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Bunker Hill

A City, A Siege, A Revolution
Philbrick, Nathaniel (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Bunker Hill


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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.
Authors: Philbrick, Nathaniel
Title: Bunker Hill
a city, a siege, a revolution
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2013]
Characteristics: xvii, 398 pages, 32 unnumbered pages :,illustrations (some color), maps ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Part I: Liberty
The city on the hill
Poor unhappy Boston
The long hot summer
The alarm
The unnatural contest
Part II: Rebellion
The trick to see it
The bridge
No business but that of war
The redoubt
The battle
Part III: The siege
The fiercest man
The clap of thunder
Epilogue: Character alone
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0670025445
9780670025442
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Report This 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.

Report This 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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