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Joel J. Miller is the author of several books including The Revolutionary Paul Revere. His writing has been featured in The American Spectator, Reason, Real Clear Religion and elsewhere. He blogs on faith and spirituality at joeljmiller.com. He and his family live in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595550747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595550743
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel J. Miller is an essential biography for any Founding Fathers collection. Paul Revere is best known for his midnight ride made famous by Longfellow's poem, but Revere played a vital role in America's quest for independence. He didn't have family ties going back to the Mayflower like John and Sam Adams nor was he wealthy like George Washington or Thomas Jefferson. Revere's story is that of the everyman who was angered by the unfair British taxes and practices and wanted to do something about it. Miller's writing has real flair that brings two hundred year old events to life. Readers will quickly come to understand the real Paul Revere and his role in the Revolutionary War. He was a brilliant entrepreneur who developed one of the first copper mills in the US and wasn't far more than just a silversmith. His cartoons and engravings inspired colonists because of their symbolism and the emotion he captured. I've read several other biographies of our Founding Fathers, but Revere is the first who seems like an average man, someone most Americans can relate to. Miller's writing makes it an enjoyable read and as well as an important one to understand how the son of a French Huguenot became one of the most famous men of the Revolutionary Era.
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I love history and was immediately drawn to this new book on Paul Revere. I quickly noticed that the language choices made by the author proved to be just bizarre in places and the overall tone of the book was quite disappointing. The way the author presents his research seems to undermine his very work. I almost felt like he was trying to tell a bunch of kids with ADD about Paul Revere so he resorted to an over-the-top bells and whistles approach to the story that ruined the book for me.

We have seen great historians present their version of history in compelling and novel-like language. David MCCullough in "1776" and "John Adams" moves the narrative along with literary language and the result is an engaging read. The same could be said about JAmes Swanson in "Manhunt" or Nathaniel Philbrick in "Mayflower". Joel Miller does not follow in their footsteps and his language proves to be the downfall of this book. Here are a few examples:

1) The overall tone when refering to the British army is disrespectful. They are refered to as "The Brits" throughout and the reader doesn't get the feeling of objectivity because of it. When refering to the death of the British General Edward Braddock at the Forks of the Ohio River, he oddly says that he "bought it at the Forks" (p. 30) Does he mean "bought the farm"? Bizarre word choice. There are many numerous examples of this type of language.

2) There are strange transitions throughout the book as he tries to move the narrative along. My personal (funny) favorite is " Politics was newly hot, hot, hot." (p. 176).

3) At some point, a historian has to imagine thoughts and motivations of a historical figure and Miller attempts at inhabiting Paul Revere but makes some hokey comments.
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Odd and inappropriate turns of phrases, out-of-place slang expressions and an odd over-familiarity with the subject, namely the repeated use of "...in which our hero" as if it were an old radio script instead of a chapter header. Weird.

Overall this is a thorough, even excruciatingly detailed biography of Paul Revere, unquestionably a compelling figure from the Revolutionary Era. His life, accomplishments and struggles are all cataloged if not detailed here, along with the unfolding of the Revolution. Nothing is absent, but the style of writing found me struggling to get from the front cover to the back cover and I found myself reading other books after I'd begun to read this one -- not a good sign.

The fault is not Paul Revere's that this biography needs the strong hand of an experienced editor -- it is curious that the publisher did not suggest some rewriting, however. I note that the author was born in 1975. Did they stop hatching people who were able to write with some self-control? I mean, I had to push to get through this book, and I've been on a five-year kick reading biographies of Revolutionary Era figures.

Pick up another biography of Revere and compare and contrast the two. I intend to do so. Revere's life was fascinating, but this book does not do him justice.
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Recently I was given the opportunity to review The Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel L. Miller. To be quite honest, I was a little unsure about reviewing a biography; I have never been much of a biography reader. However, considering that I was running low on reading options I decided to give this book a try. I am so glad I have this book a fair chance. Unlike the biographies I had grown accustomed to, this one is full of intrigue, excitement, and witty writing. This book was by no means a dry biography on one of our country's influential men. From a busy Mom's perspective I particularly liked that each chapter was short and easy to read in short chunks of time. When I read I prefer to read a chapter or more at a time. Most biographies are presented in long and drawn out chapters that require large chunks of time to read. Fortunately, this one does not. Each chapter is manageable reading; 10-15 pages.

The writing style of this book brought the story of Paul Revere alive for me. I felt like I was living in the late 1700's with Revere and his family. I felt the pain of his financial struggles and the triumphant of his personal achievements. Miller does an exceptional job in this book of bringing not only the character and his life alive but also the impact of the society that Revere lived in. The 1700's were an every changing time and the events in Revere's life were a direct result of the economical and political world around him. If you or an older student (late middle school to high school age) enjoy reading about American history and the people who influenced our early years, this book is a must read.
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