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Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence (Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series) Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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Bill O'Reilly's success in broadcasting and publishing is unmatched. The iconic anchor of The O'Reilly Factor led the program to the status of the highest rated cable news broadcast in the nation for sixteen consecutive years. His website BillOReilly.com is followed by millions all over the world.
In addition, he has authored an astonishing 12 number one ranked non-fiction books including the historical "Killing" series. Mr. O'Reilly currently has 17 million books in print.
Bill O'Reilly has been a broadcaster for 42 years. He has been awarded three Emmy's and a number of other journalism accolades. He was a national correspondent for CBS News and ABC News as well as a reporter-anchor for WCBS-TV in New York City among other high profile jobs.
Mr. O'Reilly received two other Emmy nominations for the movies "Killing Kennedy" and "Killing Jesus."
He holds a history degree from Marist College, a masters degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, and another masters degree from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Bill O'Reilly lives on Long Island where he was raised. His philanthropic enterprises have raised tens of millions for people in need and wounded American veterans.
Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. He and his wife live in Southern California with their three sons.
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I could live without the constant bouncing back and forth between present and simple-past tense, and frankly, the "personal life" scenes in which we slog through Person X with/without his wife going to/from his farm and wishing he did/didn't have to go off to war or wanting to have children or having problems with his kids, etc, were tedious, but there wasn't that much of that. I do understand that the goal was to humanize the characters with some personal-life backstory, and it's easy enough to just swipe left on that stuff. Most of the book is exactly what a reader would expect and want - politics, battles, strategy, intrigue, etc.
I've always found the British side/perspective on the conflict very interesting and have read many books on it. Killing England does do a nice (though superficial) job of explaining why it wasn't as simple for them as just letting the colonies go, even as the costs and losses started piling up.
All in all, like all the Killing books for me, it's an effective, well written "Starter Kit" to get people into an historical topic that many just don't know about and might decide to explore further. For those already knowledgeable, it's easy popcorn reading with a "human story" slant that makes for a good page-turning re-introduction to a topic one might have stopped exploring long ago and might enjoy getting back into.
The book does make a point that not a lot of people know about, or at least haven't thought about much. We Americans learn in school about the Revolutionary War as being basically a Boston-Philadelphia deal. That was only the very beginning of the war; most of the war, including England's final capitulation, took place in the South. Also, it was a world war and a lot of the strategy and heavy decision making took place far from American shores. So it was good to see that coverage. Another book that looks into that aspect of things - the global, and American southern aspect - while being much more thorough and deep is "Almost a Miracle" by John Ferling. I'm not saying to read that instead of this book, but maybe it'd be a good next step for people left wanting more after reading Killing England.