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Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (19 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195098315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195098310
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 3.1 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 889,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A work of rare historical distinction ... It is crammed with anecdote, represents a meticulous standard of research ... and offers a peerless portrait of its subject. (Boston Sunday Globe)

About the Author

David Hackett Fischer is Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University. His books include the highly acclaimed Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (1989) and Growing Old in America (1978).


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Format: Paperback
The book is actually two books in one: the first focuses on Paul Revere and how his life was shaped and changed by events of the day. And his role leading up to the morning of April 19th, 1775. The second is an incredibly descriptive narrative on the first battle of the American Revolution. Names, places, times are all referenced and the reader feels as though they have become a part of the story. And for those who love details, the Appendicies are outstanding. Fischer has delved into every possible account given by those who actually took part and were there on the battle field. This book is really worth a read and will become a favorite reference book to all of those who are lovers of Colonial American History. If you ever get a chance to visit Minuteman National Park, bring a copy of the book along with you to read as you stand upon Lexington Green, the Old North Bridge, Meriam's corner or the many other places referenced in the book. Much has changed but much has remained the same. It'll make the whole trip that much more worthwhile.
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I just loved this book. I've always been fascinated with history, particularly American, but usually find historical narratives ponderous. That's why this book was such a treat. It was scholarly, yet read like a best-selling novel. I don't know which aspect of Fischer's work I enjoyed more - the debunking of so many heretofore accepted facts about this momentous time, or the absolutely fascinating anecdotes interspersed in the narrative, e.g. - the frail old man, shooting at the Redcoats as they marched past his house, and then shot and bayoneted and left for dead, yet living another 18 years to age 96! Wonderful stuff. I intend to read it again and again.
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Format: Paperback
I read this book over 10 years ago and find myself reaching for it at least once a year to review what I have to be one of the best descriptions of revolutionary Boston. The author is an accomplished historian, this being one of his best books. The detail and description he gives to the characters and events make it both an entertaining and informative read, a great balance between the academic facts and what is a gripping read. The characters come to life and the play by play narrative of the events on April 18th and 19th and the "shot heard round the world" flow from the pages in fantastic and evocative way. Highly recommended!
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Format: Paperback
This wonderful book is much more than a story about Paul Revere. Altough more is learned about Revere and his contribution to the Revolution, there are characters that come alive and give a clearer picture what this country went through during those early days before our Independance. The courage and sacrifices of the men and women of that time make one indeed proud to be an American. This is a must read and makes you want to go out and get another book on the subject, which is exactly what I did.
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Format: Hardcover
For anyone in doubt about the value of liberty, this
book will fix you forever. A real page turner. As natives
of Lexington and Sudbury, my wife and I could not put it
down. Wow. Worth a second read within a few months.
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Perhaps the best history book I've read in the last two years - and I read A LOT of history books at night. Captivating narrative; so exciting I could not put it down at night. This was, excuse the hackneyed phrase but it is apt here - a "real page turner" in the truest sense of the phrase. I thought Fischer was informative and even handed without being dogmatic. He didn't have any "axes to grind." Rather, in his text and some of his endnotes the author actually points out how other historians have exploited and perverted this part of our early history because THEY had axes to grind! I did not know that some revisionist historians and even the Boston Globe "dumped" on Paul Revere during the late 60s and 70s! How horribly unjustified! Fischer points out how these folks have appropriated the Revere story for their own contemporary ends. But that is a small part of the book. The book actually contains so much more. Wonderfully useful maps, nice character profiles of major participants, a "what happened to them afterwards" section at the end. I really liked this book a lot. A must read if you have any interest in history. Hat's off to Prof. Fischer!
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