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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Casemate Pub (April 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935149008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935149002
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very well written book.
Donald M Shattuck
Highly recommended, especially for college libraries and military history shelves.
Midwest Book Review
There are several other errors as well, which show a lack of research.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Hope VINE VOICE on June 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Speaking as one who has read a good deal concerning the various military campaigns of the American colonial period I did not find this book to be particularly engaging. Perhaps a reader less familiar with the events covered would find this book more worthwhile. The author states in his introduction that He has mixed in descriptions of the personal feelings of the characters involved. I found the mix of historical narrative and the author's presumtions about the feelings and motives of those involved to be somewhat distracting. Many times I found myself wondering if a particular passage was based on some surviving journal or letter or was simply a fabrication. Another distraction was the occasional insertion of disconnected paragraphs with little context given such as the mention of Queen Esther's rampage. Also the book makes only passing references to the Mohawk Valley portion of the campaign which I found surprising given the full title of the book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Superchemist cook on March 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Having lived within 20 minutes of Saratoga for more than 30 years, I was very interested to read the story of the Wilderness War of 1777 that took place largely in my neighborhood. The narrative of the strategy of the generals involved, a chronology of the many battles taking place starting with Burgoyne entering from Canada, and the interspersing of personal accounts were all very interesting reading. However, being a fan of history, but not an actual historian, I found that many details and descriptions, naming seemingly every individual taking part in every battle quickly became tedious. Although the hundred or so pages of notes provided more detail, I would have preferred for the author to simply state in the text that such and such person kept a personal log, as the source of information. I was also a bit put off that several times in the text the inhabitants of the region were described with backhanded compliments...e.g. uneducated, but independent. Twice the author mentioned that the patriots knew nothing of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, etc. Well, in 1777, NOBODY did, since the Constitution didn't exist for another 10 years. I would also have preferred to have about 3 times as many maps, so that I wouldn't have had to pull out my own atlases. With the huge area of terrain covered, I'd still like to know, for example, where Skenesborough, or Fort George were. Overall, it was a good read, but could have been a lot better
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. CROSBY on February 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have been waiting for a book like this for decades. My 4x's great-Grandfather was with the 2nd Mass. Militia and served during the Wilderness War of 1777, and I have had a devil of a time finding a lively engrossing book such as this that pertains to that area and year. other accounts I did find seem drab and a huge bore compared to "Muskets". It brought me back to Allen Eckerts sublime volumes of the frontier people.

The author conducted an amazing amount of research and it shows. not a single dull spot in this History book. It moves along like an adventure or war novel. It pays tribute to friend and foe alike, also pointing out atrocities committed by both sides of the conflict. A fine social history that proves great history book writers are still around.

If you are a Rev War buff or a descendent of someone who served in this campaign I urge you to buy it. You'll see how tough everyone had it back in that period. What a hard life it must have been!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on December 30, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Excellent storyline and insight into an often overlooked area in Revolutiinary War history.

What is extremely frustrating is the poor job done to edit the book prior to publication. The book is rich in paragraphs that end in the middle of a sentence and typos throughout. Too bad because the story is engaging to those.familiar with Northeastern US geography and an interest in this historical period.

I wrote this review on a mobile device and had a few typos. Maybe that's what happened with the book:)
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael Conrad on August 4, 2010
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For anyone interested in the true story about the American Revolution and the battles of the Wilderness Campaign better known as "Saratoga" this book is a must read. As a history teacher, I am disgusted at how American text books tend to paint the American Revolution and the key individuals involved in it, in a mythical or even "divine" light that is anything but authentic. Most of our history reads like a story almost too good to be true. This book has none of that! "With Musket and Tomahawk" paints a very honest, ugly and brutal picture of the Saratoga Campaign and the people who experienced it. Rather than focusing all of the attention on the events covering the two days of fighting at what is now Saratoga, this book takes the reader through every battle from the moment the British leave Montreal, up to their bloody, desperate and pathetic surrender while trying to cross the Hudson. Instead of seeing this victory as a miracle delivered by God, you will come away understanding that the British had no chance of victory right from the start, and may even see the American Revolution as a "British Vietnam." Because of the scope of this campaign, those readers with a serious academic background may be left wanting more in the way of detail or become bored with the style of writing, but for the amateur historian or fan of military history that has longed for a true and honest account of the Revolution, this book is for you!
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