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On June 17, 1775, the entire dynamic of the newborn American Revolution was changed. If the Battle of Lexington and Concord was, in the immortal words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the "shot heard round the world," Bunker Hill was the volley that rocked Britain's Parliament and the ministry of King George III to its core. The Battle of Bunker Hill was the first hostile engagemenOn June 17, 1775, the entire dynamic of the newborn American Revolution was changed. If the Battle of Lexington and Concord was, in the immortal words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the "shot heard round the world," Bunker Hill was the volley that rocked Britain's Parliament and the ministry of King George III to its core. The Battle of Bunker Hill was the first hostile engagement of the Revolution between two organized armies, and the first time that a genuine American army had ever taken the field. It gave the British their first inkling that the Colonial rabble-in-arms they had envisioned might actually prove to be a formidable fighting force. In this book, award-winning author James L. Nelson tells the exciting and dramatic story of the fight that changed the face of the American Revolution. He looks at the events leading up to that fateful day, the personalities on both the British and American sides who made momentous decisions, and the bloody outcome of those crucial choices, which would affect the British strategy on the battlefield throughout the coming six more years of active warfare. A masterful new history of the first set-piece battle of the Revolutionary War, With Fire and Sword offers critical new insights into one of the most important actions of our country's founding....

Title : With Fire and Sword: The Battle of Bunker Hill and the Beginning of the American Revolution
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ISBN : 9780312576448
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Number of Pages : 364 Pages
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With Fire and Sword: The Battle of Bunker Hill and the Beginning of the American Revolution Reviews

  • Jim
    2019-02-24 12:10

    This book, which is about the beginning of the American Revolution culminating in the Battle of Bunker Hill, starts out quite strangely. The prologue discusses at some length the Battle of Brooklyn, which took place in 1776 well after the British had left Boston in disgrace. At the Battle of Brooklyn, Major General Howe led the British forces which landed on Long Island, swept around the left flank of the American forces, and stood ready to attack and defeat the American fortress on the Brooklyn Heights. Yet, the British forces did not attack. Instead, they opted to entrench themselves and settle for a siege - a siege that was defeated several days later when Washington succeeded in the, some say, miraculous evacuation of all American troops from Brooklyn to Manhattan.The author's premise is that General Howe, who had also been in command of the forces who attacked the Americans on Bunker/Breed's Hill, had been so stunned by the losses that his troops took and the tenacity of the American forces on Bunker/Breed's Hill, that he was forever after the victim of an in-grained timidity. This timidity showed at Brooklyn, in New Jersey and Philadelphia and, in the end, enabled the American Continental Army under General Washington to survive for yet another and yet another day.This is an excellent account of the events leading up to the outbreak of armed hostilities at Concord and Lexington in April 1775. And it provides a very clear account of the Battle of Bunker Hill - a battle in which both sides, American and British, made horrendous mistakes and miscalculations. Bunker Hill was seen initially as a victory for the British since they ended up possessors of the Charlestown peninsula. However, in terms of casualties and the effect of morale on the respective forces, the battle can legitimately be termed an American victory. That is certainly how American history books have characterized it over the years.This is an excellent book, adding considerably to the reader's understanding of the beginning of the War of Independence.

  • Nat Bond
    2019-03-11 04:14

    Nelson is as good at history as he is at fiction!

  • Lori
    2019-03-08 08:28

    This book brought an entire new outlook to the American Revolution and the forming of this great country of our!

  • Lee
    2019-03-14 06:07

    I am certain there was a lot of research put into this book. It was not a bad book at all. However, as I mentioned in another review, it is hard for me to compare this to Decisive Day by Richard Ketchum. I will admit I am very biased to that book.I was disappointed in the fact that this book spent so much time leading up to Bunker Hill and that time frame. More than half the book was about the time leading up to Bunker Hill. I guess that is in the title but I was expecting the book to focus more on Bunker Hill.

  • Bill
    2019-02-24 12:04

    Absolutely one of the clearest reads of any of the history books I have read in the past twenty years. Nelson's writing made me feel as if I were there watching the battle unfold. Just be aware though that the title does contain the phrase "and the Beginning of the American Revolution". Only toward the end of the book does the account of Breed's Hill occur. I also thought that the two maps included in the book were top-shelf and found them very useful. This was a perfect read before our trip out to Boston this summer and more of Nelson's books will definitely find their way onto our shelves.

  • Deane
    2019-03-19 08:05

    A very engaging read. Wonderful treatment of the beginnings of resistance in Massachusetts to the Battle of Bunker Hill. Of particular significance is the information about the orgins and development of the American army between April and June, 1775, which I have not encountered in other works. And we are presented with a new set of American heros; Joseph Warren, Israel Putnam, and William Prescott, who seem to have been largely ignored in more conventional histories.

  • Jim
    2019-03-17 05:29

    A good book from my friend Greg McEathron. Great to know the details that no one had time for in high school! The old story about the battle of Bunker Hill actually being on Breed's Hill is actually not true. The bump on Bunker Hill where the action took place took on the name Breed's Hill well after the actual battle. The author does a good job of blending local details and 'the big picture' of the evenets at the start of the American Revolution.

  • Eric
    2019-03-17 11:17

    Well worth a read. Nelson does a good job of fleshing out the human nature of the main personalities involved in the what/why/how questions involved in any historically significant event. This author puts a lot of thought into it, as well as researching it from original source material, and then tieing it all together into a very readable atory.

  • Richard Brylczyk
    2019-03-27 09:24

    With Fire and Sword: The Battle of Bunker Hill and the Beginning of the American Revolutionby James L. Nelson is a well-written narrative of the events of the early American Revolution that resulted in the Battle of Bunker Hill.It asserts several facts of which I was not aware despite my history of reading Revolutionary War history books. Well worth reading for those interested in that era.

  • Glenn Robinson
    2019-03-17 07:16

    Excellent account of the Battle of Bunker Hill. The book actually starts with the account of Boston of the ten years leading up to the battle and the role of the leaders, mainly Joseph Warren and Israel Putnam on the American side and Generals Gage, Howe, Clinton and Burgoyne on the British side.Very well researched and well worth the time.

  • Jim
    2019-03-03 07:26

    I really enjoyed this book on the events leading up to, and the event of the battle of Bunker Hill. It's a fascinating period of our nation's history, and Nelson has a writing style that keeps you engaged for the entire book. I recommend it!!

  • Evan G
    2019-03-06 09:23

    This was a great book summarizing the events before and during the battle of Bunker Hill.It also talked a lot about somebody I'd never heard of, Dr. Joseph Warren. This book is good for those who would like a greater understanding of the events that occurred during Revolutionary War.

  • Aubrey Dustin
    2019-02-25 08:04

    This was a very detailed history. I was able to write an effective study of mission command using background information from this book. All pertinent information on the battle is here in a very clear and easy to read voice that kept my attention.

  • John Nellis
    2019-02-28 04:22

    Very good book on the battle of Bunker Hill. The book tells of all the events leading to rebellion, and the battle itself. I found it very informative. It had lots of first person accounts, and help put many events in perspective.

  • Brian Durfee
    2019-03-07 04:16

    I loved Nelson's maritime adventure novels so I thought I would give some of his non-fiction work a try. This was a good start. Learned a lot about old colonial Boston and the beginning of the Revolutionary war.

  • Richie Moran
    2019-03-18 10:10

    library

  • Ed
    2019-03-22 08:02

    Clearly told history with details I had not been aware of. The author's use of correspondence from the participants added flavor and authenticity.