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Now We Are Enemies: The Story of Bunker Hill Hardcover – June 1, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Amer History Pr; 50 Anv edition (June 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984225668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984225668
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"How do you write a book?" 24 year old Thomas Fleming asked bestselling writer Fulton Oursler in 1951. "Write four pages a day," Oursler said. "Every day except Sunday. Whether you feel like it or not. Inspiration consists of putting the seat of your pants on the chair at your desk." Fleming has followed this advice to good effect. His latest effort, "The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers," is his 50th published book. Twenty three of them have been novels. He is the only writer in the history of the Book of the Month Club to have main selections in fiction and in nonfiction. Many have won prizes. Recently he received the Burack Prize from Boston University for lifetime achievement. In nonfiction he has specialized in the American Revolution. He sees Intimate Lives as a perfect combination of his double talent as a novelist and historian. "Novelists focus on the imtimate side of life. This is the first time anyone has looked at the intimate side of the lives of these famous Americans, with an historian's eyes." Fleming was born in Jersey City, the son of a powerful local politician. He has had a lifetime interest in American politics. He also wrote a history of West Point which the New York Times called "the best...ever written." Military history is another strong interest. He lives in New York with his wife, Alice Fleming, who is a gifted writer of books for young readers.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David J. Forsmark on November 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Years before Michael Shaara wrote his Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, about the friends who faced each other at Gettysburg, Thomas Fleming launched his stellar career with this terrific- and similarly themed and gripping- narrative about the first battle of our first civil war, the American Revolution.

In Now We Are Enemies: The Story of Bunker Hill, now available in a 50th anniversary edition, Fleming reminds us that nearly all of the patriots on the American side with military experience had fought with the British against the French in the not so distant past; and that Governor Gage and General Howe were picked for their respective jobs because their friendships on the American side made them the most likely candidates to bring peace.

Now We Are Enemies remains the most complete telling of the famed battle which made famous the command, "Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes," and reminds us that while it was spun as a moral victory for the Patriot cause, Bunker Hill was an utter rout in favor of the British forces.

But perhaps the most significant contribution of this book is to remind us of an American hero mostly forgotten by all but the most ardent history buffs: 34 year-old Dr. Joseph Warren. Warren was perhaps Boston's most popular Patriot, a brilliant leader and budding Founding Father who died at Bunker Hill before he could take his place with other prominent Bostonians like the Adamses, John Hancock and Paul Revere.

Now We Are Enemies is a chance to take a look at two beginnings, that of the Revolution, and of perhaps its finest historian.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
NOW WE ARE ENEMIES: THE STORY OF BUNKER HILL appears in a special 50th anniversary edition of a classic history which remains the most complete account of the battle. It originally appeared in 1960 and was the first book about the battle in nearly 100 years: this new edition sports a new Introduction and a new Foreword and index, and is a 'must' for any serious American history library!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By martinscot on December 21, 2012
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As a supposed reiative of Joseph Warren(seems other Mass. citizens need no documented proof of origin so why not believe my great aunt's stories), I was taken by the detail of the historical events and the backgrounds of the participants. I had previously read a Reader's Digest summary some years ago, was blown away by this full text. Amazing what these wantabe Americans did and the sacrifices they made for their freedom. Will it happen again???
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By Joe on July 17, 2013
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This account of the July battle we call Bunker Hill answered all three of my history-reading needs; 1) Who, what where, when? 2) 3-dimensional how; that is to say, a sense of how events overlapped and influenced one another 3) The feelings and thoughts of individuals/groups during, before and after. Thomas Fleming's writing is masterful.
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This book, first published over 50 years ago, is still perhaps the best single account of the Battle of Bunker Hill. This is not dry history, but literally places you on the battlefield at the time of the clash. Very well researched and beautifully written.
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