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Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots

by David Fisher

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The American Revolution was not inevitable, nor was it a unanimous cause. It pitted neighbors against one another, as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures. Through the remarkable lives of the first Americans, this book reveals the contentious arguments that turned friends into foes and the land into a war zone. From the riots over a child's murder that led to the Boston Massacre, to the Continental Army's first victory under George Washington's leadership, to the little-known Southern guerrilla campaign of "Swamp Fox" Francis Marion, to Benedict Arnold's audacious betrayal, David Fisher explores the amazing combination of resourcefulness, perseverance, strategy, and luck that resulted in the creation of a country that would go on to become the most powerful in the world. Despite the victory of the Revolution, the fight for democracy wasn't over. From the combat zone to Congress, it was a political battle as much as a physical one. With the patriots grappling to create a government, one for and by the people, the origin story of the United States of America was only starting to be written.--Adapted from dust jacket.… (more)
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An exciting and eye-opening look at the Revolutionary War through the lives of its leaders.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 5, 2021 |
What can you say about a book like this. American History light, as with all of Bill O'Reilly's books; interesting, fun, with little meat but enough to provide a good overview. While I am a history junky have never really read in-depth regarding the American Revolution expect for biographies of several of the founding-fathers. Reading this did pique my interest in several aspects and probably will lead to more specific reading regarding the period.

Would recommend this book to anyone who has even a passing curiosity regarding the American Revolution as it does hit most high points and reasonable inclusion of the more noteworthy participants. ( )
  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
dnf - picked this up on a road trip and tried to listen but only made it through the first cd and had to turn it off mid-way through the second because after Sarah Vowell's pilgrims and patriots these guys sound like they are droning on and on and on and on and only telling 1/10 of the stories of the times they present - you would think it should be impossible make something as exciting as the revolution and it's cast of characters boring but here you go . . . ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
Having recently read "Killing England" and "Hamilton", I found much of this information was repeated from those books. There were a few new stories that weren't covered in the other books. The basic premise seems to be taking legendary incidents and deciding if there is or is not historical evidence to support the legend. This book covers the founding fathers and incidents surrounding the Revolutionary War and the creation of the USA. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Dec 14, 2017 |
If you want a nice, somewhat succinct book on the founding fathers and the American Revolution, "Legends and Lies, The Patriots" is not a bad place to start. It covers the unrest that sparked the flame of the Revolution all the way to the Louisiana Purchase and the Hamilton/Burr duel. There are some wonderful photos and illustrations throughout.

Having not watched Bill O'Reilly's show of the same name, I expected this book to be categorized into "legends" and "lies." This was not the case. The bulk of the book covers the "legends"—those amazing men who banded together to form a nation. There are a few sections that could be called "lies" but they focus more on the fact that much of the topic at hand is unknown or unsubstantiated (like Betsy Ross sewing the first flag). This doesn't deter from the quality of the book, but it seems somewhat counter to the title. ( )
  Jarratt | Sep 3, 2016 |
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The American Revolution was not inevitable, nor was it a unanimous cause. It pitted neighbors against one another, as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures. Through the remarkable lives of the first Americans, this book reveals the contentious arguments that turned friends into foes and the land into a war zone. From the riots over a child's murder that led to the Boston Massacre, to the Continental Army's first victory under George Washington's leadership, to the little-known Southern guerrilla campaign of "Swamp Fox" Francis Marion, to Benedict Arnold's audacious betrayal, David Fisher explores the amazing combination of resourcefulness, perseverance, strategy, and luck that resulted in the creation of a country that would go on to become the most powerful in the world. Despite the victory of the Revolution, the fight for democracy wasn't over. From the combat zone to Congress, it was a political battle as much as a physical one. With the patriots grappling to create a government, one for and by the people, the origin story of the United States of America was only starting to be written.--Adapted from dust jacket.

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