"Joseph Warren is a fascinating work of research and historical sleuthing that applies a much-needed medical expertise to the story of one of revolutionary Massachusetts's preeminent physicians and political leaders. Thanks to Forman's terrific new book we will never see Dr. Joseph Warren in the same way again." - Nathaniel Philbrick
"Thank you Dr. Forman for writing the book. [You] sought to put together the details of the life of Joseph Warren, a Boston doctor... who started the [Warren] physician lineage as well as had a major impact in the American Revolution." - Atul Gawande
"Dr. Samuel Forman presents this extraordinary book about Dr. Joseph Warren... His roots in history allow him to be an exemplar of the scholar physician." - Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard University School of Public Health"This is a story about an extremely overlooked founder who really played a huge part in the country's fight for freedom from the English. This is a definite keeper in the biography/historian's and perhaps, even the fiction reader's library." - Mary Lignor, Feathered Quill Book Reviews
From the Inside Flap
"Had Warren failed at the Siege of Boston, the Continental Congress and all its high ideals would have come to nothing. Warren's insistence, during that formative precedent-setting interlude, on the strict separation of representative government from a subordinate military, is an enduring contribution to the American experience. It was a gift he purchased with his life. America owes Warren much, the least of which is knowing his story and understanding his aspect of our nation's beginnings."
- Paul Bracken, professor of political science, Yale University, and author of Fire in the East: The Rise of Asian Military Power and the Second Nuclear Age
Dr. Joseph Warren conducted what was surely the most unusual medical practice in America's early history. He collected key military intelligence prior to the Revolutionary War from a network of spies acting as patients and was among early American doctors to use dead bodies for anatomical study. However, that is only part of his story. By virtue of directing the original Minute Men, Warren is considered a founder of the Army National Guard. He served as president of the 1775 Massachusetts Provincial Congress, where he advocated for a military accountable only to elected government, and as a Freemasonry Grand Master. Finally, as a military general, Warren was the first high-ranking American officer killed during the Revolutionary War. This definitive biography is accompanied by an enlightening series of appendices, which include a forensic reconstruction of the doctor's account books. Dr. Samuel A. Forman has a personal mission to increase enthusiasm for American core values. He became intrigued by the references to Joseph Warren, whose résumé defied belief that one person could do many things, much less do them simultaneously, well, and frequently lead them. Early in his research for this book, Forman attended lectures on the American Revolution by Prof. David Hackett Fischer, Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author of books on the era, who commented that "it may take a physician to tell Warren's story properly." Making sense of opaque eighteenth-century physician's account books, a feat of both forensic analysis and medical historical scholarship, turned out to be the elusive key to understanding Joseph Warren's life experiences. It is an accomplishment that only a scholar-physician could hope to achieve. A father of five, Forman lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.