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The Revolutionary Paul Revere Paperback – April 6, 2010
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We have seen great historians present their version of history in compelling and novel-like language. David MCCullough in "1776" and "John Adams" moves the narrative along with literary language and the result is an engaging read. The same could be said about JAmes Swanson in "Manhunt" or Nathaniel Philbrick in "Mayflower". Joel Miller does not follow in their footsteps and his language proves to be the downfall of this book. Here are a few examples:
1) The overall tone when refering to the British army is disrespectful. They are refered to as "The Brits" throughout and the reader doesn't get the feeling of objectivity because of it. When refering to the death of the British General Edward Braddock at the Forks of the Ohio River, he oddly says that he "bought it at the Forks" (p. 30) Does he mean "bought the farm"? Bizarre word choice. There are many numerous examples of this type of language.
2) There are strange transitions throughout the book as he tries to move the narrative along. My personal (funny) favorite is " Politics was newly hot, hot, hot." (p. 176).
3) At some point, a historian has to imagine thoughts and motivations of a historical figure and Miller attempts at inhabiting Paul Revere but makes some hokey comments.Read more ›
The writing style of this book brought the story of Paul Revere alive for me. I felt like I was living in the late 1700's with Revere and his family. I felt the pain of his financial struggles and the triumphant of his personal achievements. Miller does an exceptional job in this book of bringing not only the character and his life alive but also the impact of the society that Revere lived in. The 1700's were an every changing time and the events in Revere's life were a direct result of the economical and political world around him. If you or an older student (late middle school to high school age) enjoy reading about American history and the people who influenced our early years, this book is a must read.
First, this book was a great idea. It's as much about the American Revolution as it is Paul Revere, but it gives the story and sequence of the events of the American Revolution as seen from Revere's eyes, and I have never read a non-fiction work on this era like this. It is astounding to see how vast the breadth of Revere's touch was. Revere is mostly famous for his "Redcoats are coming" ride and perhaps for silversmithing, but every bit of his life was more interesting and hands-on than you could have known. Revere was a brazen and brave leader amongst the Patriots. He was ingenious and productive. He was deep and broad in his skill and passion. He was hands-on in building some of the amazing and lasting works of that era (including the USS Constitution, which would not have survived so long if not for Paul's quality work keeping it held together).
My grievances are small, but I was disconcerted that Mr. Miller repeatedly used a rather flippant, modern jargon to apply to the matters at hand. Word choices that pulled us out of the time period to our modern one. I noted it 17 times and may have given grace to others. Thankfully, they were top-heavy at the front of the book so I was less put-out as I went along. In telling of a general being killed in action, Miller said he "bought it." In describing how Revere and his first wife met, he employed the informal "became an item." When the stores were not allowed to sell, they were, "on ice." The technique doesn't make it unreadable, it just lops off some of the import that Revere and his important work conveyed.Read more ›
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Every time I hear someone say "The British are coming", I want to slap'em in the back of the head and hand them this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marina E.
Odd and inappropriate turns of phrases, out-of-place slang expressions and an odd over-familiarity with the subject, namely the repeated use of "... Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Gordon M. Wagner
Wow.... For myself as not being a big reader...... AWESOME book..... Read it in less then a week..... A give it a A+++++++Published on January 23, 2013 by Sarahhanna
Not a great source for information pertaining to Revolutionary icon Paul Revere. I would recommend any other historic source for further and deeper information of this period in... Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by M. Gaines
Joel J. Miller's, "The Revolutionary Paul Revere" is a well written, thoroughly researched, most interesting look at a most interesting man. Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by Seaotter
I have to admit that this book sat on my shelf for some time before I finally cracked it open. When I did, I wondered why I'd waited so long. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by ARH
I was very disappointed in this biography. Having had read many of the acclaimed and popular histories revolving around the founding fathers and the associated time period I would... Read morePublished on August 14, 2011 by mark w. roney
Have you ever heard of Apollos Rivoire? I hadn't until I read this book. Apollos Rivoire is the father of Paul Revere. Read morePublished on March 7, 2011 by Charity