Revolutionary War


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ISBN: 9780743226721
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 4th, 2006

Vintage McCullough...graceful, informed, and memorable. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Washington's General

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ISBN: 9780805080056
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - January 10th, 2006

At last! A much needed biography of an indispensable and almost forgotten American hero...and Terry Golway, like his subject, has risen to the occasion. Absolutely first rate. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Paul Revere's Ride

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ISBN: 9780195098310
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 19th, 1995

Front rank scholar's dramatic study of "the shot heard 'round". A first rate biography of a very misunderstood Bostonian. The truth is much more exciting than the myth. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Revolutionary Outlaws

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ISBN: 9780813916033
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Published: University of Virginia Press - March 1st, 1995

By law and by logic Vermont should not exist...but it does...and the amazing story is wonderfully told in this modern, deeply researched history. Outstanding! ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Washington's Crossing

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ISBN: 9780195181593
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - February 1st, 2006

On of the finest books on the American Revolutionary War in decades, this 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner is a triumph in multiple ways. Perhaps a simple (and brief) way of suggesting its excellence is to say that it may easilly appeal equally to those who have minimal familiarity with the subject as well for those who are thoroughly knowledgable. Really. To start with, the research is prodigious and the carefully supported new discoveries are surprising: yes, George Washington may have been standing up in the boat as it crossed the ice choked Delaware; yes, there were bloddy footprints in the snow; and no, the Hessians were not drunk or hung over when the exhausted Continentals attacked shortly after daybreak on December 26. And speaking of the Hessians, they were anything but the brutish thugs that earlier histories have described. And nearly 25% of them chose to stay in America when the war finally ended. But impressive research, supported by wonderfully informative footnotes and generous appendices, is only for starters. What makes Fischer's work invariably appealing is the quality of his writing, which is accessible without being simplistic and dramatic without being contrived.In fact,reading WASHINGTON's CROSSING may remind many readers of how it feels to read a very good suspense novel. Except in this case the story is desperately and dangerously true. And what a story it was. Less than 6 months after the Declaration of Independence George Washington's army had experienced nothing but overwhelming defeat and had lost close to 70% of its numbers since mid-summer. Just weeks before Christmas 1776 Washington wrote in a private letter that "the game is nearly up." While the British prepared to finish off the dwindling rebel army (with a Springtime offensive or, preferably, with a negotiated surrender or probably both)Washington decided to gamble...and the rest, as they say, is history. David Hackett Fischer has delivered a masterpiece pure and simple. It gets no better than WASHINGTON'S CROSSING. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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

The story of this famous battle, told through the eyes of the combatants. The compelling narrative and thorough research bring the people and era alive in this wonderful book that was selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1997. Ketchum shows how the rag-tag Colonial army prevented Burgoyne from dividing the colonies and gaining control of the Hudson. He has used original letters, diaries and field documents to show why this battle was so important. Ketchum is also the author of Decisive Day: the Battle for Bunker Hill and The Winter Soldiers: The Battles for Trenton and Princeton. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones


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