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- Publisher: Crown (August 14, 2018)
- Publication Date: August 14, 2018
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077LR8Y2P
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Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost Hero Kindle Edition
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—WALL STREET JOURNAL
“In a marvelously written and well-researched biography, Di Spigna paints a portrait of Warren that emphasizes not only his zeal and almost relentless patriotic quest, but also his exceedingly successful medical professional and how it was interwoven with his spirit of liberty… Di Spigna’s effort puts Warren on the appropriate historical stage.”
"Di Spigna argues persuasively that Warren, who died at the Battle of Bunker Hill, was the indispensible man in the Boston rebellion that led to revolution and independence... Founding Martyr is a joy to read—thoroughly researched and written with a narrative pace that reflects Warren's own sense of urgency as tensions with England rose."
“A product of exhaustive research and a plethora of primary sources, this work is thorough, powerful, and eloquently written. In short, as an effective outline of the life and times of an all too frequently overlooked founding father, this biography would be a valuable addition to the bookshelf of any historian, casual or professional.”
—REVIEWS IN HISTORY
"Joseph Warren has finally found the biographer who restores him to his place among the architects of American independence. Well-written and thoroughly researched, Founding Martyr not only illuminates Warren's role, but sheds new light on how resistance to British policies was organized at the grass roots. It is an important contribution to our understanding of the coming of the American Revolution."
—ERIC FONER, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Fiery Trial
"Without Joseph Warren, who combined the passionate eloquence of Thomas Jefferson with the leadership abilities of George Washington, the American Revolution might have never even gotten started. Christian Di Spigna has written a laudable and carefully researched biography of the Founding Father history forgot."
—NATHANIEL PHILBRICK, author of Valiant Ambition and Bunker Hill
“For over a century, Joseph Warren's heroic death at Bunker Hill has cast a shadow over his quite extraordinary life. Ironically, the fact that he was the first martyr to what was simply called the Cause has obscured his role in making the American Revolution happen. Christian Di Spigna is the first modern historian to bring Warren to life again as the prominent partner of Samuel Adams in leading American resistance to British imperialism during the decade before the first shots were fired.”
—JOSEPH J. ELLIS, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Founding Brothers and American Dialogue: The Founders and Us
“The American Revolution had many martyrs, but few of them were more worthy of the term than Joseph Warren. Largely forgotten, Warren is brought back to life in this exciting new biography by Christian Di Spigna. In vivid and fast-paced chapters, Di Spigna chronicles Warren’s rise to prominence among the Boston revolutionaries; equally, he takes the story up to the present, explaining how and why Warren dropped out of the picture. Founding Martyr restores Warren to his rightful place in the revolutionary story.”
—HERBERT SLOAN, Professor Emeritus of History, Barnard College
“Di Spigna argues that, although Joseph Warren (1741-1775) remains largely unknown, he was ‘one of the most important figures in the movement for independence,’ a characterization amply supported by the evidence presented in this revealing and insightful biography… Di Spigna incorporates diligent research, enhanced by analysis of primary sources only he has tracked down (such as medical records Warren maintained for his practice), into a gripping narrative that doesn’t shy away from the darkness in his subject, including Warren’s family’s ownership of slaves. This book will give readers a fuller picture of American leadership before the active engagement of those now called the founding fathers.”
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred)
“A fresh biography of an underappreciated figure in American history… [Di Spigna] reminds readers that Warren was more than a man who sacrificed his life for the cause of liberty… [he] persuasively argues that Warren was ‘a rare combination of statesman and warrior’ and that ‘his effective arsenal of voice, pen, and sword was unrivaled by any other patriot’… Hopefully, Di Spigna’s insightful biography will rekindle public interest in Warren, a man who deserves to be remembered.”
“The short but eventful life of Dr. Joseph Warren should have earned him a place in the pantheon of heroes of our struggle for independence… In this unabashedly admiring biography, Di Spigna strives to restore Warren’s fame… Readers may sense that Warren was a romantic adventurer who preferred fighting to the pursuits of healing and family life. This is a valuable reminder that it takes all types to make a revolution.”
“[A] concise and accessible primer… a great read for those interested in early American history.”
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Founding Martyr by Christian DiSpigna, a summa cum laude Columbia University graduate in history, represents a ground-breaking historiographical approach to Warren. With the skills of a professionally trained historian, DiSpigna reveals a stunning new vision of this mysterious and fascinating man. Warren is mysterious because so few primary sources remain from which to analyze his life. His early death at 34, intentional destruction of personal papers, and later house fires left few documents for historians.
With his exhaustive 20 year search of primary sources to fill in many blank pages of Warren’s life, DiSpigna has made an invaluable contribution to early American history. Such discoveries include additional facts as well as corrections to previously held beliefs. For example, DiSpigna’s comprehensive and thoroughly documented research reveals that Warren did not dispatch Dawes and Revere on their historic rides from the Green house on Hanover Street as formerly believed. DiSpigna discovered that it was in fact from a house owned by a neighbor named Chardon. His biography is filled with such discoveries that the reader will find fascinating.
The reader is stunned to discover a man so young, so accomplished, and yet so unrecognized. DiSpigna’s enthusiasm for his subject may initially appear overblown until seen in its entirety. Warren was a young man, less than halfway into his thirties, who, as author of the Suffolk Resolves, penned the first statement of principles approved by all thirteen colonies which became the first cornerstone of agreement leading to the Declaration of Independence. He was simultaneously the chief executive of Massachusetts, heads of its Committee of Correspondence (equivalent to Secretary of State), Committee of Safety (equivalent to Secretary of Defense), a spy network, and was nominated to be a Major General in the Provincial forces. Maybe even more remarkable is that he was able to earn the respect and loyalty from the prominent men of an earlier generation and established veterans of the French and Indian wars. He has no equivalent in the Revolutionary generation.
How does a historian deal with errors found in earlier works? He can challenge each fact one by one in a polemical argument that quickly becomes personal, opinionated and unappealing to a general audience. Or the historian can present his facts, and his interpretations of those facts, and let his analysis stand on its own merits. DiSpigna chose the latter, more professional approach by opting to present his own narrative. He does not explicitly point out significant errors found in earlier works or crow about his own discoveries. In fact, DiSpigna explicitly praises earlier works as “extensively researched” and “more informative that previous works,” professional courtesies deceptively ignored in some reviews of his work. As a trained historian, DiSpigna sticks to the standards of his discipline and eschewed filling empty portions of the record with digressions into the genre of historical romance.
DiSpigna has made considerable contributions to Warren scholarship. His book should be read and discussed by academics, government and military leaders, business men, and all scholars of the American Revolution.