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Bruce Bliven (1916–2002)

Author of The American Revolution

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About the Author

Bruce Bliven Jr. was a prolific writer of popular books and magazine articles on a broad range of subjects. Bliven began his career as a newspaper reporter and later wrote for several national magazines, including LIFE and the New Yorker. During World War II, he was a lieutenant in the 29th show more Division field artillery and took part in the D-Day landings in Normandy. Following the war, he resumed his writing career and wrote more than a dozen books for adults and children, most of them on United States history. Bliven died at his home in Manhattan in 2002, at age 85. show less

Works by Bruce Bliven

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The Reader's Digest Teen-Age Treasury: Four Volumes (1957) — Contributor — 18 copies
Endeavor (1957) — Contributor — 13 copies
The New republic anthology, 1915:1935 (1936) — Introduction — 6 copies

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Canonical name
Bliven, Bruce
Birthdate
1916-01-31
Date of death
2002-01-02
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Places of residence
New York, New York, USA
Education
Harvard University (1937)

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In the American colonies of the 1770s, people were fed up with British laws. Local farmers and tradesmen secretly formed a militia. In 1775, when the British marched into Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, the Americans were ready. From that first battle to the final showdown at Yorktown, the Americans fought against tremendous odds. The British army was bigger and better trained. Food and guns were scarce. But George Washington's ragged army fought for and won the freedom and independence we cherish to this day. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs, the tale of our country's fight for independence is brought to life in fast-moving, dramatic detail.… (more)
 
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PlumfieldCH | 1 other review | May 8, 2024 |
Intended for younger readers, this volume gives a concise overview of the June 6, 1944 invasion of France by Allied Forces. Includes photos of some of the action. The author provides information about the training of the troops and the many obstacles that had to overcome in just a couple of years of planning and preparation.

He includes many first hand accounts of individual heroism especially of American troops. The British and Canadian contributions are given one chapter. The author was there on June 6 so he is describing what he experienced.… (more)
 
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lamour | 1 other review | Mar 18, 2016 |
First: This book is for the rabid bibliophile only. It's essentially a time-capsule; an article from 1973 converted into a tidy book form in 1975. It offers a glimpse into the back-end of what the book world used to (and to some degree, I suppose, still does look like.)

What I found most interesting was the statements made about how the industry would not change in the future. Apparently, the author never saw the Internet, print on demand publishing, and Amazon.com coming. Then again, who can fault him for that, in 1973?

Sadly, the things bemoaned in the work - specifically the overlooking of excellent books due to time constraints on the part of reviewers, salespersons, etc. - are still prevalent today. How many amazing books are either never published, or are never 'discovered'? Conversely, how many pablum-spewing authors ARE made household names, a the expense of these potential treasures?
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HeathDAlberts | Sep 14, 2014 |
A Short but informative book about the British landings in the New York area in September 1776. They held the city until the evacuation in 1782. Bliven went to military school and was an artilleryman in WWII, and his comments are interesting.
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DinadansFriend | Feb 16, 2014 |

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