Nathaniel Philbrick “Bunker Hill”

June 6th, 2013

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There comes a moment in every revolution, writes Nathaniel Philbrick, when neutrality is no longer an option.

In the American Revolution, the Battle of Bunker Hill may be that moment.

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Philbrick’s new book “Bunker Hill” puts the storied battle in sharp new relief, to underscore its importance in shaping the war that was just beginning and the new nation that would result.

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And while the book is filled with the “usual suspects” – Paul Revere, John Adams, Sam Adams – Philbrick also introduces us to a man who should be in that same pantheon, Dr. Joseph Warren, who may have done more than any other single patriot to choreographing the revolution.

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Kevin Phillips “1775”

February 1st, 2013

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1776 is such an iconic year in American history that it ends up overshadowing a year that may have been even more significant — 1775, says historian and bestselling author Kevin Phillips.

His book “1775” upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution and punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the revolution.

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Phillips carefully catalogs the events of 1775 that he says achieved a sweeping Patriot control of territory and local government that Britain was never able to overcome.

By 1776, Phillips writes, it was too late for the British to regain control.

And his publisher says “1775” will revolutionize our understanding of America’s origins.

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Diana Gabaldon “An Echo in the Bone”

October 2nd, 2009

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The outcome of the American Revolution is in question, as Diana Gabaldon‘s book “An Echo in the Bone” begins. In question, that is, to all those present except Claire Randall. She, of course, knows exactly what will happen, because she is a visitor from the 20th century.

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But while she knows the broad strokes, what concerns her is the fate of her husband, 18th century Scotsman Jamie Fraser, in this seventh book in Gabaldon’s Outlander series.

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