatest work. Highest recommendation. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Forgotten Patriots

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ISBN: 9780465020300
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Published: Basic Books - November 9th, 2010

An astonishing story of suffering and mortality that rivals Andersonville in scale and casts a very disturbing light on British attitudes toward Americans. It powerfully examines the universal human capacity for inhumanity. On a lighter note: you're gonna love Ethan Allen! ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Almost a Miracle

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ISBN: 9780195382921
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 3rd, 2009

For decades John Ferling has been one of the absolute finest early American academic historians; but it remains a mystery as to why he isn't better known (and admired) by more readers of American history...especially in light of the fact that his meticulous scholarship and insightful analyses are matched by his crystal clear writing. His study of the tumultuous 1800 presidential contest (ADAMS VS. JEFFERSON, pb, 2005) and his extraordinary explanation of the political story of the Revolutionary era (A LEAP IN THE DARK pb, 2004) are already considered standard works within their fields and both are immensely readable and enjoyable for all of us "armchair" historians. And there are many earlier books by Ferling that are just as good. Now comes his most recent work, ALMOST A MIRACLE, which should finally give Ferling the wide readership he certainly merits. Why is that, you may ask ? Because ALMOST A MIRACLE is now the standard single volume history of the Revolutionary War. Period. Exclamation point. It's been about 25 years or more since the last complete histories were published and, as publishers and readers both know, interest in 18th century American history has skyrocketed in the intervening period. And so has the research and scholarship. In short, it's high time for an up to date history of the war and no one is more qualified than John Ferling to fill the bill. Enjoy, learn, and keep it handy on your shelf...for at least the next 20 or so years. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

For Liberty and Glory

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ISBN: 9780393333510
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2008

Even avid readers of the American Revolution know far too little about the remarkable Marquis de Lafayette except that he was young and enthusiastic, that Washington's fondness suggests something like a father-son relationship, and that he certainly has a lot of "things" named for him all across our country. That Lafayette was both a genuine hero and at times a critical actor during the war is frequently overlooked by even our most illustrious historians. That he went on to become a pivotal leader in the early part of the French Revolution (and suffered terribly as a result) is hardly known to most Americans. And finally, that he lived long enough to witness America begin to grow and prosper and to see his own country survive its revolutionary excesses is an amazing story that deserves telling. James R. Gaines has given us a superb history that remedies all of the above and does so in extraordinarily pleasureable fashion. It's a big story involving two countries and two continents but Gaines is remarkable in keeping the story smooth and accessible all the way; especially when Lafayette returns to revolutionary France where explosive chaos (not to mention pronunciation challenges) frequently befuddle American readers. This is one of those books where the excellence of the work matches the appealing nature of its subject. And the Marquis is a most deserving fellow. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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