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Decisive Day: The Battle for Bunker Hill

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  166 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Boston, 1775: A town occupied by General Thomas Gage's redcoats and groaning with Tory refugees from the Massachusetts countryside. Besieged for two months by a rabble in arms, the British decided to break out of town. American spies discovered their plans, and on the night of June 16, 1775, a thousand rebels marched out onto Charlestown peninsula and began digging a redou ...more
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Published May 15th 1999 by Holt Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1963)
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Michael L Jones
Nov 30, 2015 Michael L Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book with lots of great detail.

This is a good book as a follow up to the book I previously read by David Hackett Fischer about Paul Revere and the battle of Lexington and Concord. Though by a different author, the 2 books dovetail nicely as the battles around Boston moved to Bunker and Breed's hill in the summer of 1776 from the spring battle of Lexington and Concord. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is so much is written about this time I have little to compare it to to know
Sep 09, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing
This book was phenomenal. It should be used in school when teaching the American Revolution. It's a great start for the subject. I learned a LOT from reading it. (Which is sad, I should have learned a lot about the American Revolution in school. But I digress.)

The author isn't overly sensational, though it is obvious his sympathies lie with the Rebels, he is even-handed with his discussion of the British when discussing the individuals and the military planning and might they had to focus on th
David Olmsted
This is a detailed, well-balanced, and easy to read book that again shows why Richard Ketchum is a great historian. He puts the actual battle in the context of the larger campaign for Boston in which the British were forced to evacuate on St. Patrick's day (March 17) 1776. Ketchum presents the situation as seen by each of the main characters and then describes the decisions they took in response. The British General Thomas Gage is the tragic figure of this story story as he was put into an impos ...more
Jul 22, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
The best book ever written about the Battle of Bunker Hill. Towers over the more recent book "Bunker Hill" which spends only 15% of its time on the Battle of Bunker Hill. Stay away from Philbrick's book and pick up this one. Well written, insightful, and puts you into the heart of the battle!
Urey Patrick
Ketchum is absolutely the BEST writer/historian of the Revolutionary War period. Reads like a novel - incisive, delightful characterizations and anecdotes. Superb.
Robert Giambo
Feb 15, 2014 Robert Giambo rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
The author has written a short and very interesting history of the battle of bunker hill at the start of the American Revolution.
Joshua Horn
Aug 30, 2015 Joshua Horn rated it liked it
This book is lively and readable, and it gives a good summary of Bunker Hill. My only complaint is that Ketchum's style tends more towards descriptive narrative, without footnotes or really explaining where he got his information, or how reliable the sources were.
Jun 15, 2012 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lee by: I found it in a used book shop.
This is one of my favorite books. I rarely read a book more than once but I have read this one 3 times. Ketchum makes me feel like I am there.
Ms. Manz
This is a book for adults that is teaching me a lot about the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Jul 21, 2007 Patrick rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Brad
A concise of the battle and the events that led up to it.
Apr 11, 2008 Jack rated it it was amazing
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