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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

And it Just Gets Better...

Two more great reviews, one from Kirkus (a starred review - special merit. That's good) and one from Booklist.

The book is With Fire and Sword: The Battle of Bunker Hill and the Beginning of the American Revolution. There seems to be some confusion from the last post as to the publication date, so let me say again, the book will be published

March 1, 2011

There will be considerable mention made of that event (at least by me) so you'll know about it.

Here are the hightlights of the new reviews:

From Kirkus:

A clever, often sardonic history of an iconic battle.

Prolific historian Nelson (George Washington’s Great Gamble: And the Sea Battle that Won the American Revolution, 2010, etc.) begins in turbulent 1760s Massachusetts, which, in his often tongue-in-cheek narrative, resembles less the traditional high-school patriotic pageant than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict... Nelson makes an entertaining case that the American Revolution may have been won on Bunker Hill.

And from Booklist:

The battles of Lexington and Concord, deemed the “shots heard around the world,” are usually considered
the opening conflicts of the Revolutionary War. Perhaps so, but as Nelson indicates in his detailed and
stirring account, the subsequent battle at Bunker Hill had a much greater impact in both America and
Britain. He convincingly asserts that the massive casualties sustained meant a true
turning point had arrived. American confidence was bolstered, while the British realized the rebels would
not be easily subdued. This is a well-done examination of a critical battle, ideal for general readers.


  1. Way to go, Jim! You deserve it. Now, get back to work!!!!

  2. Eric,

    I'm writing as fast as I can. Right now I'm just waiting for my fingers to stop bleeding so I can get back to it.

  3. It's probably too late to incorporate the results of new research, but you still might be interested in a recently discovered fact about Bunker Hill as published by "Argyle Sweater" on January 23:

    This could have changed history!