Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill

A City, A Siege, A Revolution

Book - 2013
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The story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2013
ISBN: 9780670025442
Branch Call Number: 973.3312 P534B 2013
973.3312 PHI
Characteristics: xvii, 398 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits, maps ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: City, a siege, a revolution


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Jul 20, 2019

Paul Revere plays an important role in the early part of the book and the events leading up to the battle. In fact Revere is Joseph Warren's main means of communication with others that are not near-by. Looking through the portrait section I was taken with Paul Revere's resemblance to modern day actor Jack Black.
No doubt somewhere there is a horse that should be grateful that Mr. Black never took up the role.
See also: The Court-martial of Paul Revere by Michael M. Greenburg ; available from Seattle Public Library.

Mar 22, 2019

Philbrick has written an extremely well researched book. The background of the Battle of Bunkerhill (actually fought on Breed's Hill) is thoroughly explained. Also related are the events after the battle until the British evacuate Boston in March 1776. The key players among the Patriots and the British are identified with interesting biographical information. It was amazing that many of these men and women on both sides were friends and relatives. What motivated them becomes apparent though Philbrick's skillful weaving of a wonderful tale.

Jan 10, 2016

Chapter 4.

Jan 29, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this description of that difficult but crucial time in our nation's history. It is not so much just a depiction of the battle of Bunker Hill (Breed's Hill), but is more of a description of life in New England, particularly Boston during the period 1700 - 1776. One gets a flavor of how the inhabitants lived a very contented life as long as the crown didn't interfere, but after actions brought be King George III and his court, these independent people decided they had incurred enough.

Jun 11, 2014

I thought this was a fantastic account of what happened in Boston, with both loyalist's and patriot's perspectives. It doesn't sugarcoat the the patriots nor paint the Brits as the bad guys. The author puts you in the moment. It gives you a good understanding of why things happened as they did. Great read!

JCLJaredH Aug 15, 2013

I was disappointed that only two chapters in the middle of the book actually talk about the Battle of Bunker Hill. To me this book was more of a history of Boston and the surrounding area during the early part of the American Revolution than a definitive history of the battle. It is not a bad boo, but I was expecting more. For those new to learning about this era of American history, this book will be a good start. For those already familiar, there is nothing new to discover.

george0819 Jun 05, 2013

Mr. Philbrick clearly has a passion for New England history and just as clearly has done considerable research, but in my opinion the story doesn't hang together sufficiently. The story is built around Dr. Joseph Warren, a little known Boston doctor, but the denouement occurs after SPOILER ALERT !! his death and the "heroes" aren't sufficiently built up, as if the author had a preconceived notion to create a Warren scenario and left the story there. Another issue, more the editors than the author, perhaps, is an absence of drawings, etc., while this book has some, they are woefully insufficient to support the story line and often, quite confusing. Another interesting, at least to me, point, is the authors proclivity to focus on private behaviors in a voyeuristic approach which adds nothing to the story line. If you enjoy history, though not a minute detail buff, this is a good read but not the best !!


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