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The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution Hardcover – 2 Jan 2003

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (2 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224069659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224069656
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,464,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first full account of the largest military venture of the American Revolution.

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Barnet Schecter is a writer and historian who lives in New York City. This is his first book.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. D. Utting on 25 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Throughout the novel you are pulled and pushed between supporting both sides in The Battle for New York and the American Revolution. You don’t read this book and find yourself siding with either side in the conflict, you are just amazed at many of the feet’s that were achieved against all political and physical odds.
From Washington retreat from New York, to the British reliance on structure and orders, (which took months to come from London)
The book breaks down over ten years of fighting and political change during the American Revolution at end the end of the 18th century.
Due to the sheer scale of the subject area each individual battle, warrants it’s own book. The Battle for New York brings together a decade of political change in the United States and brings it off the pages using real life diary and journal entries from senior staff to every day conscripts. This put faces to many of the key moments in the birth of a country.
Like all of history, the book doesn’t just tell of the awe of the British Military force, and the dashing daredevil Americans; it also tells about the unfortunate tales of decay of City and Army. The hypocrisy from both parties one fighting for Independence from its founder (certainly not for it’s people) and wanting to reap it’s own country benefits. The other trying to hold together an empire which needed vast amounts of men and money to control.
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