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Bunker Hill

A City, A Siege, A Revolution

By Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, brings his prodigious talents to the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution.

Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents  have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord.  In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.

Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of the story. He finds new characters, and new facets to familiar ones. The real work of choreographing rebellion falls to a thirty-three year old physician named Joseph Warren who emerges as the on-the-ground leader of the Patriot cause and is fated to die at Bunker Hill. Others in the cast include Paul Revere, Warren’s fiancé the poet Mercy Scollay, a newly recruited George Washington, the reluctant British combatant General Thomas Gage and his more bellicose successor William Howe, who leads the three charges at Bunker Hill and presides over the claustrophobic cauldron of a city under siege as both sides play a nervy game of brinkmanship for control.

With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape—geographic and ideological—in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, blisteringly real origins of America.

Format: Book
Author: Philbrick, Nathaniel
Title: Bunker Hill : a city, a siege, a revolution / Nathaniel Philbrick.
Publisher Date: New York, New York : Viking, [2013], ©2013.
Subject: Bunker Hill, Battle of, Boston, Mass., 1775 Boston (Mass.) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
Isbn: 9780670025442 (hardcover) 0670025445 (hardcover)
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Call Number: 973.3312 Phi
Oclc: 818953755
Bib Id: 430229

Format: Book
Author: Philbrick, Nathaniel
Title: Bunker Hill : a city, a siege, a revolution / Nathaniel Philbrick.
Publisher, Date: New York, New York : Viking, [2013], ©2013.
Description: xvii, 398 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Subjects: Bunker Hill, Battle of, Boston, Mass., 1775
Subjects: Boston (Mass.) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-378) and index.
Contents: Part I: Liberty -- The city on the hill -- Poor unhappy Boston -- The long hot summer -- The alarm -- The unnatural contest -- Part II: Rebellion -- The trick to see it -- The bridge -- No business but that of war -- The redoubt -- The battle -- Part III: The siege -- The fiercest man -- The clap of thunder -- Epilogue: Character alone.
LCCN: 2013001534
ISBN: 9780670025442 (hardcover)
ISBN: 0670025445 (hardcover)
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Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: 973.3312 Phi