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Much More Than What Your School Textbook Taught You
on May 25, 2013
Author Nathaniel Philbrick has favored us with his latest effort on Bunker Hill. I thoroughly enjoyed his previous books on The Mayflower and the one on General Custer. This book entitled Bunker Hill is divided into three parts entitled I. Liberty 2. Rebellion and 3. The Siege. I have to admit I found the book slow going in part 1. The book picked up considerably in part 2 with the battles at Lexington and Concord. Part 3 is about the battle on Bunker and Breeds' Hill which proved to be the single bloodiest battle in the war with 1100 causalities suffered by the British and 400 by the colonial army.
I found the author bringing out the personalities of those involved to be very well done with the hero, if there is to be one, to be Dr. Joseph Warren who was killed in the battle. Author Philbrick states that had Warren not been killed American history may very well have been quite different because the name George Washington may only have been a footnote in history and best known for his role in the French and Indian War. People generally are familiar with George Washington, Paul Revere, Sam Adams, and John Hancock but Author Philbrick also brings out the personalities of General Thomas Gage, Nathanael Greene, Henry "Ox" Knox, and minister Mather Byles among others. Byles is an interesting character and when asked how he could be a "brainless Tory", Byles answered by saying, "Tell me, which is better, to be ruled by one tyrant 3,000 miles away, or by 3,000 tyrants not a mile away?" He called the soldier who was ordered to guard him as his "observe-a-tory."
I enjoy reading about American history, but I did find the book to be more detailed for my taste. If your background is better than mine this should not be a problem for you. Since it was a little more descriptive than I would have liked I will rate it four stars.