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Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution


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Nathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, brings his prodigious talents to
the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution.

Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range
from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts
residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and
Concord. In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in
siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the
Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.

Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of the story. He finds new characters, and new facets to familiar
ones. The real work of choreographing rebellion falls to a thirty-three year old physician named Joseph Warren who
emerges as the on-the-ground leader of the Patriot cause and is fated to die at Bunker Hill. Others in the cast include
Paul Revere, Warren’s fiancé the poet Mercy Scollay, a newly recruited George Washington, the reluctant British
combatant General Thomas Gage and his more bellicose successor William Howe, who leads the three charges at Bunker Hill
and presides over the claustrophobic cauldron of a city under siege as both sides play a nervy game of brinkmanship for
control.

With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape—geographic and ideological—in a mesmerizing
narrative of the robust, messy, blisteringly real origins of America.

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