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A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier: Some Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of Joseph Plumb Martin (Signet Classics) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2010
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Thomas Fleming is a distinguished historian and the author of numerous critically acclaimed and bestselling novels. His masterpiece, The Officers’ Wives, was an international bestseller with over two million copies sold. His novels Time and Tide and Liberty Tavern were both New York Times bestsellers. He is also the author to the award-winning PBS mini-series Liberty! The American Revolution. A decade ago Fleming was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. He writes frequently for American Heritage Magazine and is contributing editor of the Quarterly Journal of Military History. His most recent non-fiction novel is Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Future of America. Thomas Fleming lives in New York City.
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P.S. Another very good biography that follows the trail of supply problems in the Continental Army is http://www.amazon.com/Nathanael-Greene-Biography-American-Revolution/dp/0230620612/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357483643&sr=1-1&keywords=nathanael+greene
His service included the retreat from New York, the battle of White Plains, wintering at Valley Forge, near mutiny at Baskinridge and Morristown, the British surrender at Yorktown - but Martin gives little attention to these conflicts, instead sharing much of his daily struggles: enduring the elements without shelter, constant gnawing hunger, frustration at his (and his fellow soldiers) treatment by officers. Throughout, Martin relates his experiences with a dash of humor and no small measure of pride in his sacrifice.
The narrative is fantastic - it is a fascinating and engaging story. The only criticism I have is the map provided: rather than a single map that illustrates all of Martin's campaigns, it would have been more helpful to me to have a map illustrating his comings and goings year by year, with more detail. This minor point aside, it is a marvelous read. Highly recommended.