Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick
A City, a Siege, a Revolution

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6 Critic Reviews

...Bunker Hill kicked it off, and historian Nathaniel Philbrick has done a splendid job of interweaving firsthand accounts to produce a dramatic, fast-paced narrative of the battle...
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Synopsis

Nathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, and author of the forthcoming Valiant Ambition (May 2016), 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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Nathaniel Philbrick

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NATHANIEL PHILBRICK is the bestselling author of Mayflower, In the Heart of the Sea, and Sea of Glory. He lives in Nantucket.
 
Published April 30, 2013 by Penguin Books. 417 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel. Non-fiction
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WSJ online

Below average
Reviewed by Thomas Fleming on Apr 26 2013

...Mr. Philbrick may have carried his fondness for flaws too far. The evidence of Warren's guilt he presents seems weak—mostly second-hand, without a single eye-witness statement from anyone, including the principals.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on Mar 03 2013

A rewarding approach to a well-worn subject, rich in anecdotes, opinion, bloodshed and Byzantine political maneuvering.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephen J Lyons on May 11 2013

Quite masterfully, Philbrick does not sink to simply good and evil distinctions in the run-up to Bunker Hill.

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Washington Times

Good
Reviewed by Aram Bakshian Jr. on Jun 26 2013

...Bunker Hill kicked it off, and historian Nathaniel Philbrick has done a splendid job of interweaving firsthand accounts to produce a dramatic, fast-paced narrative of the battle...

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Scott Martelle on May 12 2013

...a riveting, fast-paced account of the nation's difficult conception but also about how people maneuvered in their time and place and under significant stress.

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The Economist

Good
on Apr 27 2013

...he examines how the 18th-century equivalent of today’s spin doctors played a crucial role in the incendiary incidents in and around Boston that led up to the first and bloodiest battle of the American war of independence.

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