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The First American Army: The Untold Story of George Washington and the Men Behind America's First Fight for Freedom

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  120 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
This is the first book that offers a you-are-there look at the American Revolution through the eyes of the enlisted men. Through searing portraits of individual soldiers, Bruce Chadwick, author of George Washington's War, brings alive what it was like to serve then in the American army.
With interlocking stories of ordinary Americans, he evokes what it meant to face brutal
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Hardcover, 399 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Sourcebooks (first published 2005)
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Eppie
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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5 stars for our badass citizen soldiers, minus one star for the authors presentation. Chadwick skips around the timeline so much it detracts from the subject matter. This was a decent overview of the entire war, and gave me some interesting threads to follow for further reading.
Artie
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would have been five with better editing. I also think that maps would have been very helpful. It does do a good job of explaining what life was like for Revolutionary War foot soldiers; and I really enjoyed the account of using sleds to attack Staten Island, during the only time that New York Harbor froze over.
Lee
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book tells the story of the Revolutionary War thru the eyes of the common soldier. It follows the battles and the trials faced by the common soldier. The dangers like starvation, smallpox dysentery and other items that affected them.
John Reas
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well done!
Elaine
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow! Chadwick, using the journals of ordinary soldiers in the Revolution, takes us back in time. We see, hear, and feel vividly what went on. It was like alternating between M.A.S.H and Glory. Yes, the African American Regiment from Rhode Island is given its due, with 2 chapters devoted to it and its phenomenal bravery in holding off the superior British forces in Newport, RI.

A Robert Altman wannabe could have a ball making this into a movie. The Americans were a randy bunch. In staid Boston, so
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Hilmi Isa
Buku ini merupakan sebuah buku sejarah mengenai Peperangan Kemerdekaan Amerika Syarikat 1775-1783. Namun demikian,apa yang menariknya mengenai buku ini adalah fokus utama diberikan kepada pengalaman yang dirasai oleh anggota-anggota tentera/militia biasa. Bukannya mereka yang berpangkat tinggi dan ternama. Penulis menjadikan diari,jurnal dan surat mereka yang terlibat di dalam peperangan tersebut sebagai rujukannya.
Jason  Schoenleber
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An incredible history of the first continental army told through the diaries and accounts of the people who fought in it. From a doctor, to a farmer, minister, and 17 yr old who all were inspired to join the American Revolution. There are times when the authors writing is not fantastic, but overall it is well put together.
Mike
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A nice look at the life and conditions of the soldier during the Revolutionary War. The writer wrote one chapter of the women during that time and basically called them all camp followers and whores. To me, it was a real drawback of the book and lowered the rating.
Emily
I honestly can't rate this book because I really could finish it. It just moved way to slow for me and if I'm going to read I need something that keeps my interest. Maybe I'll try again but not right now.
Brad Hart
Sep 15, 2007 rated it did not like it
Another crappy book by Bruce Chadwick. Stupid, boring, unoriginal, and crappy!
Jennifer Vichich
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great history lesson sans the romanticism.
Julie
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good general book for the American Revolution, but not to use for serious research.
Bryan Clagett
Decent and worth the time.
Jim
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Really enjoyed this book. I learned a great deal from it. The things they recorded were amazing. What a hard time it was for everyone.
Goatville9
Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Told from the perspective of individual soldiers provides a new spin on a well known conflict
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