Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin are known to all; men like Morgan, Greene, and Wayne are less familiar. Yet the dreams of the politicians and theorists became real only because fighting men were willing to take on the grim, risky, brutal work of war. The soldiers of the American Revolution were a diverse lot: merchants and mechanics, farmers and fishermen, paragons and drunkards. Most were ardent amateurs. Even George Washington, assigned to take over the army around Boston in 1775, consulted books on military tactics.
Here, Jack Kelly vividly captures the fraught condition of the war--the bitterly divided populace, the lack of supplies, the repeated setbacks on the battlefield, and the appalling physical hardships. That these inexperienced warriors could take on and defeat the superpower of the day was one of the remarkable feats in world history.
©2014 Jack Kelly (P)2015 Tantor
"[T]he writing is lively, and [Jack] offers a serious reminder of the brutality of the American Revolution." (Publishers Weekly)
This is an outstanding book. It is a refreshing reassertion of the diverse basis for the American revolution. The comprehensive description of the Revolutionary war and the participants is as good as I have ever read.
I strongly recommend it as an antidote to the current political chaos in the United States. We have been through worse before and we will overcome the present dysfunction.
It got a bit deeper into some important but less well known figures such as Lord Stirling but no big revelations. I still enjoyed it.
We too often forget the men who helped shape this country. Jack Kelly does a great job capturing the realities of a soldiers life during the revolutionary war.
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