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The Revolutionary Paul Revere Paperback – April 6, 2010
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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. While in the midst of describing his famous ride he states about Revere "Dying would have been extremely inconvenient, sure, but Revere wasn't about to stop". (p. 195)
I was disappointed with this book. Great subject matter, good research but questionable presentation.
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.