Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution

Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution Author Nathaniel Philbrick
ISBN-10 014312532X
ISBN-13 9780143125327
Year 2014-04-29
Pages 416
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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The bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea Mayflower and Valiant Ambition tells the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution in this masterpiece of narrative and perspective Boston Globe 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 Warrens fianc 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 landscapegeographic and ideologicalin a mesmerizing narrative of the robust messy blisteringly real origins of America

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