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Paul Lockhart combines military and political history to offer a major reassessment of one of the most famous battles in American history.
One hot June afternoon in 1775, on the gentle slopes of a hill near Boston, Massachusetts, a small band of ordinary Americans—frightened but fiercely determined—dared to stand up to a superior British force. The clash would be immortalized as the Battle of Bunker Hill: the first real engagement of the American Revolution and one of the most famous battles in our history.But Bunker Hill was not the battle that we have been taught to believe it was.
Revisiting old evidence and drawing on new research, historian Paul Lockhart, author of The Drillmaster of Valley Forge, shows that Bunker Hill was a clumsy engagement pitting one inexperienced army against another. Lockhart tells the rest of the story, too: how a mob of armed civilians became America's first army; how George Washington set aside his comfortable patrician life to take command of the veterans of Bunker Hill; and how the forgotten heroes of 1775—though overshadowed by themore famous Founding Fathers—kept the notion of American liberty alive, and thus made independence possible.
As others have mentioned, there were multiple factual errors which really take away from the book. Also I did not like the author describing the emotions of the participants when... Read morePublished 1 month ago by HM
An excellent book that adds to the history of the beginnings of the Revolutionary War.Published 2 months ago by Herbert S.
“The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington” is a rather in-depth account of the leading up to, and subsequent battle... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jonathan Weller
Paul Lockhart is a pleasure to read. I came across him as an author when I read his book The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: the Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mimi Coffey
The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington is a good read for anyone interested in military or US History. Read morePublished 9 months ago by RJ Stokely
Terrific military history of the famous Battle of Bunker Hill, (though on an around Breed's Hill in actuality) that clarifies popular legends and lore and sets the record straight... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bryn C. Dunham
Well written and very interesting from start to finish. Paul Lockhart adds new insights and information on an event that I thought I knew alot about.Published 15 months ago by kacy
Very readable and provides a fresh insight of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Revolutionary War enthusiasts will enjoy it. I particularly liked the description of Dr. Read morePublished 15 months ago by DonG