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Band of Giants brings to life the founders who fought for our independence in the Revolutionary War. 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 only became real because fighting men were willing to take on the grim, risky, brutal work of war. We know Fort Knox, but wBand of Giants brings to life the founders who fought for our independence in the Revolutionary War. 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 only became real because fighting men were willing to take on the grim, risky, brutal work of war. We know Fort Knox, but what about Henry Knox, the burly Boston bookseller who took over the American artillery at the age of 25? Eighteen counties in the United States commemorate Richard Montgomery, but do we know that this revered martyr launched a full-scale invasion of Canada? 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....

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Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America's Independence Reviews

  • Anna C
    2018-11-02 05:48

    Jack Kelly has accomplished two laudable feats. First, he has written a book about the Revolutionary War (actually one of my least favorite time periods in all history) and made it readable. Second, he has condensed the entire conflict, from the first shots of the French and Indian War to the Treaty of Paris, into one 250 page volume. From the subtitle ("The Amateur Soldiers who Won America's Independence") and the blurb on the back, I expected this to be about the common man, the normal farmers and shopkeepers who were pulled into war. A few chapters in, I realized that Kelly was focusing not on the faceless infantrymen, but on the lesser-known officers. Once I had re-evaluated my perceptions, I found this a refreshing book. Kelly leaves Washington to tell the almost forgotten stories of Knox, Marion, Morgan and Greene. And though I'm glad to see these brilliant amateur officers finally get their due from history, I also would have appreciated an effort to focus more on the common soldier.The most important thing I learned from "Band of Giants" was not the life story or war contributions of someone like Henry Knox, but the difficulties faced by the rag-tag army. I was already aware of the shoeless, starving army that never got its wages, but I was stunned to learn that American officers frequently shot enlisted men for such offenses as quaking before fire or bad-mouthing the command. Although Kelly does not weigh in on this brutal discipline, I found it horrifying.Reading "Band of Giants," you might very well wonder how America even beat the British in the first place. In elementary school, you are indoctrinated into thinking that the loyal Patriot army repulsed the best army in the world through sheer willpower. Yet Kelly shows us a mutinous and near-starved pack of men who are carried up and down the East Coast for eight years. How did these untrained brigands beat the British army? The answer, of course, is simple. The French. This is my biggest complaint about "Band of Giants." Kelly seems to have willfully overlooked the European contributions to the American war effort. Lafayette's main purpose is to serve as a clever device in the epilogue, Rochambeau is mentioned only in passing, and Steuben's contributions are downplayed, while Steuben himself is belittled. I found this a very unusual omission.Aside from the snubbing of the French, my biggest complaint with "Band of Giants" was the pacing. Obviously, if you condense the entire Revolutionary War into 250 pages, with lengthy detours into the backstories of officers who history has forgotten, there are going to be some gaps. However, it was very hard for a non-history buff to keep hold of the story. For example, Kelly has a strange habit to set up a battle, describe the combatants, explore the strategy, examine how the soldiers must have felt, and then mention the name of the battle as an afterthought at the end of the chapter (for example, Kelly spends many pages on the battle of Saratoga, but doesn't tell you it's the battle of Saratoga until the aftermath, when he casually drops it in the middle of a paragraph. I'm sure Revolutionary aficionados recognized it immediately, but I didn't know what I was reading until the battle was done). Though there were a few missteps, this was still an interesting and very readable volume on the Revolutionary War. I learned a lot!I received a free ARC through First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

  • Steve Smits
    2018-10-26 09:36

    This book greatly exceeded my expectations. I thought it might be a narrow, possibly dry, exposition on the role of the militia in the Revolutionary War. Not at all dry, it is a very well-written history of the military events of the war. The engagement of the various militia is woven into a compelling account of the leaders and their triumphs and failures throughout the six-year campaign for independence. The book gives fascinating portrayals of figures I knew (Washington, Arnold, Greene, Gates, Knox, Steuben and Layfayette) and some I didn't. Particularly interesting among the latter is Daniel Morgan. Morgan was a rough backwoodsman from Virginia who was tactically brilliant and an aggressive leader of citizen soldiers.Antecedents to the war are told, starting with Washington's experience in the French & Indian War. The history follows the Revolutionary War campaigns from 1775 to Cornwallis's surrender at Yorktown in 1781. There is not much about the political circumstances during the war other than reminders of how poorly the armies were supported by the Continental Congress and the states.Kelly's writing is exceptionally good; the vividness and pace of the narrative make the read very enjoyable. As a one-volume overview of the war I would highly recommend this book.

  • Linda Marie Marsh
    2018-11-11 03:37

    I received this book from the publisher Palgrave/Macmillan, which had no influence on whether or not i liked the book.... Yep, It's a history book,and it's anything but typical. Not a bunch of names dates and places where you try and connect the dots, not at all. INSTEAD, Kelly has made those names become actual relateable people. People with faults and strengths. Dates that we're all familiar with become times with meaning. And places? His words made it possible to envision a lot of what took place in those towns. The pages of THIS history book actually do turn quickly. It is so very readable. You learn what the men of the revolution were probably thinking and feeling, their backgrounds and personal lives. You learn tidbits like what an abatisis is- a precursor to barbed wire, made of sharpened wood....or that Brooklyn is Dutch for broken land, or marsh- Breukelen. Washington and his leaders got groups of militia men from various areas, the troops had "very little discipline, order or government",with one thing in common.... patriotic perserverance. And with this ragtag army he accomplished what many scoffed at, and WE are here, an independant country because of those men.

  • Jb
    2018-11-22 09:35

    I've read several books about the American Revolutionary War and have learned something new from each. Example: Hessians that Gen. Washington's army encountered in Trenton after crossing the Delaware were not drunk (contrary to myth) but alert. Book's title is misleading; patriot generals were not giants. They were a motley bunch; they dithered, they doubted, they lacked tact. Indeed it's a wonder that the American cause prevailed. Official university historians (Kelly is not one) deign to discount divine providence favoring the American cause, but some unseen hand certainly seems to have favored the often bedraggled Continental army and militia. In the end, flawed though they were, Americans prevailed (with help from a German military mastermind, a Polish engineering genius, French tacticians and, yes, perhaps the final mystery of all things).

  • Lance
    2018-11-11 05:35

    Lively, action-oriented account of the personalities involved in the Revolution and how they affected its outcome. Kelly does a great job of sketching the characters of the major participants and describing the harrowing battles, campaigns and privations the soldiers endured. Excellent companion piece to Almost a Miracle by Ferling. Fast paced, illuminating and well-told history.

  • Debbie
    2018-11-03 03:45

    From the subtitle and book description, I had expected the author to tell us about the military education (or lack of it) of several key Revolutionary War military leaders and explain their learning process and military tactics. But the book only briefly described the backgrounds of a multitude of officers--about half a page of information each time a new officer "came on the scene." Tactics and the learning process was only described in passing as part of the battle descriptions.The book was more a novel-like description of some of the worst battles in the war. It seemed like successful battles were summarized briefly if mentioned at all. Since he jumped from battle to picked battle, I sometimes lost my sense of how these events fit in the overall scheme of things (from my previous knowledge). I suppose the idea was to keep the suspense up by making it sound as if we hit rock bottom at the first battle and then it (somehow) only got worse until suddenly, at the end, we started winning.The novel-like re-telling of the battles did make them more exciting to read and, I assume, were based on details found in journals and letters from the time period. He did frequently quote bits from letters and soldier journals. I was disappointed by the judgmental language he used, though. If everyone was so "unwise," "indecisive," "bungling," "inept" and so on, we wouldn't have won. The whole situation was very complex, and the author only told a very small part of what was going on. Yes, things were bad and it's good to describe that. But we were developing a whole new way to run a country and a military, and it's not surprising that things didn't go smoothly.To quote from the book description of "Knife Fights" by John A. Nagl, "When it comes to war, there are only bad choices; the question is only which ones are better and which worse." If you like authors who criticize how people handled difficult and confusing situations, you might enjoy this book. I'm sure others will, too, but I just got so tired of judgmental language by the end of the book.I received this review copy from the publisher through Amazon Vine.

  • Cade
    2018-11-14 07:41

    I thought this book was going to be a series of biographies or profiles of various American officers. Instead, it is basically just a one-volume history of the military battles in the American Revolution. There is an emphasis on the personal roles of the American officers but the "profile" of each one before the war began is maybe a page long.This book is very readable and obviously moves quickly from battle to battle to cover the whole war in such a short book. While the author does indulge in "busting" a few traditional views, this book has none of the history professor's need to affect an unimpressed erudition by indulging in revisionist and iconoclastic history. Rather, Jack Kelly openly admires the character and actions of many or these historic figures and is proud to inherit their legacy as an American. However, it is not an apotheosis of these officers either. The great heroes of the Revolution are presented in a realistic light that admits their foibles and mistakes but leaves their heroism and iconic status intact. This is what got this book the fourth star despite the fact that there is little that particularly distinguishes the content of this book from the huge body of Revolutionary War histories.

  • Frank Ogden
    2018-11-02 01:29

    It was okay, did not Ike writing style

  • Jimmy
    2018-11-09 06:49

    Band of GiantsJack Kelly. Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America's Independence. New York, NY: Saint Martin’s Press, September 9th, 2014. 288 pp.This book focuses on the military leaders during the American War of Independence. I appreciate the author’s look at the military leaders that are not as well known today. Previously I read a book on General Benedict Arnold so I was looking forward to reading this book to get a better idea of what the other leaders were like. Author Jack Kelly paints a portrait of American military men with their admirable qualities but also their quirks. It’s amazing to consider how amateur the American side were. This was contrasted with the British Red Coats who were professional. I love how the book gave an account towards the end of the book of how an American solider asked a British soldier what his occupation was outside of the military; this was a concept that was foreign to their British professional counterpart and one that the Brits chided the Americans. In fact throughout the book it was clear that the Brits didn’t think too favorably of the American military leaders either. British officers saw themselves as gentlemen and aristocrats. It is no surprised then that the British looked down upon American military officers as craftsmen and merchants mimicking aristocratic officers. Despite the American vast inexperience it is incredible to consider that the Americans would have won the war. But as you read the book you also see how the leaders and generals matured. At the same time war is beyond anyone’s control—and the hands of victory is ultimately determined by God more than generals.The book was informative without being dry. I had several favorite portions of the book. I enjoyed it whenever the book discussed about how battles turned and its strategic or tactical contribution. My favorite battle in the book was the Battle of Kings Mountain which previously I knew very little about and I think the last time I remembered hearing about it was in elementary school (which were decades ago!). This battle in South Carolina was very different than the other battles before it in that it wasn’t a battle by the Continental Army but really an ad hoc force of Patriots who were largely Scottish dissenters living in the mountains who didn’t take too kindly to the British military threat and insults against them as a way of trying to strike fear for South Carolina to be under the British. This force of Patriots managed to soundly defeat the British reinforced with loyalists in a short but fierce battle. The book’s description of these tough and independent men was truly something to be admired. Equally interesting to me (though not to all readers) was the book’s description of the Continental Army’s logistics, which fought an uphill battle to keep men clothed, armed and fed. I found it surprising that George Washington was able to field an army for that long during the War especially with threat of mutiny, lack of salary of pay for the troops, and politics. I have a new profound respect for the Quartermaster General of the Army of reading this book. In addition I also enjoyed reading about the various men from Europe who helped trained American forces; in particular I’m thinking about Baron von Steuben and Marquis de Lafayette. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older as a veteran but I loved how the book ended with the post-war years and description of an older General Lafayette’s visit to the US which sparked the memory of a nation and old warriors telling tales. The technology might be different but old veterans thinking back of what they have done as young men—that seems to be a constant human experience. I enjoyed the book.

  • Matt
    2018-11-14 02:54

    I received an Advanced Reader’s Edition of this book through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program. The soldiers of the Continental Army were not professionals when the American Revolution began in 1775, neither were their commanding officers. But as Jack Kelly writings in his book “Band of Giants”, these amateur soldiers took on and defeated the greatest army in the world to win independence for their nation.Kelly’s chronicle of the Revolutionary generation’s military journey starts in 1754 following an inexperienced George Washington as he ignites the French and Indian War and the military lessons he learned. As each significant leader is introduced within the narrative, Kelly gives the reader insight into their previous military experience or lack thereof. As the war goes on, Kelly explains how the commanders learned through failure and success that eventually resulted in the victorious siege of Yorktown.The best part of this book is that Kelly just doesn't follow Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, Horatio Gates, and Benedict Arnold who always seem to be at the fore of Revolutionary history. The lives and careers of Henry Knox, Nathaniel Greene, ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne, Daniel Morgan, John Stark, Charles Lee, and many others are given their just do in the relating of events during the war.Yet there were sections of the book that seemed that Kelly let stray from the overall thrust of the book. Kelly introduced the wives and family of many of the men he follows in the book; overall this is not a bad thing since at times family situations did interfere with a commander’s duties. However at times, the details Kelly relates while interesting little facts were just that and nothing more in the overall context of the book. Another glaring error was Kelly shifting from chronicling the course of events and why the individual made the decisions he made, only to then suddenly armchair quarterback the decision before continuing on the narrative. These moments were few and far between, but left the reader scratching their head.Overall “Band of Giants” is a very readable, researched, general history of the American Revolution and the commanding officers of the Continental Army. Although author Jack Kelly does stray briefly into unrelated details and on a couple of occasions interjects his opinion, those errors cannot take away from a well written book that introduces the reader to a better understanding of the history of the American Revolution.

  • Timothy Finucane
    2018-11-12 03:39

    Written by an author who's relative fought in the Revolutionary War, this book shows you the growth of the leading officers of the Revolutionary War from amateurs to the men we know defeated the British Empire. I do have to note however that the title of this book was a bit deceptive and made me believe this would have more to do with the common soldier than the officers in the army. But once I got past that I found the book to be very informative and extremely readable.The focus here is not on all the usual characters, but on many of the lesser known leaders who contributed greatly to the cause. The careers and lives of Henry Knox, Nathaniel Greene, ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne, Daniel Morgan, John Stark, Charles Lee, and others are given a closer inspection to discover exactly how diverse this cast was. This is the most important part of what can be learned from reading this book, as most modern Americans know very little about these men, where they came from, and what they became.One thing that becomes clear while reading this, America came damn close to loosing this battle. At several points the army almost fell apart completely, and a few key decisions were hesitated on. But one thing Mr. Kelly seems to neglect is the full role of the French in the final victory over the British. While He includes them, they're role seems to be portrayed as a bit less than it really was. The Marquis de Lafayette is mentioned and is used at the end of the book to wrap up a summary of all the characters the book covers, but that's about the most credit the French get. I really felt like this aspect was downplayed way too much and can be deceptive in highlighting why America managed to win the war.The book is written in a style that is immediately accessible and moves more like a novel than a history book. I do recommend this if you want to get a glimpse of some of the revolutionary war leaders in more detail than you get from your high school text book. In the end you will acquire a better understanding of the war and the people behind it.

  • Tex Reader
    2018-10-27 05:53

    4.0 – Good Brief Retelling of the War Fought By “The Greatest Generation,” IMHO.(I'm excited to have won this as a Goodreads First Read – so thanks, Palgrave Macmillan!)I love history, particularly the revolutionary era, but I hadn’t yet read one devoted to the lesser-known soldiers. This one ended up being one of the better ones I’ve read about that time. Jack Kelly makes this history approachable – keeping it at a good pace, easily readable, descriptive, and brief, while doing a good job of giving enough details to get a feel of being there. It will serve as a good reminder for those like me who have read more about these times, but I even found some new things, or maybe I just had forgotten, which is fine too. It actually had more than I expected about the strategy and logistics of the battles, so it’s definitely a military novel. And since I’m really an amateur, I appreciated the occasional analysis that let me know, for example, whether a particular strategy was good or not.Even though I had an expectation from somewhere that it was about the common soldier, it mainly focused on officers. Still, they were the second/third tier, lesser-talked-about leaders, so it was still interesting and informative. You do get a feel for the common soldier, through their condition being described en mass and use of frequent quotes, but there were no personal accounts or individual perspectives that gave me a picture of them, such as more of the cultural situation and dynamics among the men and women in the camps. But of the officers, I did like the personal info (such as family) and psychology (such as personalities and motivations) that created a more human and complete picture.I don’t mean to take anything away from my parent’s generation who fought WWII, but Kelly does a wonderful job of making you appreciate what all the revolutionary generation had to do to win the war against even bigger odds with even greater sacrifice.

  • Heather
    2018-11-12 01:35

    Band of Giants is a combination of history and novel rolled up in one. The tale begins with a young, inexperienced George Washington at the beginning of the French and Indian War. It is here that Washington get his first lessons in war - lessons that he will continue to build on throughout his days.But this book isn't focused on the well known names like Washington. Instead, we get a glimpse into the lives of the bookseller Henry Knox, the businessman Nathaniel Greene, the iron forge owner Ethan Allen, the young merchant Benedict Arnold, the backwoodsman Daniel Morgan, and other less known men who decided that they wanted to fight for the independence of this nation. They each heard their call to arms in their own way.Kelly uses journals and letters to bring their tales of hardship and triumph to life. He often uses quotes in the stories being told which can, at times, make the story feel a little disjointed.While the subject matter was interesting, there were times that I had a hard time getting into the book. Some parts seemed to move too fast and skim over important details while other parts almost had too many details.Even with these few flaws, I found the book to be interesting, and I enjoyed reading about the struggle for independence from the unique perspective of the amateur soldiers and lesser known men of America's history.Disclosure: I received an ARC copy from the publisher.

  • Ryan
    2018-11-11 09:33

    This slim volume tells the story of the American Revolution through the eyes of a few famous officers, such as Nathaniel Green, Henry Knox, and Benedict Arnold. The book's approach is an interesting contrast: it covers the war's major campaigns and battles in a brisk and clear manner -- the one page account of Eutaw Springs, S.C. is worth several reads. But it finds time to dwell on the social manners and hurt feelings of a dozen or so of the rebel leaders and their wives.The final chapter recounting the 1824 visit of the former General LaFayette is very melancholy, and a touching end to the book.The book does not seem to uncover any new nuggets about the Revolution, but it succinctly makes the case that our country owes its existence not to the Founding Fathers who signed documents and wrote laws, but to the ill-treated citizen soldiers of the state militias and Continental Army who fought and died without ever being repaid or truly appreciated for it.

  • David Moore
    2018-11-02 09:34

    An outstanding description of the heroes who led the fight for our independence. It was sad to read that our history of ignoring the plight of our veterans was a tradition started with congress from the beginning. Failure to pay the troops what an ungrateful nation owed is nothing new. The brilliance of the youthful generals. The consequences of rebuking reward (Benedict Arnold's defection and betrayal for apparent greed and recognition.) Mr. Kelly writes succinctly, peppers the accounts with quotes from the participants, and writes colorful accounts of the major battles that won our independence in spite of a lack of funding.I now want to read more about King's Mountain and the free militia responsible for that victory. Or Nathaniel Greene.

  • Mike Seiber
    2018-10-28 03:52

    I received this book as a winner on a giveaway from Goodreads. I have not read much on the Revolutionary War as I tend to focus my military history on WW2 but found this book to be very interesting. I learned a lot about that time in our history, the struggles the military had in fighting the British, as well as how interesting the men who fought for our Independence were and how different they all were. At times I felt the battles could have had more information about them and how the men portrayed in the book dealt with them but trying to fit all of that into the size of this book were not easy. I highly recommend though as this taught me a lot and was very interesting.

  • Cindy
    2018-11-03 06:38

    So glad I read this one! I have read quite a few books on the Founding Fathers and the American Revolution, but I keep learning something new. It seems that many books on the war focus solely on George Washington, as though he won the war single-handedly. Yes, he was an exceptional general, but I liked that this book also focused on the other leaders, men like Henry Knox, Benedict Arnold, and my distant cousin, Nathanael Greene. I didn't know much at all about the war in Canada, so I was glad to see that was covered. It's not a very long book, but it was well worth reading. I got this free in return for a (belated) review.

  • Rebecca
    2018-10-29 08:41

    --I was provided with a copy through Goodreads First Reads-- I found this to be quick paced fascinating history read. What I found interesting and appreciated was that this title did not figure completely on the well known historical figures such as Franklin and Washington. Daniel Morgan is a little known character who I found to be fascinating if not a bit of a rugged bad a@@. The life of women is usually not mentioned, but the fact that the British and German soldiers did rape women and girls as young as age ten is mentioned. War is savagery, usually that information is hidden behind the sound of victory.

  • Shawn
    2018-10-22 01:50

    I read a lot of history books. Specifically on the American Revolution. This might not only be the best book in that category but in pretty much any category or genre I have read in about a decade. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. While most books on the American Revolution tend to have a lot of the same information which can sometimes feel like you're just reading a text book. This book was written so well that not one time did it feel like someone just plainly stating facts. The story was continually progressing and kept very alive and interesting throughout. I don't think I can say enough good things about this book.

  • Darren
    2018-11-06 03:41

    Great book on the Revolutionary War, focusing on the generals and military campaigns. I really enjoyed this approach. I've read so much about the Founding Fathers that I'd almost forgotten the military aspect of the Revolution. Band of Giants corrects that by succinctly stepping through the battles and putting their importance in perspective. I have a whole new appreciation for Washington, Greene, Lafayette and even Benedict Arnold. I'd highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the founding of our country.

  • Deb Hankens
    2018-11-16 03:42

    I started this book thinking that it would profile those patriots who we already know like Paul Revere, George Washington and Ben Franklin. Instead, this book chronicles the Revolutionary War and the unlikely heroes who stepped forward to lead and fight. Many who led our soldiers into battle were tradesmen who learned the art of war through books, guts and mistakes. The colonies won their independence from England because of three things: Home field advantage, luck, and ignorance of the current tactics involved in waging war.

  •  wade
    2018-11-04 04:28

    The story of the American Revolution is retold strictly from a military perspective. The goal of the author here is to highlight the roles of many of the lesser know commanders to show just how very important they were to complete the American victory. The book is not just all fighting as the author recounts the personal lives of these men when warranted. I think the sacrifices shown give ammo to the thought that this was indeed the "greatest generation". A must read for anyone who enjoys accurate historical writing

  • Christina Dudley
    2018-11-22 09:52

    Reading this history of the American Revolution (the actual war bit of it) made me realize I knew almost squat about it. Bunker Hill and Yorktown and--Ticonderoga isn't just a pencil company?Fascinating cast of characters and even some funny bits, like when DeGrasse called Washington "mon cher petit general" bc he was a couple inches shorter.The book also made me grateful to the French for their assistance, and Lafayette's visit in 1824 is quite moving.Worth the read, although I wouldn't recommend it on a Kindle because you can't see the maps properly.

  • Victoria
    2018-10-31 08:36

    Won via goodreadsI had not read a history book since i got my degree learned a lot however the books style changed so much I had difficulty following it at times. The book had a bit of conjecture and fluff to make the book longer but it was well researched .it may not have been a good book for a novice on the subject like myself to start with i was expecting more information about the men then the battles. i still liked it.

  • Robyn
    2018-10-26 01:38

    Excellent book that I recommend to history geeks and teachers along with anyone who enjoys history. I received a copy but had to wait for my husband, who grabbed it first, to finish it. Not only was it enjoyable, but it offered great illustrations to share with my history students. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Paul Ward
    2018-11-06 06:30

    Awesome book!Loved reading this book. Very well done and had turning the pages to see what would happen next! I would recommend this book to anyone looking for concise knowledge of the well known and not so well known heroes of the revolutionary war.

  • Aloysius
    2018-11-09 05:50

    A quick book that sees the Revolutionary War through the eyes of the young officers and generals who, with precious little military experience beforehand, had to hold their own against the great military superpower of the day.

  • Matthew Sparling
    2018-11-16 03:32

    A very good book for someone with a novice knowledge of the American Revolutionary War. For someone more knowledgable, like myself, it is a fun read without any new information besides the sparse crumb or two. I gave it 4 stars because as I said, for the novice it is a good book.

  • Fred
    2018-11-09 09:30

    As historical accounts of the American Revolution go, this one is very good thanks to Kelly's sense of brevity and careful use of detail. Will the average History Buff learn anything new here? Probably not. But the journey is an enjoyable one. Recommended.

  • Robin
    2018-11-18 08:28

    An excellent book about the heroes of the American Revolution that is not told the the classroom. Anyone with an interest in how are nation was forged by ordinary people should read this book.