Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution

Bunker Hill A City a Siege a Revolution Nathaniel Philbrick the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower brings his prodigious talents to the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution Boston in

Nathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, brings his prodigious talents to the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution.Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes After the Boston Tea PaNathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, brings his prodigious talents to the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution.Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of the story He finds new characters, and new facets to familiar ones The real work of choreographing rebellion falls to a thirty three year old physician named Joseph Warren who emerges as the on the ground leader of the Patriot cause and is fated to die at Bunker Hill Others in the cast include Paul Revere, Warren s fianc the poet Mercy Scollay, a newly recruited George Washington, the reluctant British combatant General Thomas Gage and his bellicose successor William Howe, who leads the three charges at Bunker Hill and pre

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  1. Philbrick was Brown s first Intercollegiate All American sailor in 1978 that year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, RI today he and his wife Melissa sail their Beetle Cat Clio and their Tiffany Jane 34 Marie J in the waters surrounding Nantucket Island.After grad school, Philbrick worked for four years at Sailing World magazine was a freelancer for a number of years, during which time he wrote edited several sailing books, including Yaahting A Parody 1984 , for which he was the editor in chief during this time he was also the primary caregiver for his two children After moving to Nantucket in 1986, he became interested in the history of the island and wrote Away Off Shore Nantucket Island and Its People He was offered the opportunity to start the Egan Maritime Institute in 1995, and in 2000 he published In the Heart of the Sea, followed by Sea of Glory, in 2003, and Mayflower He is presently at work on a book about the Battle of Little Big Horn.Mayflower was a finalist for both the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History and the Los Angeles Times Book Award and was winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction In the Heart of the Sea won the National Book Award for nonfiction Revenge of the Whale won a Boston Globe Horn Book Award Sea of Glory won the Theodore and Franklin D Roosevelt Naval History Prize and the Albion Monroe Award from the National Maritime Historical Society Philbrick has also received the Byrne Waterman Award from the Kendall Whaling Museum, the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for distinguished service from the USS Constitution Museum, the Nathaniel Bowditch Award from the American Merchant Marine Museum, the William Bradford Award from the Pilgrim Society, the Boston History Award from the Bostonian Society, and the New England Book Award from the New England Independent Booksellers Associationom his website

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  1. In the end, the city of Boston is the true hero of this story Whether its inhabitants came to view the Revolution as an opportunity or as a catastrophe, they all found themselves in the midst of a survival tale when on December 16th, 1773, three shiploads of tea were dumped in Boston Harbor Battle of Bunker HillThe funny thing of course about the Battle of Bunker Hill is that it was not fought on Bunker Hill, but on Breed s Hill I think some of the confusion about events really starts with the o [...]


  2. And now ensued one of the greatest scenes of war that can be conceived if we look to the height, Howe s corps, ascending the hill in the face of entrenchments, and in a very disadvantageous ground, was much engaged to the left the enemy pouring in fresh troops by the thousands, over the land and in the arm of the sea our ships and floating batteries cannonading them straight before us a large and noble town in one great blaze the church steeples, being timber, were great pyramids of fire above t [...]


  3. I just love the hell out of Nathaniel Philbrick That fella could write my obituary and I d be happy as a pig in shit.As a born and bred New Englander, I m fairly well versed in American Revolution history, but even I learned a few things from reading Bunker Hill A City, a Siege, a Revolution Since it s focused on a specific event rather than the entire war, Philbrick is able to dive deeper into the details, so the reader gets info about the second tier players below the Washingtons and Adamses [...]


  4. Philbrick hits another home run for me in his compelling narratives of important areas of American history This one, on the beginnings of the American Revolution, sits well for me between his history of the first 100 years of the Plymouth Colony, Mayflower , and McCullough s 1776 I lived all around the Boston area for 11 years, so it was cool to get a different lens on the places and geography I used to get lost a lot, and I could usually spot the Bunker Hill monument in Charlestown to get some [...]


  5. Philbrick knows how to inhabit and interpret a battle scene From Philbrick s earlier book, The Last Stand, and now with Bunker Hill, Philbrick allows us to imagine in detail the layout, action, and tension in a battlefield exploding with ordnance Because we know about the personalities of those men involved in the battle, have letters from survivors and rooftop observers and battle reports of the period, we can interpret to some extent how the battle for Bunker Hill must have developed and play [...]


  6. This is not the story of a singular event In the 1770 s Boston was a tinderbox as the British Parliament imposed several laws on the colonists When the Tea Act was imposed in 1773 the Sons of Liberty boarded ships in Boston Harbor and threw an entire shipment of tea sent by the East India Company overboard Parliament responded in 1774 with the Coercive Acts which ended local self government in Massachusetts and closed Boston s commerce Things continued to escalate and led ultimately to the Ameri [...]


  7. This book is not just the tale of the Battle of Bunker Hill, Mr Philbrick has written a very accessible history of the beginnings of the American Revolution In this volume he traces the roots of the war that is based in the culture that had developed in Colonial New England He not only does an excellent job recounting the events, but also does an admirable job of telling the stories of the people who made them happen, both on the colonial and British sides In addition to the famous names, John a [...]


  8. 1.5 stars I didn t like it.Far too detailed about the most mundane, uninteresting things, making for a boring and tedious read DNF d at 11% First Sentence On a hot, almost windless afternoon in June, a seven year old boy stood beside his mother and looked out across the green islands of Boston Harbor.


  9. A different if somewhat dry look at the events that took place leading up to the revolution I did like the the author had no sacred cows in critiquing the actions of different people all the way up to Hancock, Adams and Washington Being from Boston and understanding the geography and how it s changed because of projects like filling in the Back Bay made it interesting for me than it might some with no frame of reference.


  10. This was a well researched and articulate history of the events that led up to the Battle of Bunker Hill I would say the overall book deserves five stars, but I have to lodge a protest against the unnecessary muckraking of our founding fathers Mr Philbrick just spends too much time trying to bring out the dirt on some of the early patriots, and I found it distasteful None of these men claimed to be perfect, but they were valiant and good men, and we owe them a debt of gratitude This desire of th [...]


  11. Bunker Hill A City, A Siege, A Revolution is the story of the events leading up to the Revolutionary War and the people who influenced those events Philbrick focuses on three sets of individuals those who supported independence, those who were loyalists to the English Crown, and the huge group in the middle who had to make up their minds which of the extreme groups on the edges they would support This is an evenhanded retelling of the events the mistakes made by each side that racketed up the t [...]


  12. I used to teach American history, and I just moved to Boston, so naturally I had to check out Nathaniel Philbrick s Bunker Hill An engaging look at the characters who contributed to the earliest events of the American Revolution, Bunker Hill recaptures the 1770s and reminds us that the Revolutionary War was anything but certain, and the outcome of such a war was not at all predestined So many things could have changed the course of history, and Philbrick embeds us with the colonial militia and B [...]


  13. Disappointing I ve liked Philbrick before In the Heart of the Sea , but Bunker Hill felt unfocused, as if either Philbrick or his editors didn t have enough confidence in his central topic to let it carry the book Instead, tangents are introduced, presumably to add personal color to the story, but their effect is distracting than anything else In reality, the tangents mostly about the personal lives of central characters are so numerous and hefty that they ultimately make one wonder if there s [...]


  14. An excellent and well researched tale of our forefather s efforts and sacrifices to free this young nation from the arrogant overseers from across the pond One surprise for me was that many of the patriots fought under the strain of being tarred and feathered if they didn t go along with the rebelling colonials They weren t all fighting for their country s freedom but most knew what was at stake You also get a real sense of what danger was involved in the signing of freedom documents of any kind [...]



  15. Detailed history with multitudinous names and dates is not the best choice for an audiobook Because of the setting in Massachusetts, I found this interesting enough to listen to the whole book I learned about Salem Poor, a formerly enslaved African who had bought his freedom in 1769 His bravery at the Battle of Bunker Hill outshone the officers, and gained him recognition from George Washington I was not aware of this particular story Poor was honored on a stamp but it was issued in 1975 over 40 [...]


  16. Nathaniel Philbrick s account sweeps the reader into the swirl of events from the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party through the Battle of Bunker Hill and the arrival of George Washington to take command of the newly formed Continental Army In a two year period Massachusetts and Boston became the flash point for friction within the British Empire What began as a complex quilt of high ideals, sometimes petty local politics, economic forces, and compelling personalities, ended up setting the stage [...]


  17. It s a mistake to think of history, any history, as static, and now Nathaniel Philbrick offers the general reader a new take on the earliest days of America s War for Independence, most of which played out in and around Boston Starting in the aftermath of the infamous Tea Party, he describes the passions, tensions, fears, squabbles, and the incipient battles in well documented and lively detail Of particular interest are the character sketches Philbrick included in his larger narrative about Was [...]


  18. I was really looking forward to reading this I thoroughly enjoyed In the Heart of the Sea, I like reading about Boston history, I m fascinated by the writings and events that led up to the Revolutionary War but it was terribly disappointing Maybe I set my expectations too high My main issue with the book was the overwhelming number of excerpts from primary documents As useful as it is to read first hand accounts of historical people, places, and incidents, there comes a point at which the quoted [...]


  19. What a masterful account Philbrick gives us a very detailed and honest account of what really happened before, during, and after the Battle of Bunker Hill.He brings this story without the usual patriotic brouhaha but he shows all the participants as human beings, sometimes heroic and glorious, sometimes greedy and petty.Witness how some discontent evolves in a full revolution witness how George Washington grew to be the General as we know him witness the dilemma for rebels, loyalists, and Britis [...]


  20. This is a very good, very detailed view of a very small window of American revolutionary history, from the beginnings of the patriot movement to the end of the siege of Boston in 1776.With a story told so often, what does Philbrick do differently to justify this new volume For one thing, he includes many details that are generally omitted from popular representations of the rebellion of the colonists For example, he explains why greed was a salient motivation for the Boston Tea Party than outra [...]


  21. A rich, dramatic, and fast paced history of Boston in 1775 a city known for its love of liberty, its piety, and its prostitutes , with the experience of Joseph Warren as an important focus Although much of this story has been told in detail elsewhere, Philbrick does a fine job telling this story in a fresh way Our popular imagination of the Revolution is often dominated by founders, but Philbrick is interested in the trigger happy, passionate population of Boston, and uses them to tell the stor [...]


  22. I ve wanted to read this for two reasons One was as a follow up to David Hackett Fischer s Paul Revere s Ride Fischer s book went to great lengths to be fair and honest in face of the rather cartoonish legend of Paul Revere Paul Revere barely gets mentioned by Philbrick This is neither good nor bad The story is about the culmination of the spontaneous combustion that was the revolution and Revere s part in it is, by both Fischer s and Philbrick s accounts, not all that it s cracked up to be Ther [...]


  23. Philbrick puts a human face on many of the players in revolutionary Boston and ties it neatly with not only greater Massachusetts but the rest of Colonial America, as well , telling stories about English military and civic leaders, Loyalists, Rebels Patriots, and those caught in the middle.The best thing about this book is that it focuses on other important individuals such as Joseph Warren and Thomas Gage and Samuel Adams than the average book about the beginnings of the American Revolution in [...]


  24. Nathaniel Philbrick is one of my favorite authors without question This is another winner from him that covers the history of Boston through the first half of 1775 The Bunker Hill title is a bit deceiving as the story really covers the run up to the battle, including large sections on Lexington and Concord Philbrick is great at both telling a story and giving the reader an in depth historical account of the time period I have read a lot about this particular time period, but I feel like I learne [...]




  25. The book examines events that led to the Battle of Bunker Hill, which was won by the British but which galvanized the Patriots and brought forth leaders such as Dr Joseph Warren, whom the author speculates would have been the George Washington of the Revolution had he lived A broader view of the early days of the Revolutionary War than the book Paul Revere s Ride, which I had read about a month before, and not so bogged down in minutiae I gained a better understanding of how the war began as a w [...]


  26. I have read relatively few books on the Revolutionary War period, and I enjoyed reading Bunker Hill Most of the characters of the account were familiar, although all of them came alive with freshness as I read of their role in the events leading up to this mis named battle The account is well written and easily kept my interest The reason I give it only four stars is that I believe that the author writes through the lens of modernity I am confident the facts of the account are accurate, but I qu [...]


  27. A highly detailed historical account of events, culminating in a battle between the Continental militia and British regulars on Bunker Hill, just prior to the American declaration of Independence The narrative is finely, almost minutely, detailed to the point of readers discovering how famished, and consequently disgruntled, warring soldiers and generals were at various points in the recounting While one is transported into the climate, the geography, the events, and the mindsets of people in th [...]


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