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  • The British Are Coming The War for America Lexington to Princeton 1775 1777
  • Rick Atkinson
  • English
  • 07 December 2018
  • 9781627790437

Rick Atkinson ☆ 6 review

read & download The British Are Coming The War for America Lexington to Princeton 1775 1777 The British Are Coming The War for America Lexington to Princeton 1775 1777 free read Ø 106 D Continental Army take on the world’s most formidable fighting force It is a saga alive with astonishing characters Henry Knox the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of artillery; Nathanael Greene the bumpkin who becomes a brilliant battle captain; Benjamin Franklin who. The history of our Revolution and Founding is among my favorite reading subjects and Mr Atkinson has become an author of some interest and appeal for me When it was announced that he was beginning a Revolution Trilogy there wasn t much doubt of my making a purchase of this first volume Now that I have read this book I give it 4 stars because its uality is deserving of that rating However I have to admit that I had some difficulty with the book and I think this is a problem of the reader me than the author This first volume covers the first 2 years of the Revolution 1775 77 and uses 564 pages of text to do so I have read a great deal about the Revolution and few of the books I have read that covered the entire Revolution needed that much paper to do the job and do it well So the length did become an issue for me but my knowledge also was a problem Since my reading has been rather extensive another history of the Revolution was like reading a mystery novel where you know the ending All the excitement drama and mystery are diminished but that is my problem and not the fault of the author so my rating is as objective a judgment as I can give on what the author has accomplished in this history and that is uite a bitAgain the length of the book that only deals with the first two years of the Revolution did seem odd and then to think that there are two books yet to come had me scratching my head I could not imagine why Atkinson needed such a weight of pages to cover such a well traveled road My hope was that he had information detail and better analysis than anybody else has had Considering the popularity of the subject however I also thought that highly unlikely I was to an extent wrong Atkinson does travel the same road as all other authors but he does it far comprehensively I suspect that when this trilogy is completed it will be unnecessary for anybody to own another treatment of the history of the American Revolution This book didn t just cover the events of these two years This book covered all the events in all three theaters of combat operations and did it in a fairly chronological order Most histories will deal with one theatre or one battle while others will cover the whole Revolution but only the major events This book covers the events leading up to the conflict as well as all the major combats and many obscure actions and events involving minor historical figures and does so in full satisfactory detail Further the author reports the events from the points of view of each side as well as the political developments in London There is also a wealth of new detail both regarding the people involved on both sides which includes brief bios their behavior in the field and the problems facing them One area that I enjoyed a great deal that gets some serious treatment is the logistics The logistical demands and deficiencies of both armies is freuently recounted in detail This information makes one wonder how the English could have seriously thought it possible to pursue this war at all Of course the same information makes you wonder how in the heck the Americans could have thought to have started this war Both sides were eually insane and the basis for this shared insanity is laid out in utterly complete detail in this book It would appear that Mr Atkinson is attempting to write a definitive history of the American Revolution and this first volume is a good foundation for what is surely to come

read & download The British Are Coming The War for America Lexington to Princeton 1775 1777

The British Are Coming The War for America Lexington to Princeton 1775 1777

read & download The British Are Coming The War for America Lexington to Princeton 1775 1777 The British Are Coming The War for America Lexington to Princeton 1775 1777 free read Ø 106 In the initial volume of the Revolution Trilogy Rick Atkinson recounts the first twenty one months of America’s violent war for independence From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777 American militiamen and then the ragge. The British are Coming The War for America Lexington to Princeton 1775 1777 is a meticulously and deeply researched history of the American Revolution by renowned historian Rick Atkinson This first volume of the anticipated Revolution Trilogy was riveting as you watch the struggling Continental Army up against the mighty and formidable forces of the British Army and Royal Navy dispatched by King George III This is the story of the newly formed colonies in America and their struggle not only for freedom but to forge a new democratic nation Atkinson describes the first twenty one months of the American Revolution with the battles at Lexington and Concord to those at Trenton and Princeton told in painful detail We see each of these battles not only from the point of view of the generals to the soldiers but to those waiting at home This was a fast paced book as we see well known characters from our history to the obscure I for one will be anxiously awaiting Volume II of this remarkable tale of America s early and laudable history Still the British Army and Royal Navy had been driven off by a rabblement of farmers and shopkeepers Led by low born ascendant men like the plowman Israel Putnam the anchorsmith Greene and book vendor Knox Washington had displayed persistence and integrity as well as political agility The revolutionary hour had passed to be succeeded by other hours some of them dreadfulThat a large balding American renowned across Europe as a scientist diplomat and revolutionary would remain inconspicuous as he trotted through the French provinces defied probability Whatever the great man s purpose Paris was alert and giddy while awaiting his arrival When word spread in London of Franklin s advance in on Paris British stocks fell Common Sense had helped nudge Americans toward their declaration of independency converting fence straddlers into patriots and patriots into radicalsThese are the times that try men s souls The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis shrink from the service of this country But he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman Tyranny like hell is not easily conuered yet we have this consolation with us that the harder the conflict the glorious the triumph Thomas Paine

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read & download The British Are Coming The War for America Lexington to Princeton 1775 1777 The British Are Coming The War for America Lexington to Princeton 1775 1777 free read Ø 106 Proves to be the wiliest of diplomats; George Washington the commander in chief who learns the difficult art of leadership when the war seems all but lost The story is also told from the British perspective making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the compellin. If everything is important then nothing is Writing history is as much about knowing what to leave out as to include in making a narrative or interpretation In contrast Atkinson piles on the minute close grained details of military operations much of this is a recitation of material and logistics in a way that loses the forest for not just the trees but the pine needles The result makes the Revolution dull while also missing all the things that made it important including why it was fought at all The sections on causation recite the familiar events Tea Party etc and themes English arrogance but omits the incredible modern scholarship on 18th century politics both English and American Even as a biographically centered narrative you can t say it s old fashioned because the old fashioned historians were people like Bancroft or even Esther Forbes who had style and a point of view also they wrote 50 or 100 years ago Atkinson can be a deft writer especially of the short biographical sketch but he also falls too easily into portentous mannerisms lots of pathetic fallacy the sky is sullen to indicate that Something Is Important If things change you can count on them changing changing utterly Beauty terrible or otherwise is not born