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With his book The Boston Massacre, Hiller B. Zobel presents a masterful piece of reasoned, historical research to dispel one of the great myths surrounding the beginnings of the American Revolution. Zobel writes, "The Boston Massacre, in short, is a part, not only of our national history, but of our national mythology. ...Not the least of the Massacre's attractions as an object of historic contemplation is the speed with which the men of 1770 (on both sides of the Atlantic and both sides of the ...more
This excellent book gives a detailed account of the Boston Massacre, before and after, especially the trial, more wide ranging than any book I have found on the subject. Better still, it is written in such a way that after reading it, I feel I have a complete grasp on what happened throughout and what the soldiers and townspeople were living with. Best of all, it is well written and easy to follow and to comprehend. For anyone who wants to know what happened during the night of the Massacre, wha ...more
Great look at the Boston Massacre. Zobel's legal experience really shows as he dissects the various trials afterwards and the legal arguments made by the players (including John Adams). This book is a little on the dense side (I'm reading it for research on a play that I'm writing), but he's got a great wit and really paints a picture of the tumultuous times leading up to the American Revolution. If you want a little extra depth in your knowledge of the start of the American experiment, this is ...more