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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 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.

About the Author

Nathaniel Philbrick, is a leading authority on the history of Nantucket Island. His In the Heart of the Sea won the National Book Award. His latest book is Sea of Glory, about the epic U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838–1842. His other books include Away off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890 (which Russell Baker called "indispensable") and Abram's Eyes: The Native American Legend of Nantucket Island ("a classic of historical truthtelling," according to Stuart Frank, director of the Kendall Whaling Museum). He has written an introduction to a new edition of Joseph Hart's Miriam Coffin, or The Whale Fisherman, a Nantucket novel (first published in 1834) that Melville relied upon for information about the island when writing Moby Dick.

Philbrick, a champion sailboat racer, has also written extensively about sailing, including The Passionate Sailor (1987) and the forthcoming Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor's Odyssey. He was editor in chief of the classic Yaahting: A Parody (1984).

In his role as director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies, Philbrick, who is also a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association, gives frequent talks about Nantucket and sailing. He has appeared on "NBC Today Weekend", A&E's "Biography" series, and National Public Radio and has served as a consultant for the movie "Moby Dick", shown on the USA Network. He received a bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master of Arts in American Literature from Duke. He lives on Natucket with his wife and two children.

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jksquires, July 1, 2013 (view all comments by jksquires)
I've thoroughly enjoyed Philbrick's earlier works, but he's truly at the top of his game in his account of the events that surrounded the "shot heard 'round the world." His portrayal of the fascinating cast of characters, from ordinary Massachusetts farmers turned minutemen to the movers and shakers of Boston, such as John Hancock and the fascinating Dr. Joseph Warren, infuse their stories with real flesh and blood. Some thought they were merely foolhardy, but by their actions America was created. This is one terrific read.
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ISBN:
9780670025442
Subtitle:
A City, a Siege, a Revolution
Author:
Philbrick, Nathaniel
Author:
Poe, Richard
Author:
Sorensen, Chris
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
Military-US Military General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
A City, a Siege, a R
Publication Date:
20070424
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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