- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 4 edition (July 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444351354
- ISBN-13: 978-1444351354
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ordinary Courage: The Revolutionary War Adventures of Joseph Plumb Martin 4th Edition
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“If I had to rely on a single book to convey the full experience of the Revolutionary War, it would certainly be Joseph Plumb Martin's Narrative. Martin personalizes the experience of a common solider with the freshness of youth and the wisdom of age – a truly remarkable feat. Like All Quiet on the Western Front, it's a must read classic.” – Ray Raphael, author of A People’s History of the American Revolution
“No soldier in Washington's Continental Army ever inscribed a more trenchant and vivid account of the hopes, fears, frustrations, and sufferings of the common volunteer than Joseph Plumb Martin. In this new edition of Private Martin's account, James Kirby Martin has amplified the footnotes and bibliography to breathe new life into this remarkable reminiscence. This is indispensable reading for anyone interested in the American Revolution from the inside out.” – Gary B. Nash, University of California, Los Angeles
Praise from the previous edition:
“Ordinary Courage is a classic in American military history. James Kirby Martin has expertly edited the original version. It is wonderful to have such an excellent volume, so skillfully introduced and edited, available for students and the general readership.” – Joseph T. Glatthaar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
From the Back Cover
First published in 1830, this classic memoir of the American Revolutionary War relates events from the perspective of patriots who endured the hardships of long-term service in Washington's army during the period 1776-1783. Martin himself joined the continental army in 1776 at the age of 15 and endured all the horrors of war, including killer diseases, starvation, brutal weather, and bloody combat. This updated fourth edition has once more been overseen by the celebrated scholar of US history, James Kirby Martin, who has trimmed the repetitions of the original, updated spelling and punctuation, added explanatory notes and augmented the bibliography. The book now also includes a new Afterword by Karen Guenther on movie portrayals of revolutionary-era soldiers.
Martin’s memoir clearly demonstrates that the history made and recorded by ordinary people is just as compelling as that of the few famous leaders who traditionally dominate the historical limelight. Told with humor, frankness, and pathos, the work is a key primary document of the period and makes thought-provoking reading for today's college students.