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Bunker Hill

A City, A Siege, A Revolution

Philbrick, Nathaniel

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Bunker Hill
Recounts the events of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution, tracing the experiences of Patriot leader Dr. Joseph Warren, a newly recruited George Washington, and British General William Howe.

Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2013]
ISBN: 0670025445
Characteristics: xvii, 398 pages, 32 unnumbered pages :,illustrations (some color), maps ;,24 cm


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Jan 29, 2015
  • fjvalentin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this description of that difficult but crucial time in our nation's history. It is not so much just a depiction of the battle of Bunker Hill (Breed's Hill), but is more of a description of life in New England, particularly Boston during the period 1700 - 1776. One gets a flavor of how the inhabitants lived a very contented life as long as the crown didn't interfere, but after actions brought be King George III and his court, these independent people decided they had incurred enough.

Oct 21, 2014
  • powelldrp rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(reviewed originally in Goodreads)
As a recent resident of Boston, I wanted to achieve an understanding of Boston's role in the American Revolution and, thus, the establishment of our nation. Any casual visitor to the area immediately senses the layers and layers of history that have emerged from what was once termed "the hub of the universe." It was to the decades leading up to 1776 that I was particularly interested, and Philbrick's "Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution" turned the city, the surrounding area, and the people into a fascinating story of both British loyalty and American rebellion. The book essentially begins with the events leading up to the "embattled farmers" at Lexington and Concord and concludes with the evacuation of the British from Boston after having been surrounded by the colonials under the leadership of the recently-installed general, George Washington. However, in the midst of the story emerges an often overlooked hero--Dr. Joseph Warren--a man who perhaps, more than any other, drove the cause of liberty forward. Had his zeal for fighting been somewhat more balanced, Joseph Warren might have survived the Battle of Bunker Hill and emerged as the leader of all Colonial forces. Philbrick quotes the loyalist, Peter Oliver, who in 1782 observed that if Joseph Warren had lived, George "Washington would have been an obscurity."
I would place this book on the "must read" list for anyone interested in the American Revolution.

Jun 11, 2014

I thought this was a fantastic account of what happened in Boston, with both loyalist's and patriot's perspectives. It doesn't sugarcoat the the patriots nor paint the Brits as the bad guys. The author puts you in the moment. It gives you a good understanding of why things happened as they did. Great read!

Aug 15, 2013
  • JCLJaredH rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was disappointed that only two chapters in the middle of the book actually talk about the Battle of Bunker Hill. To me this book was more of a history of Boston and the surrounding area during the early part of the American Revolution than a definitive history of the battle. It is not a bad boo, but I was expecting more. For those new to learning about this era of American history, this book will be a good start. For those already familiar, there is nothing new to discover.

Jun 05, 2013
  • george0819 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Mr. Philbrick clearly has a passion for New England history and just as clearly has done considerable research, but in my opinion the story doesn't hang together sufficiently. The story is built around Dr. Joseph Warren, a little known Boston doctor, but the denouement occurs after SPOILER ALERT !! his death and the "heroes" aren't sufficiently built up, as if the author had a preconceived notion to create a Warren scenario and left the story there. Another issue, more the editors than the author, perhaps, is an absence of drawings, etc., while this book has some, they are woefully insufficient to support the story line and often, quite confusing. Another interesting, at least to me, point, is the authors proclivity to focus on private behaviors in a voyeuristic approach which adds nothing to the story line. If you enjoy history, though not a minute detail buff, this is a good read but not the best !!


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