Rescued from Obscurity,
This review is from: John the Painter: Terrorist of the American Revolution (Hardcover)
I saw this book in my local library a few years ago and made a mental note to read it someday....because really, who ever heard of an American terrorist during the Revolution? I certainly hadn't.
Jessica Warner introduces the reader to this interesting story of a misguided soul who, it seems, must have believed he would win fame and fortune with acts of sabotage against the Royal Navy during the American Revolution. I write "seems" because John the Painter doesn't leave much of a "paper trail" behind, forcing Warner to try and piece together his movements and motivations from various random sources. And Warner does a great job of it, weaving a quick-moving story of terrorism and intrigue, a story that involves a somewhat ambitious arson plot, an American ambassador and even a British double-agent!
As most people have never heard of "John the Painter," it's probably not too difficult to conclude that he wasn't very successful in his endeavors. Even so, his story makes a fascinating read for someone interested in this period of history, and I highly recommend it!
Five stars. Jessica Warner has done a lot with relatively little source material. Worth your time!