Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution
By: Nathaniel Philbrick
Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution authored by Nathaniel Philbrick, along with it’s other historical compatriots dwell in a space uniquely their own. Within this dramatic and evidentiary arena Nathaniel’s latest works stands shoulder to shoulder among the ranks of other great works authored on the important subject of this nation’s independence and the much broader genre of history. It is clearly evident in this book that Nathaniel Philbrick conducted an unmitigated amount of research before putting pen to paper. His passion for history and artful writing are blended exquisitely in this new work and brings the story to life once more all these years later. Leaving no stone unturned, and no document unread it is safe to call Bunker Hill a complete history of the iconic battle, the events leading up to the battle, and those which ensued after its conclusion.
Approaching this book I thought that it would begin with the battle and proceed to wind its way through the skirmishes that followed during the course of the overall conflict that was to found an entirely new nation and give birth to our identity as Americans. Upon breaking the spine it was revealed to me that there was much more behind this iconic battle. A loquacious historian, Philbrick captures not only the events but the emotions of the time. As you read through the story of the battle of Bunker Hill the tension and the anger become palpable. His words allowed me to place myself in the streets of Boston. Along with a well-authored history, Nathaniel Philbrick has included in his book pictures of the painted likenesses of the figures involved as well as detailed maps; which make the events and their relationships to each other easy to comprehend and visualize.
Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution is a great addition to any collector’s library and a spectacular gift for any history buff. It is a solid and detailed account of the battle of Bunker Hill, the events that led up to the fighting, and what ensued as a result of the battle. Even a well-read history buff will discover something new in Philbrick’s book. Already I am giving the book to my father – a much bigger history buff than myself to read. And have two other relatives lined up to read the book after him. We are all clamoring to read the book that describes how the first citizens once clamored for liberty.