- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: The History Press (June 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609494334
- ISBN-13: 978-1609494339
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,428,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Razing of Tinton Falls: Voices from the American Revolution Paperback – June 8, 2012
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"The Razing of Tinton Falls is nothing less than a tour de force of historical writing based on first class scholarship." --Gary D. Saretzky, Archivist, Monmouth County Archives
"Adelberg's intimate knowledge of the Revolutionary period puts life in his characters and realism in their stories." --Randall Gabrielan, Executive Director, Monmouth County Historical Commission and author of Monmouth County Historic Landmarks and many other publications
"Mr. Adelberg's command of points of view is amazing--all ten narratives are diverse in perspective, yet still intertwine and inform each other. The result is not a mixture, but a literary blend that encompasses and magnifies the tragic whole. Mr. Adelberg has pulled off a difficult task with care and brilliance. The Razing of Tinton Falls sets a high bar for narrative history." --Sally D. Ketchum, author, literary critic, and book reviewer.
About the Author
Michael Adelberg has been researching the American Revolution in Monmouth County for more than twenty years and is the author of the award-winning The American Revolution in Monmouth County: The Theatre of Spoil and Destruction. His essays on the American Revolution have appeared in scholarly journals like the Journal of Military History and the Journal of the Early Republic. He is a fiction reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, and his first novel, A Thinking Man's Bully, was published in January 2012. Adelberg holds master's degrees in history and public policy and lives with his family in Vienna, Virginia.
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I never imagined the war of independence as a civil war, but now I learn how neighbors and friends were pitted against each other, politics drawing dividing lines, violence breaking the barriers of good behavior. The author paints no side with angel's wings, but describes the different aims and desires of protagonists with a deft touch for human need and, sometimes, human greed.
If war brings out the best and worst in people, The Razing of Tinton Falls paints that best and worst in human colors, bringing history into focus, and shedding historical light on the world's present trials. How we'd love to define the sides in modern conflict as good and evil, but this novel reveals the human emotions behind events, the inevitable consequences of mistake and accident, and the personal cost of destruction to people on both sides of every line. I was quickly absorbed, genuinely intrigued, and painlessly educated by this book, and I really enjoyed it.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. Being English, I had no idea what I'd make of it, but I loved it.