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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2013
Wonderful narrative of what led to the armed start of the american Revolution with very good drafted portraits of the players involved. A great bonus is that the book gives a thorough account of Joseph Warren's contribution to the fight for independence. In the books I have read so far he has mostly been given just a few lines. Here he gets his proper place!
Philbrick account of the events is engaging with details of places, persons and events to an extent that you feel as you were there. It's one of those book you wished would never end.
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on 22 September 2013
Anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of the American War of Independence, or has a vague idea of the Tea Party in Boston will enjoy this eminently readable account of the events leading up to the war, whilst giving life to the main players in the drama. Who has heard of King Philip's war ? Was the Tea Party an act of trade protection ? Fascinating, giving new insights to those momentous days. A compelling read, quite unlike traditional heavy history books.
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on 18 November 2013
While the author has undoubtedly spent a lot of time researching this book, it does not really translate into an interesting read. The author jumps backwards and forwards in time and tells the story from both sides of the battle. I've read other historical books that were based on a lot of research (e.g. 'The Island at the Center of the World' by Russell Shorto) that still managed to make the book enjoyable to read.
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on 19 October 2013
More British regimental detail would have enhanced this very good book. A recommended read for those that enjoy this area of history.
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on 19 December 2014
VERY INTERESTING LOVED THE BOOK
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on 29 May 2015
Well written.
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0 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2013
Book was satisfactory and I was happy enough with it. I have a lot of books bought from Amazon is it easy to sell them back to you.?
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2 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2013
A fascinating period in history when families were split into those who fought for their king and others for a new nation. How unfortunate, then, that this book is ruined by a cover which shows an early American flag (but not the earliest, which bore the Union Flag in the top-left corner) and a Union Flag dating from the nineteenth century, not the correct flag from the time of the American Revolution!

The Union Flag, at the time of the American Revolution, comprised the united flags of Scotland and England. The Irish Cross of St Patrick, which is another Saltire like the Scottish St Andrew's Cross, was not part of the British flag until 1801. However, that is the Union Flag on the front of this book. Surely, someone must have noticed?
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