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Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News Hardcover – November 1, 2012
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"Reporting the Revolutionary War brings an unprecedented look at colonial newspapers detailing the biggest battles, milestones, and major events of the American Revolution. Written by colonists and revolutionaries themselves, these newspapers are a look back in time and tell the story of the battle for independence unlike any version that has been told." - Military Review
"A coffee-table book with serious substance." - Boston 1775
"Thoughtful, engaging, well-organized and illustrated journey through our independence as reported through the news. It puts a fine point on the distribution of information and news placing newspapers at the top which is even more poignant in this day and age when the demise of physical newspapers appears imminent." - Helena Finnegan
"An impressive cache of primary-source documents, normally the province of scholars, presented here in an entertaining, aesthetically pleasing fashion guaranteed to entice general readers." - Kirkus
"Stunning in both its eye-opening content and its eye pleasing presentation. It has the appearance of a beautiful coffee table book with remarkable photos of some of the most historic front pages in United State's history." - Drew's Marketing Minute
"This is 'you are there' history at its best: 70 essays by modern historians based on eyewitness accounts, battlefield letters and newspaper stories from 1763 to 1783. Cumulatively, the collection lets us see and feel how events unfolded for the people who lived them." - American History
""Private correspondence and battlefield letters accompany newspaper clippings documenting America's fight for independence."" - Los Angeles Times (holiday gift guide)
"A unique coffee-table book that compiles reproductions of actual newspaper pages from the era of the American War for Independence, with additional text to provide background and context." - Armchair General Online
"History buffs and students will find much to enjoy in this attractive and informative book. Recommended for all collections." - Booklist
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What's staggering is that the author has painstakingly collected and shared hundreds of real newspaper accounts of one of the most incredible times in our country's history. The book includes both Patriot and Loyalist eyewitness accounts from newspapers printed on both sides of the Atlantic and it's a glimpse into the passion, heartbreak and conviction of the time.
Imagine being alive back then and only knowing what was going on by reading the area's paper. No Facebook, no CNN -- just the stories you read in the paper. You'll be drawn in as you turn the first page and as you read the accounts written by the real people who lived and died for the fight they believed in. As you turn the pages, it feels as if you are actually back in the eighteen century, experiencing the turbulence, terror and triumphs that were all part of the war.
You will be mesmerized by this book and the stories it contains.
First, the newspapers are reproduced as if they have yellowed badly with age. Many of the originals I've looked at have hardly yellowed at all, since they were printed on cotton paper. I can't tell if they selected very yellowed newspapers as their source material or if they artificially yellowed them. Since the conceit is that this is to be viewed as news and not just history, the concept would have been better served to clean up the images of the papers, not darken them.
Second, the papers are reproduced at lots of different sizes with strange highlighting and frequent arbitrary cropping. Truthfully, I find what is for sale at the local stores as interesting as the "big" news, but this sort of thing was often cut off. Even the news that was focused on was sometimes interrupted by a text box. Frustrating.
Third, the text was repetitive. There would be a main summary of the events in the news by various authors (these are often quite good). This would have a few callouts repeating a main sentence or two. The next page might have a reproduced newspaper with a box overlaying the source and date of the newspaper and repeating a sentence or two from the summery. The newspaper article itself would often have been used almost verbatim for some of the summary. Sometimes, a length chunk of the article was added as another page. The book could have been shorter or included more newspapers.
Fourth, and my biggest complaint, is that the pictures have insufficient references.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great book! I love the primary research. I wish they would have provided more transcription since the original printed can be difficult to read, but still fun to look at.Published 15 days ago by Nicole Schreiber
I had the rare chance to meet the author. It is a wonderful book with amazing illustrations.Published 1 month ago by scott
A Great Coffee Table book! Actual newspaper's reporting the news of the day during the American Revolution!Published 11 months ago by Verified Amazon Customer
What a purely unique and exhaustive review of the facts and information as they occurred. With our new technology and instant messaging there is no wait for information.... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ranyd L Beaver
An incredible book that goes through the Revolutionary War by what was written in newspapers and pamphlets at the time. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Countrygrrl
The book was in perfect condition and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It arrived quickly. I am delighted!Published 14 months ago by dd
Purchased as a Bday gift for my husband who is a Rev War Buff. He had already read "all" the books on the Rev War already - or so he thought. Read morePublished 15 months ago by cls25
I loved this book. It has provided me many hours of entertainment !Published 16 months ago by Gen.Wolfe23