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How Britain Came to Fight America. Our Man in Charleston: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, Displaying, as in Mayflower and The Last Stand , a superior talent for renewing interest in a famed event, Philbrick will again be in high demand from history buffs.
Philbrick is at his most vivid in conveying scenes of battle, both on the road between Boston and Concord and on the ridges of Bunker Hill.
But what adds depth to the narrative is his fine sense of the ambitions that drive people in war and politics. The author reminds us that the freedoms colonists wanted were never intended to apply to blacks, American Indians or women.
This was a messy time when decisions were sometimes dictated by ambition instead of some nobler trait. This is easy-reading history, uncluttered by footnotes and assisted by some excellent maps.
A rewarding approach to a well-worn subject, rich in anecdotes, opinion, bloodshed and Byzantine political maneuvering.
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Please try again later. I have read a LOT of books on the Revolution, in fact it is all I have read for years now, and so far have not finished this yet , this is one of the best I have read!
I was surprised to find that this book is more than just the title! I have not even gotten to the Battle yet!
The book takes you through all of what transpired leading up to the start of the Revolution. Of course, since this is a lot of territory to cover, a lot of details are missing, that I have read in other books, BUT, there have been many, many details that I have not seen in other books.
Its like the author knows what most people that do any reading on the subject at all already know so he skips over those and adds details that he knows are not in a lot of other books.
In addition, the writing style is excellent, very enjoyable to read. If you are a student of the Revolution, I heartily recommend this book!
I've read this book twice, the second time right before a vacation to Boston. I took the book, and had a religious experience at the Concord bridge as I read the bridge story on a bench next to the bridge.
The wife and I also spent a day driving to the three Joseph Warren statues in the area - inspired by this book! I follow this author.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. It is well detailed. Most books covering this period of our American history cover the Battle of Concord and Lexington but stop short of including the Battle of Bunker Hill which, incidentally, was fought in large part on Breed's Hill in Charlestown and the subsequent siege of Boston.
This history provides the full story and is a must read for any history buff. The main cast of characters are here Of the many books on this period that I have read, this is one of the best because it includes the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston, which galvanized the patriots of New England into revolutionary action and ignited the "embers" into full revolution in places such as New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the Carolinas.
This is an excellent account of the causes and first moments of our Revolution. Philbrick is a fine historian and a fine writer the two do not always go hand in hand , and he does a wonderful job of describing events from both the American and British perspective.
Neither side really wanted a revolution, and neither had thought through the consequences of a revolution or, on the American side, the mechanics of mounting a successful revolution or governing the results.
Personalities played a role. Communication difficulties played a role. And, as it happened, a dark night played a role, producing a battle on Breed's Hill, not on Bunker Hill.
This is a book for anyone who has an interest in knowing how and why we first became Americans. One person found this helpful. Steven Peterson Top Contributor: This is a comprehensive history of the background of Bunker Hill and the aftereffects of that bloody battle.
At the outset, it seems obligatory to note that the fight actually took place on Breed's Hill. The book itself considers the various actions leading to an army of militiamen to surround British forces in Boston.
When the squad arrives and points out the fur store that was robbed, Proctor revealed he tried to tell Harris about it, but the latter wouldn't listen.
In his office, the mayor is furious with the latest crime spree and reprimands Harris for his precinct's slow response and Hurst for not being strict with the former.
Despite arguing their case, he points out that because of their slow response, everyone thinks he's incompetent to do his job and are leaving town.
Under threat by the governor with revocation of his job, the mayor orders Harris, Hurst and Proctor to work with Commandant Lassard George Gaynes to apprehend the gang.
After distributing flyers as to the information of the Wilson gang and getting nowhere, Nick stumbles upon a paper reporting an antique diamond heading to a museum, and gets an idea to use it as bait: Nick then decides to go undercover to get information regarding a possible hideout, but Harris decides to go undercover to get a confession.
Despite his fear of heights, Harris goes undercover as a window washer at a tall building and gets a confession of himself on tape after Proctor accidentally knocks him over the balcony.
The robberies are committed by a group of three dimwitted criminals who don't seem to be able to do this on their own, and it's revealed they are being guided by a shadow figure known as the "Mastermind," who speaks to the three behind a wall of glass and uses a voice distortion device.
He devises a plan to get the cops out of the way. Commandant Lassard and his men are later suspended after jewelry from the gang's last robbery is found in Lassard's office, pending an investigation.
The gang decides to clear his name by nabbing the gang and the ringleader. Accessing data files from a computer, Nick deduces that the robberies are occurring along a bus route, thus intentionally lowering property values in that part of the city.
They also learn that someone must be leaking information to the bad guys, which is why they are always one step ahead of the police.
The police academy force finds and does battle with the Wilson gang, taking down Ace, Flash, and Ox, while Nick chases the leader.
A pursuit follows, which leads to Commissioner Hurst's George Robertson office. Though the others are fooled by the fact there are two versions of Commissioner Hurst, Nick wasn't fooled and is able to help them point out the real Hurst from the fake with a Pinocchio test.
With that, Hightower removes the mask and reveals the "Mastermind" as the mayor. Caught, the mayor admitted that Captain Harris has been unwittingly leaking information during his daily meetings with him and how he could've made billions off the properties if it hadn't been for Lassard and his team.
Hurst tells Hightower to take the mayor into custody with his gang. He apologizes and reinstates the force, and a plaque is given to honor the officers' bravery the next day.
As the movie closes, Harris is sitting in a chair when a string tying the balloon float is cut, lifting his chair and floating him up into the air as he shouts Proctor's name.
As he floats away, it is revealed that it was Commander Lassard who actually cut the string out of revenge for Harris' actions for getting him and his team off the case with his manipulation.
Some of the landmarks and people in the film reference Toronto , the city where most of the first four Police Academy movies were filmed.
The police station is called Oakdale Police Station, referencing the Oakdale area of Toronto which a small area between the western intersections of Highway and Finch Avenue , extending to just south of Sheppard Avenue , and east just past Jane Street.