- Hardcover: 1312 pages
- Publisher: Stackpole Books; Reprint edition (August 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811705781
- ISBN-13: 978-0811705783
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 2.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Encyclopedia of the American Revolution Hardcover – August 1, 1994
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Top Customer Reviews
Written for the researcher in mind, this book has been invaluable for me in either writing my own articles, or for quickly being able to research some little-known fact while in the midst of a 'historical discussion.'
This volume is highly recommended, and it is useful, and quite literally, indispensable for the serious student.
Boatner’s work is older, but still relevant. It is not dedicated to exploring the ‘why’ aspects of the period, but rather the ‘who, what, when, and where’ aspects. In this regard it excels mightily while also remaining relevant to the study of the period. Few books manage this feat after a few decades as historians and their interpretations changed over time. Boatner included hand drawn maps in this volume, but no pictures. If there is a drawback to this work, the lack of illustrations and pictures is it. However, including pictures for each entry would probably come close to doubling the price of the work and it is not a cheap purchase. I personally have found it worth every penny I paid for it though.
It is easy to get lost in reading the many entries and more than one comment has been made about the time involved in reading the volume. That is a sign of a good book and this is only an encyclopedia. I myself have found a few hours disappearing when I opened the book to look up an entry only to explore its connections in greater detail. That could be a downfall, but then that is also a great way to use my time in my opinion.Read more ›
I usually wait until I finish a book before reviewing it, but not this time. At 1251 pages, that will be a while, but, I've spent about 2 hours reading a variety of entries, and this is a good book. It doesn't read like a novel, well it's not you know, but the items of discussion are very good reading. Short but informative, this may not be the last place to find everything there is to know about the Revolution, but it's pretty close. I have yet to think of a topic that is not covered, in detail, by this book. The writing style is varied depending on the length of entry, and the cross references are abundant. One can spend a lot of time bouncing from reference to reference to reference if desired.
I'm sorry to hear that the book was out of print, hard to imagine with all the knowledge contained inside, but I'm very glad it's back on the shelves. After reading 2 of Mr. Ketchum's books (reviews on Amazon) this should fill out the Revolutionary section of my library very nicely.
Highly recommended to all with Revolutionary War interest. Get it soon.
Since I live close to many of the sites in North and South Carolina, the book has been a valuable source of information for learning more about these sites.
Whether you live in the South, North, or Midwest, Boatner's book will be a valuable guide for you in learning more about the sites close to your home. The book is also an interesting read for anyone who may not live close to any of the sites and will encourage you to perhaps visit some of these sites someday.
Read and enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very chunky book brimming with information. We're using it as a reference for revolutionary war reenacting. Thank you for such a great resource!Published 5 months ago by Aimee Toms
This is the essential reference for study of the American Revolution.
A huge number of references, with a lot of information. Read more
Great book long out of print. Price was right and shipping a breeze!Published 16 months ago by drfrompr
This is an excellent handy reference guide and I recommend it highly.Published on July 4, 2014 by Stephan P. Clarke
Boatner covers all aspects of the Rev War down to the smallest details: people, background topics, campaaigns & battles . Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Alfy
Excellent, if you are learning or studying the Revolution this is a must have, a masterpiece of knowledge with maps, comments and much more, if you come across an obscure name or... Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Robert.B
This is a very good book but not as perfect as I expected. Many items that I expected to be separate entries or details in this book are missing (eg Sybil Ludington, Fishkill... Read morePublished on November 27, 2010 by Bob
Boatner's book is VERY inclusive. Just browsing shows up many obscure events, facts, people. Major battles are treated in depth extremely well. Read morePublished on June 13, 2010 by Alfy