"Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty" is only the fourth biography dedicated to Dr. Joseph Warren and the first biography since Cary's 1961 mediocre book (and the other two were published in the mid 1800's and long since superseded by new findings, much of which was since gained from access to the British side of the story). Moreover, of the two modern biographies, Cary's 1961 version was NOT thoroughly researched. However, this biography, by Sam Forman, most certainly is.
For instance, Forman's book lays to rest the 236-year-old question of the circumstances of the death of Dr. Warren, utilizing modern forensic techniques, which paints an entirely different picture of the final moments of Dr. Warren's short life. The meticulousness of the Forman's research to uncover such details of Warren's demise is unmatched. As another example, I am amazed at Forman's findings on such details as Warren's medical practice and even his secret engagement with Miss Mercy Scollay.
Simply put, this is the most definitive biography on Warren ever written, and I doubt it will ever be topped. It is well organized, well written, and thoroughly researched. Indeed, this biography includes vast new research and findings, and thus furthers the body of knowledge on what historians and Americans know of the fateful events of 1775 that began the Revolutionary War, events that Warren not only found himself amid, but also was an instigator and leader of. For few people are aware that, with John Adams, Sam Adams, and John Hancock away at Philadelphia for Congress, it was Joseph Warren that was the de facto leader of the rebellion in Boston (and he was the de jure revolutionary leader by early 1775, serving as the President of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress). And as such, it was Dr. Warren who sent Paul Revere on his famous midnight ride, which in turn started the Revolution. The story of the Revolution would have been very different had it not been for Warren.
Long after the Revolution, Warren's name remained famous, rivaling even that of Washington. If you are in America, then look around and you will no doubt find streets, or perhaps towns or counties, named Warren. In all likelihood, they are named after this Warren. Sadly, our American memory has since forgotten who Warren was or what his deeds were. Fortunately, Sam Forman captures all that Warren gave to our young country in his book, and I for one am glad to see a definitive Warren biography at last available.
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