Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution

Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution

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By (author) Nathaniel Philbrick

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What lights the spark that ignites a revolution? What was it that, in 1775, provoked a group of merchants, farmers, artisans and mariners in the American colonies to unite and take up arms against the British government in pursuit of liberty? Nathaniel Philbrick, the acclaimed historian and bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and The Last Stand, shines new and brilliant light on the momentous beginnings of the American Revolution, and those individuals - familiar and unknown, and from both sides - who played such a vital part in the early days of the conflict that would culminate in the defining Battle of Bunker Hill. Written with passion and insight, even-handedness and the eloquence of a born storyteller, Bunker Hill brings to life the robust, chaotic and blisteringly real origins of America.

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Nathaniel Philbrick is an historian and broadcaster whose books include In the Heart of the Sea, which was a Sunday Times bestseller and won America's National Book Award, Sea of Glory (winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize), Mayflower, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and the Sunday Times bestselling The Last Stand. Bunker Hill won the 2013 New England Book Award for Non-Fiction. Nathaniel Philbrick lives on Nantucket Island and is the founding director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association. To find out more, visit: www.nathanielphilbrick.com

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"A notable merit of his account of the birth of the American revolution is its fairmindedness ... readable and sensible." -- Max Hastings SUNDAY TIMES "Vivid, realistic and sometimes shocking ... [character] is certainly the animating spirit of this fine narrative history and, in a sprawling, vibrant cast, the character that emerges most forcefully is that of the city of Boston itself: tumultuous, vigorous and fascinating." -- Ben McIntyre THE TIMES "Admirably even-handed ... this perceptive account." -- Andrew Roberts MAIL ON SUNDAY "Brilliantly told. Philbrick is a master narrator who has deployed every ounce of his considerable skill ... to find the lifeblood of early America" THE TIMES "This is popular history at its best: a taut narrative with a novelist's touch, grounded in careful research." MIAMI HERALD