The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington
Paul Lockhart combines military and political history to offer a major reassessment of one of the most famous battles in American history.
One hot June afternoon in 1775, on the gentle slopes of a hill near Boston, Massachusetts, a small band of ordinary Americansfrightened but fiercely determineddared to stand up to a superior British force. The clash would be immortalized...more
Mistakes like these so early in the book make me distrust the material. The author should be embarrassed.
Paul Lockhart's book is a very interesting recounting of the Battle of Bunker Hill and the events surrounding the battle (from the initial confrontation with the British at Lexington and C ...more
Because the topic is as all-encompassing as it ever was, the author chooses to focus on the events leading up to and including the Battle of Bunker Hill, and how these early experiences led to the formation of a unified A ...more
The Whites of their Eyes provides a very good look at a time in American history that often gets little attention. This book focuses on the time between Lexington and Concord and the abandonment of Boston by the British at the start of the American Revolution. Paul Lockhart looks at the principle players of the story from American commanders Putnam, Ward, and Prescott to the British of Gage, Howe and Clinton and how they fought during the intervening time. The books primary focus is of course on ...more
Lockhart takes pains to explain that many long-held beliefs about the British redcoats are just that: in truth, the Bri ...more
I think the most amazing thing about the beginning of the USA is that it really was just average/normal people that started the uprising that turned into something so much more. In this book two armies struggled through figuring out war - the terr ...more
I am half a step away from being an outright pacifist, but I appreciate the magnitude of what the first American army did at the battle. Bunker hill was no militia reaction, it was a battle i ...more
I thought the author tried to add too much on after the battle. It wasn't bad information, it just seemed to be added on after the fact. My opinion is that it could have started a new book.
One of the best history books that makes the days come to life about
the American Revolution in Boston, how the British took Bunker Hill, and
how the American army began. Also we see George Washington rise to become
head of the army. THis is 1776.
First book I have read on the Revolutionary War. Paul Lockhart writes in a way that makes you feel you are there. Fascinating book on the first big battle of the war, before Washington was a general. What a loose band of militia did is amazing despite their faults. Great read.