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Lexington and Concord: The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution

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"Tourtellot's book is the best account we have of the day of Lexington and Concord. The actions of each individual who played a conspicuous part in the day's work are minutely traced but Mr. Tourtellot never loses the main thread of his narrative and the wealth of detail he has included gives substance and color to an exciting story."— J. C. Miller, New York Herald Tribune ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 17th 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1959)
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Feb 10, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
Lexington and Concord by Arthur Tourtellot provides an in-depth look at the skirmishes that started the American Revolution and the forces that were responsible for bringing them about. Never going into voluminous detail, but still keeping an agile view of how the events are interconnected, the reader gets a great view of how the events of the revolution were pushed forward by the Sons of Liberty. Despite the conciliatory nature of Gage and the British up until the point of the battles; it would ...more
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Apr 30, 2013 Jacqui N rated it really liked it
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In April1775 Patriot Sam Adams felt the revolutionary movement had reached a stalemate, and realized that he would have to wait for an event to change the feelings of the people. On April 19, 1775 Governor General Thomas Gage sent a regiment of 700 plus British soldiers to march to Concord to seize and destroy hidden ammunition and other military stores of the colonists. On the way they were to arrest Sam Adams and John Hancock, chief rabble rousers and antagonists for the revolutionary cause. ...more
Terese Peterson
Jun 21, 2013 Terese Peterson rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book on the beginning of the Revolutionary War. As a non-history reader, I am addicted now to American History. Our history is so rich and exciting. We seldom approach this subject as a great story, but it is one of the best.
Joshua Horn
Aug 18, 2015 Joshua Horn rated it it was ok
This book gives an account of Lexington and Concord from an interesting perspective - beginning with the patriot movement in the town of Lexington itself. It has plenty of primary sources regarding the battle, and it has some interesting points in the aftermath. But overall, I think Fisher's Paul Revere's Ride is much better. I had two issues I with this book. First was Tourtellot's frequent and vigorous denunciations of the Calvinism and Puritanism of New England. The other was the way he ...more
Christian Robertson
Jan 25, 2014 Christian Robertson rated it really liked it
I normally don't care for book about singular battles (I know this was technically two different battles, but they have always been lumped together as one), but this book was pretty good. Usually books about singular battles get too heavily into lists of soldiers, the weapons they were using, the provisions they had, the positions they were in, etc, and not enough on the events leading up to the battle, and the long-term effects the battle ended up having. This book has a perfect balance of ...more
May 05, 2010 Lynne rated it it was amazing
Absorbing, fast-paced account of the battle at Lexington and Concord and interesting details about Sam Adams, John Hancock and the everyday people of Lexington and Concord. This book was recommended to me and at first I wasn't sure if I'd like it. But once I started reading it, I could hardly put it down. My appetite has been whetted for more books on the Founders and American history in general.

"Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they want a war, let it begin here."
Captain John Parker

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Apr 23, 2013 Leif Herrgesell rated it it was amazing
This book was also published under the title "William Diamonds Drum". Excellent research, fascinating story about a critical day in American history. Highly recommend it especially to teachers and patriots. Combine this with "John Adams" by David McCullough and you have a phenomenal foundation for the War of Independence.
May 21, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
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Highly recommend as an introduction and backdrop to the American Revolution. Clearly lays out what happened at Lexington and Concord, why it happened and the effect it had on starting the Amercian Revolution.
Carlos Madden
Nov 10, 2014 Carlos Madden rated it liked it
Good quick book for those wanting to know just a little more about these events commonly glossed over in history classes, but far from an in depth total, academic review.
Jan 22, 2013 Roger rated it it was amazing
It is so important to remember the birth of the United States and the attendant ideals. This was a great book, not just to remember, but to learn details most textbooks don't mention.
Dec 19, 2007 Amelie rated it really liked it
Unexpectedly entertaining - and this from someone who was always fascinated with the American Revolution.
Mike Martin
Jan 02, 2010 Mike Martin rated it liked it
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A really good exploration of the cultural climate in New England prior to the shot heard 'round the world.
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The REAL story of the events that took place here.
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