Igniting the American Revolution

Igniting the American Revolution


Book - 2015?
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Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2015?]
ISBN: 9781492613954
Characteristics: xi, 467 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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May 04, 2016

This book was a great read! I am recommending this book to everyone. US history is not my usual genre of choice but Derek Beck does a wonderful job of telling the story starting from the Boston Tea Party thru Ticonderoga. He fills in the gaps between the common highlights that are taught in school with nuance and details drawn from original sources such as letters and diaries. It is written in a way that is both engaging, informative, and easy to follow. Sometimes I forgot I was reading non-fiction.

I learned a lot by reading this book. I now have a deeper understanding of what went into the American Revolution. My previous knowledge was limited to "no taxation without representation", the intolerable Acts, and a few scrimmages. There was so much more! For instance, the Powder Alarms where particularly new to me. The book does a great job giving insight and details into the who, what and why the colonies were heading to revolution. I never knew much about Joseph Warren. He played such an important role in the shaping of our country. Why he glossed over in our history books is beyond me. I whole hardily recommend this book to everyone.


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