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"Rick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn and two other masterly books about World War II, has long been admired for his unparalleled ability to write deeply researched, stunningly vivid narrative history. Now he turns his attention to a new war, and in the initial volume of the Revolution Trilogy he tells the story of the first twenty months of the bloody struggle to shake free of King George's shackles. From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, the ragtag Continental Army takes on the world's most formidable fighting force and gradually finds the will and the way to win. It is a riveting saga populated by singular characters: Henry Knox, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of how best to deploy artillery; Nathaniel Greene, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes one of America's greatest battle captains; Benjamin Franklin, the self-made man who proves himself the nation's greatest diplomat; George Washington, the commander-in-chief who learns the difficult art of leadership amid the fire and smoke of the battlefield. And the British are here, too: we see the war through their eyes and their gunsights, and as a consequence the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels is all the more compelling. Full of fresh details and untold stories, The British Are Coming gives stirring new life to the first act of our country's creation drama. It is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering. But once begun, the war for independence can have only one of two outcomes: death or victory."--Provided by publisher.… (més)
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Títol:The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy, 1)
Autors:Rick Atkinson (Autor)
Informació:Henry Holt and Co. (2019), Edition: Illustrated, 800 pages
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Excellent 'warts and all' look at the first two years of the American Revolution from a largely military history perspective.

It spends most of its time describing the campaigns of the war. The successes and failures on both sides. At the same time, it doesn't shy from telling the whole story. From the hypocrisy of freedom fighters often being slave holders, to the jealous infighting of some American leaders.

The author doesn't over-analyze or over-editorialize, but the perceptive reader can use the evidence presented to see how the British utterly failed to win the 'hearts and minds' of the Americans, despite the large number of loyalists they should have been able to call on. Repeatedly taking actions that merely alienate their allies and encourage neutrals to enter the rebel camp.
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  Fulminata | Apr 19, 2021 |
Rick Atkinson is a unique and valuable chronicler of American war. His Liberation Trilogy, covering America's military contributions to the western theater of World War II, was a fresh, landmark contribution to the historical record of that well-chronicled saga. This, the first installment of the Revolution Trilogy, brings the same meticulous research, elegant storytelling, and as in the Liberation Trilogy, a wealth of fresh sources that bring to life the players, from George III and George Washington to the rebel militiamen--largely farmers and tradesmen--and the British regulars--a peacetime army who found themselves transformed from occupation forces to war fighters on foreign soil. The period covered in this volume brings to life the wealth and grandeur of the British Empirical might, arrayed against the improvisational, fervent fire of the insurrectionists; detailing the mistakes, the defeats, and the triumphs of war, as well as the personal stories of loneliness, exposure, brutality, and raw bravery all the soldiers; a worthy contribution to the stories of our history. ( )
  dbeveridge | Mar 30, 2021 |
Very interesting book focusing on the first two years of the American Revolution, covering the period from Lexington and Concord to Trenton and Princeton. It very much focusses on the military aspect of the revolution, the politics is mentioned only in passing and only in conjunction with what was happening on the battlefields The siege of Boston, the British assault on New York, the failed American campaign in Canada and the failed British campaign in the Carolinas, and Washington's masterstroke in crossing the Delaware in winter and ending the British threat to Philadelphia are all covered in details, with the broader strokes of the campaigns and the personal battle experiences of individual commanders and soldiers all covered in detail. It cant be said the book is impartial, there is a subtle but detectable slant to the revolutionaries, and while Atkinson freely acknowledges British skill and bravery, the clear message is of a justified revolution against an overbearing and often brutal regime that succeeded because of the courage and determination of a largely non-professional army. Fascinating well-told by an expert writer. ( )
  drmaf | Dec 22, 2020 |
Well written telling of the political, economic, and military factors of this period. ( )
  addunn3 | Nov 22, 2020 |
After the excellent Liberation Trilogy, about the United States Army in the World War Two European theater, author Rick Atkinson started another, this time on the American Revolutionary War. This first volume covers the war from 1775 to 1777. More or less random comments follow:

One thing that impressed me was the importance of weather and disease on the war effort. Smallpox stopped the American invasion of Canada at the gates of Quebec, and Atlantic storms squelched a British expedition against the southern colonies. A “providential” – Washington’s word – freeze gave Washington’s army hard roads to march on and allowed a patriot victory at Princeton.

The old maxim that amateurs study tactics but professionals study logistics is also borne out; Washington’s troops were always woefully short of clothing, food, and ammunition.

Atkinson develops a theme I’ve read in other histories: British policy was adversely affected by the belief that there were many more Loyalist Americans than there actually were, but British actions, rather than supporting the Loyalists, succeeded in driving a lot of them and neutrals to the Revolutionary cause.

Much of the book focuses on personalities. Atkinson draws heavily on contemporary letters and accounts, from both sides. George Washington comes across as less than competent at first – getting a large part of his troops trapped on Long Island (although they mostly escaped across the East River) and later losing almost three thousand soldiers at Fort Washington and Fort Lee on the Hudson.

However, Washington redeemed himself in the Christmas crossing of the Delaware and defeat of Hessian troops in Trenton. Some of the other histories I’ve read have underplayed this – while acknowledging it was a boost to the Patriot cause, they portray it as a “stunt” – the defeat of a small unit of drunk and ill-prepared Germans. Atkinson notes this was actually the spin the British put on it to explain the defeat; in fact, Colonel Rall’s troops were adequately deployed and prepared; since Rall was killed in the action he became a convenient scapegoat, and the Germans captured or killed at Trenton were a substantial fraction of British troops in the colonies.

Meticulously referenced – the references and bibliography occupy about a quarter of the text. Excellent and clear maps of the campaigns and actions. Two plate sections, mostly portraits of the participants. An easy and interesting read. For other American Revolutionary War reviews, see The Long Fuse,The Road to Valley Forge, A Few Bloody Noses, Redcoats and Rebels. ( )
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The hour is fast approaching on which the honor and success of this army and the safety of our bleeding country depend. Remember, officers and soldiers, that you are freemen, fighting for the blessings of liberty.
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"Rick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn and two other masterly books about World War II, has long been admired for his unparalleled ability to write deeply researched, stunningly vivid narrative history. Now he turns his attention to a new war, and in the initial volume of the Revolution Trilogy he tells the story of the first twenty months of the bloody struggle to shake free of King George's shackles. From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, the ragtag Continental Army takes on the world's most formidable fighting force and gradually finds the will and the way to win. It is a riveting saga populated by singular characters: Henry Knox, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of how best to deploy artillery; Nathaniel Greene, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes one of America's greatest battle captains; Benjamin Franklin, the self-made man who proves himself the nation's greatest diplomat; George Washington, the commander-in-chief who learns the difficult art of leadership amid the fire and smoke of the battlefield. And the British are here, too: we see the war through their eyes and their gunsights, and as a consequence the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels is all the more compelling. Full of fresh details and untold stories, The British Are Coming gives stirring new life to the first act of our country's creation drama. It is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering. But once begun, the war for independence can have only one of two outcomes: death or victory."--Provided by publisher.

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