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
is 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, 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.
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