[Review] Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
Publisher: Viking/Penguin Books April 29, 2014
Genre: American History, The America Revolution, Boston,
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Penguin for the purpose of a review.
Kindle price $9.99
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Author website: Nathaniel Philbrick.
|The death of General Warren at Bunker Hill.|
The Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, was the defining point when British and American forces "squared-off". The Colonists wanted independence from Great Britain. They'd fought together during the French Indian War of 1763, but a growing "consensus" of people wanted freedom.
Nathaniel Philbrick, began his story with a meeting held in "the Old South Meeting house", in Boston, in late 1773, to decide what to do about the three ships carrying East India tea. Some of the men wanted "caution", fearing the mother-land and the massive experienced British military. Other men want to take action, understanding the growing belief among the colonists of wanting independence.
The first settlers of Boston were a hardy, stubborn, "independent", group. Through the generations the attitudes had not changed. There were remnants of "loyalists", but they were meek compared to the revolutionary group.
Nathaniel Philbrick, has written a well-rounded view of the Battle of Bunker Hill, studying: the city of Boston, its key players (both British and American), the Stamp Act and other Acts passed by Britain for America, the Boston Massacre, the blockade by the British upon Boston, the American militia, other conflicts, and the battle itself.
|"Lt. General Thomas Gage, commander in chief of the military in North America"|
I've read two of Philbrick's other books: In The Heart of the Sea, and Mayflower, both books are excellent. He is a non-fiction history writer, but with a narrative story approach.
There are several points which led me to give Bunker Hill a 5 star review.
1. I enjoyed reading from the perspective of the British, this is not something included in other books on the American Revolution.
2. General Thomas Gage, was the first British general during the American Revolution. He was the general during the Battle of Bunker Hill. I learned about his character, experience, communication with George III, his personal life, and life after Bunker Hill.
3. Philbrick paints a broad sweep of events and people leading up to the battle. The battle itself is the end result in the book, but not the whole of the book.
4. A history of Boston is examined.
5. I learned about Joseph Warren, a man I'd not read anything else on. It is interesting to think about how American history might have gone if he'd lived.
6. Bunker Hill, has whet my appetite to read more books on the American Revolution.