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Bill O'Reilly's Legends & Lies

The Patriots

Book - 2016
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The American Revolution was neither inevitable nor a unanimous cause. It pitted neighbours against each other, as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures. These were the times that tried men's souls: no one was on stable ground and few could be trusted. Through the fascinating tales of the first Americans, Legends and Lies: The Patriots reveals the contentious arguments that turned friends into foes and the country into a warzone. From the riots over a child's murder that led to the Boston Massacre to the suspicious return of Ben Franklin, the "First American;" from the Continental Army's first victory under George Washington's leadership to the little known southern Guerilla campaign of "Swamp Fox" Francis Marion, and the celebration of America's first Christmas, The Patriots recreates the amazing combination of resourcefulness, perseverance, strategy, and luck that led to this country's creation. Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that brings this important history to vivid life, and told in the same fast-paced, immersive narrative as the first Legends and Lies, The Patriots is an irresistible, adventure-packed journey back into one of the most storied moments of our nation's rich history.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627797894
Branch Call Number: 973.30922 Fis
Characteristics: ix, 310 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), maps (some colour) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: O'Reilly, Bill


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May 29, 2019

A very interesting book about the American Revolution, not so much about the war but about the people involved. I was especially intrigued by the introduction of people that played prominent roles but never got mentioned in regular history books. Case in point: Henry Knox - G. Washington's go-to man when he need the impossible accomplished ASAP. Knox was 6'5" tall and weighed 250 pounds, bigger and taller than Washington. Always at Washington's side, but ignored by history. The book takes you from the seeds of discontent with the rule of G. Britain through the war, and afterwards the Louisiana purchase. If you like history, you will really like this book.

An excellent follow-on to this book is, 1812 by Walter Borneman

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