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Now We Are Enemies: The Story of Bunker Hill Hardcover – June, 2010

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  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Amer History Pr; 50 Anv edition (June 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984225668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984225668
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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By David J. Forsmark on November 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Years before Michael Shaara wrote his Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, about the friends who faced each other at Gettysburg, Thomas Fleming launched his stellar career with this terrific- and similarly themed and gripping- narrative about the first battle of our first civil war, the American Revolution.

In Now We Are Enemies: The Story of Bunker Hill, now available in a 50th anniversary edition, Fleming reminds us that nearly all of the patriots on the American side with military experience had fought with the British against the French in the not so distant past; and that Governor Gage and General Howe were picked for their respective jobs because their friendships on the American side made them the most likely candidates to bring peace.

Now We Are Enemies remains the most complete telling of the famed battle which made famous the command, "Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes," and reminds us that while it was spun as a moral victory for the Patriot cause, Bunker Hill was an utter rout in favor of the British forces.

But perhaps the most significant contribution of this book is to remind us of an American hero mostly forgotten by all but the most ardent history buffs: 34 year-old Dr. Joseph Warren. Warren was perhaps Boston's most popular Patriot, a brilliant leader and budding Founding Father who died at Bunker Hill before he could take his place with other prominent Bostonians like the Adamses, John Hancock and Paul Revere.

Now We Are Enemies is a chance to take a look at two beginnings, that of the Revolution, and of perhaps its finest historian.
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The publisher has performed a notable public service in producing a handsome fiftieth anniversary edition of this fine book. Mr. Fleming devotes a good number of pages to the background of the battle, but the core of the book is the thrilling, accurate and realistic recreation of the battle. The author's description of the British army of the day is excellent. He is nearly as good in explaining American strengths and weaknesses. The actual combat revealed heroes and outstanding leaders; but there were also malingerers and incompetents . The compelling description of the medical treatment available to the many wounded soldiers on both sides is a reminder of just how gruesome warfare is. The British were the technical winners who felt like losers and the battle ended any realistic hope of reconciliation between the parties. The book is well researched, but purists will complain about invented dialogue, although the author assures us it is all "rooted in historical fact " This may be true, but a more serious problem is the lack of documentation. Readers should be given the opportunity to check the facts for themselves. Notwithstanding this shortcoming, this is a book every American should read.
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NOW WE ARE ENEMIES: THE STORY OF BUNKER HILL appears in a special 50th anniversary edition of a classic history which remains the most complete account of the battle. It originally appeared in 1960 and was the first book about the battle in nearly 100 years: this new edition sports a new Introduction and a new Foreword and index, and is a 'must' for any serious American history library!
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