For most of us the American Revolution is about Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, and George Washington led to the formation of the United States. Lost in this account is the interplay of ideologies and personalities that provoked a group of merchants, farmers, artisans, and sailors to take up arms against their own country. Philbrick reveals the growing tension that climaxed in June 1775 with the Battle of Bunker Hill, the first major and decisive battle of what became the American Revolution.
Philbrick is The New York Times bestselling author of National Book Award winner In the Heart of the Sea, Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower, Sea of Glory, and The Last Stand. He is also the author of Why Read Moby-Dick? and Away Off Shore. He lives on Nantucket.
Support for this lecture provided by the Society of Cincinnati. (added from Penguin)