In his book, Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, Nathaniel Philbrick takes us back to the early events that shaped American’s War for Independence. Philbrick concentrates the narrative on the actions in and around the city of Boston as the colonists begin the first steps in severing ties with the mother country. Beginning with the Boston Tea Party and progressing to the first major battle of Bunker Hill, or Breeds Hill, the author weaves an engaging tale that makes this historic event come to life.
Bunker Hill is irresistible for any American History fan. Its well-written prose read like an action-packed novel. The cornerstone battle is preceded by the up-start colonists matching wits with Crown and Parliament in a game of political maneuvering, leading to fascinating intrigue. In addition, the city of Boston becomes a character in itself as only a native New-Englander can portray it.
There is one major weakness throughout Bunker Hill, and that is Philbrick’s own bias. Though it seems slight at first, it grows stronger as the narrative reaches its conclusion. He seems dismissive of the contributions and character of certain founding fathers such as Dr. Joseph Warren and General George Washington. These individuals are far from perfect, but Philbrick seems reticent to give them their rightful due. If the readers keep this in mind, they still might find Bunker Hill an interesting read.
I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.