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Paul Revere's midnight ride looms as an almost mythical event in American history - yet it has been largely ignored by scholars and left to patriotic writers and debunkers. In Paul Revere's Ride, David Hackett Fischer fashions an exciting narrative that offers deep insight into the outbreak of revolution and the emergence of the American republic. Beginning in the years before the eruption of war, Fischer illuminates the figure of Paul Revere, a man far more complex than the simple artisan and messenger of tradition. When the alarm riders took to the streets, they did not cry, "The British are coming", for most of them still believed they were British. Within a day many began to think differently. For George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Thomas Paine, the news of Lexington was their revolutionary Rubicon.

Paul Revere's Ride returns Paul Revere to center stage in these critical events, capturing both the drama and the underlying developments in a triumphant return to narrative history at its finest.

©1994 David Hackett Fischer (P)2017 Tantor

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Damn

Amazing work. You will learn much more than history. You will learn how to look at history.

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Balanced, detailed and entertaining

This book is excellent for expanding your knowledge of a pivotal figure and period in American history.

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Paul Revere both then and how we've seen him

The author relates that which history says happened as well as how different ages and groups have seen Mr.Revere's ride.... as well as the others that passed the word and aided the riders that night so long ago. He is an important historical figure but is also representative of others. read why he have not been lost to the annals of time.

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  • Rindt
  • Sheboygan, WI, United States
  • 01-18-18

Finally after 13 years of wait...

This great work is finally available for the listening reader! David Hackett Fischer is the consumate historian, especially for early American history fans. His use of resources more available in the last two decades combined with his objective and respectful use of previous author's writings makes for a very detailed, yet relatable look into the outbreak of the American Revolution and the life of one it's most iconic figures. A joy to read, is now a joy to listen as well.

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good for historians, great for military historians

I very much enjoyed the beginning of this book which recounted the events leading up to Lexington and Concord. I loved the telling of Paul Revere's experiences and actions. It got a little dry for me when it turned into a military history, talking about commanders and flanks and formations. That's not my favorite. But overall, I would say that it's a well-written book.

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outstanding and comprehensive

Loved this book. A very comprehensive look at Paul Revere and his legend. Two more words.

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Exceptional History

David Hackett Fischer in my humble opinion is one of the foremost historians of our times and the audio of his work is, like the work itself, exceptional. For those looking to read and listen to a narrative of positive influence and work of unbiased factual history Paul Revere's Ride is a wonderful place to spend time.

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Fascinating history!

In an enjoyable narrative, this book gave thorough details on an important event in American history.
Interesting read.

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  • Rick
  • Murrieta, CA, United States
  • 09-06-17

A bit drawn out...

First let me remind you that "history is in fact something that never happened, written by someone who wasn't there." Next take into consideration the fact that Paul Revere's Ride is about 2% of this book, and the history surrounding that event, and those leading up to it are the happenings long before anything could be recorded with the use of a smart phone. We're learning about events that unfolded well over 200 years ago, and from sources that (over the years) have been deemed questionable at best. All this being considered, I still only give the book 3 stars.

The actual ride, and the events leading up to it are interesting to a degree, but there were so many side stories and secondary characters it became difficult to remain interested. There are several pages/chapters about the battles which are all very interesting but it seemed like it took a lifetime to get there.

The narrator does an excellent job (trying) to keep the story interesting with his constant voice inflection and even pitch throughout. I wish the story had the same tone.

If I could sum it up, I'd boil this book down to the 1-2 chapters before and after the ride, and the conclusion which "Debunks" the histories that have been altered over time to the detriment of Paul Revere, and the founding Patriots of this country. Go ahead and add this title to your queue, you might see it a different way.

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