- Tapa blanda: 464 páginas
- Editor: OUP USA; Edición: Revised (19 de abril de 1995)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0195098315
- ISBN-13: 978-0195098310
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Paul Revere's Ride (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 19 abr 1995
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A work of rare historical distinction ... It is crammed with anecdote, represents a meticulous standard of research ... and offers a peerless portrait of its subject. (Boston Sunday Globe)
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This widely acclaimed and meticulously researched book is the first serious study of Paul Revere's famous ride. Fischer's exciting narrative offers new insight into the coming of the American Revolution.Ver Descripción del producto
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The details are impressive and insightful. Besides having a great deal of new information about Revere himself, Fischer has gathered information about all the other characters that I knew only by name if at all. This is not about the big names like Sam Adams and John Hancock but about individual militia members – their lives and the background leading up to the battle. Fischer’s use of letters is superb. He brings these people to life in a way I have never seen. But, remarkably, he does the same for the British soldiers who are usually nothing but place holders in the historical myths and legends. They become real people with their own fears, loves, problems and frustrations. When Lexington-Concord occurs about 60% of the way through the text, the men killed and injured are real human beings on BOTH sides. Fischer gives us their personal histories and portrays both the British and the Americans so empathetically that the battle in some ways becomes for the reader a true tragedy. It remains a show of incredible bravery and a rallying point for American freedom but it also becomes a great example of young men’s lives being blown apart by the vagaries of war and, for the British soldiers, by misjudgment and miscommunication at the top. Fischer gives incredible images, again supported by documentation, of American householders fighting British Regulars on their doorstep and dying to protect their homes and families. He shows the ability, almost impossible to believe, of American militia leaders organizing large numbers of individuals from different villages who were never used to being organized on such a large scale and against deadly fire. Fischer clearly shows that much of what we know about Paul Revere’s Ride is embellished legend but he also shows beyond doubt that the Battle of Lexington-Concord was not just a bunch of individual marksmen behind stone walls shooting at marching British troops. The organization of the Americans, as well as the ferocity of individual skirmishes, was completely new to me. This is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand in depth the first battle of the Revolution in terms of strategy, organization, and the human cost involved.
Fischer’s actual description of Lexington-Concord is utterly gripping. Fischer writes in a fluid easy-to-read style that keeps the reader intensely interested in the flow of events. It is an excellent war novel in the last 100 pages of the book except that it really happened. I never expected this when I first saw the book. Revere’s ride was not just one but many and it was definitely not only Revere who rode. But as impressive as Revere’s dedication and courage were, it is all a preamble to the incredibly human story of Lexington-Concord that Fischer brings to life. I recommend this book in the strongest terms. It is living American history at its best.
While Fischer's unabashedly pro-American slant may trigger PTSD in certain west-coast hipsters, he presents an accurate, well-documented, informative, and extremely readable account of the battles of Lexington and Concord. Not only that, he gives an excellent sense of popular opinions of the Revolution, the daily thoughts and priorities of the average pre-American citizen, and how these two interacted... thoroughly shattering the modern pseudo-intellectual myth that the American Revolution was the pet project of a small group of wealthy colonial elites who resented the restraining influence of the British crown.
While it is very clear that the author approves of the Revolution, the work maintains a healthy sense of objectivity and does not stray in propaganda (however justified it might be if it had). The British regular forces and their officers are treated not as a faceless enemy, but as historical and personal figures who are to be understood not only in terms of their actions, but with thought and analysis given to the motivations and beliefs behind them (in fact, it is revealed that a fair number of these were decidedly pro-colonial and Whigish in their private sentiments).
While thick with historical data, and very well referenced and supported, this work nonetheless manages to be not only an easy, but a positively enjoyable, read for the layman.
I recommend it highly.
Read and have your mind opened.