Paul Revere's Ride (2020)

Paul Revere s Ride Paul Revere s midnight ride is a legendary event in American history yet it has been largely ignored by scholars and left to patriotic writers and debunkers Now one of the foremost American historian
  • Title: Paul Revere's Ride
  • Author: David Hackett Fischer
  • ISBN: 9780195088472
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Paul Revere's Ride
    Paul Revere s midnight ride is a legendary event in American history yet it has been largely ignored by scholars, and left to patriotic writers and debunkers Now one of the foremost American historians offers the first serious study of this event what led to it, what really happened, what followed uncovering a truth remarkable than the many myths it has inspirePaul Revere s midnight ride is a legendary event in American history yet it has been largely ignored by scholars, and left to patriotic writers and debunkers Now one of the foremost American historians offers the first serious study of this event what led to it, what really happened, what followed uncovering a truth remarkable than the many myths it has inspired In Paul Revere s Ride, David Hackett Fischer has created an exciting narrative that offers new insight into the coming of the American Revolution From research in British and American archives, the author unravels a plot that no novelist would dare invent a true story of high drama and deep suspense, of old fashioned heroes and unvarnished villains, of a beautiful American spy who betrayed her aristocratic British husband, of violent mobs and marching armies, of brave men dying on their doorsteps, of high courage, desperate fear, and the destiny of nations The narrative is constructed around two thematic lines One story centers on the American patriot Paul Revere the other, on British General Thomas Gage Both were men of high principle who played larger roles than recent historiography has recognized Thomas Gage was not the Tory tyrant of patriot legend, but an English Whig who believed in liberty and the rule of law In 1774 and 1775, General Gage s advice shaped the fatal choices of British leaders, and his actions guided the course of American events Paul Revere was than a simple artizan, as his most recent biographer described him fifty years ago The author presents new evidence that revolutionary Boston was a world of many circles complex than we have known Paul Revere and his friendJoseph Warren ranged widely through those circles than any other leaders They became the linchpins of the Whig movement On April 18th, 1775, Paul Revere played that role in a manner that has never been told before He and William Dawes were not the only midnight riders to ca
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    1. Fischer describes how ordinary citizens rose up against the British army to begin the American Revolution Paul Revere, a Boston silversmith, was one of many who served as messengers to warn the people of the royal army s movement enabling the colonists to secure their weapons and organize resistance General Thomas Gage, the British forces Commander in Chief and Royal Governor of Massachusetts, wanted to avoid conflict, but could not tolerate the defiance of his authority He recognized many of th [...]

    2. I wish that David Hackett Fisher wrote a book about every subject I was interested in He writes the way my mind works following every rabbit down its hole and yet finds a way of not loosing track of what he s talking about in the midst of all that exploration He flushes out his subjects and events so completely that you can see them from angles you ve never looked at them before, which makes his approach holistic in a way very few history books are.Paul Revere s Ride is no exception to this asse [...]

    3. This book provides a rock solid biography of Paul Revere focused around his famous Midnight Ride that set the stage for America s Revolutionary War Author David Hackett Fischer provides a vivid historical account that deviates from simplistic popular myth and his story grasps ones attention just as much Revere did not possess the power of Santa Claus to touch every home and community northwest of Boston in areas such as Carlisle, Acton and Wayland Rather the heroic messenger for freedom had valu [...]

    4. I love it when a book is well organized This one started with some brief background on Paul Revere and General Gage, and then went through an extremely detailed yet not at all tiresome play by play of the ride of April 18, 1775 Then, an interlude for some information about the state of the militias at that time, followed by another extensive outline, this time of the Lexington and Concord battles, and retreat to Boston on April 19 You get a great sense of Paul Revere s personality the man who ne [...]

    5. David Hackett Fischer strips myth from history in Paul Revere s Ride All sorts of fables, poems, and stories have been written about the event, which has become embedded in American culture Any school child can tell at least something of the midnight ride and the lanterns Fischer s book is the first scholarly treatment in two hundred years He has discovered all sorts of information that make Revere a much seminal participant in the Revolution than had previously been suspected.One reason for hi [...]

    6. I read this book in graduate school quite some time ago, but I still remember it as being one that I was fascinated with It is amazing how little we actually know about Paul Revere His importance to the Revolution goes far beyond the Midnight Ride He was a major player in the Boston rebellion and one of the great organizers of the Committees of Correspondence This book details Revere s life and also goes into the specifics of the Midnight Ride and the entire events around Lexington and Concord W [...]

    7. A thoughtful, lavishly detailed, and very deeply researched book that performs several functions It s a halfway decent biography of Revere himself, and of his principal adversary, Thomas Gage More importantly, the author maps out the network of Revolutionary societies to which Revere belonged, and which helped sustain the imperial resistance movement in Boston Fischer also describes the system of communications and alarms which connected the rebels in occupied Boston to the rebel controlled town [...]

    8. I read this book at a time that I had time to enjoy it as I was home on doctor s orders in 1999 This is a scholarly work that delves into the opinions, thinking, historical documents, actions, etc of the American people and leaders during the build up towards war with Great Britain, what became a war for independence The book isn t just a stiring account of Paul Revere s ride, but so much I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking better understanding of the forces and heroic people that sh [...]

    9. I am a huge fan of American Revolutionary War history and particularly Boston s role Maybe I am a little biased living in Lexington and having lived in Boston and all This book does a good job of setting the record straight about a lot of the events that led up to the revolution I had no idea that Lexington and Concord almost happened a few months early in Marblehead and Salem I never truly understood why Paul Revere was so celebrated even though he never alerted Concord of the Regulars Fischer [...]

    10. A good, short overview of the lead up to the battles of Lexington and Concord, the battles themselves, and their significance in beginning the war of revolution against British rule For a person like me whose knowledge of The Revolution is poor, this book serves as a decent primer.As to Paul Revere s role in all of this I had heard a lot of revisionist history lately about how Paul Revere never made his famous ride But as this book makes clear, this bit of revisionism is only partially true, and [...]

    11. David Hacket Fischer has sometimes been described as the smart man s David McCullough , a term that I don t particularly care for While Fischer writes in a traditional academic style than McCullough, both are fantastic story tellers Fischer tells the story of Paul Revere and the events of April 18 19, 1775 as part of larger chain of events that was unfolding across both North America and Europe He paints men and women who have choice and who are acting as reasonable people, who are living in un [...]

    12. This is the kind of book that I would write, and that s both good and bad The first third of the book was a biographical sketch of Paul Revere, which I really enjoyed 5 stars The problem was that I was expecting the entire book to be about Revere, and I found myself bored by the rest of the book, which is essentially a blow by blow replay of the events of Lexington and Concord 2 stars.Fischer isn t retelling the story of Lexington and Concord merely for the sake of doing so, though He goes into [...]

    13. From beginning to end, this is one of the better history books that I have ever read Fischer explained in the introduction that most tales about Paul Revere and his famous ride tend to be either ones of idolatry or debunking The truth is even stranger Revere did make the ride, he was not alone, he was an important member of the colonial resistance, and he had made other important rides in the years leading up to the famous one of 1775 Fischer also gives a sympathetic portrait of the British comm [...]

    14. David Hackett Fischer is one of my favorite authors, and he does not disappoint here Most people know about Paul Revere and the events surrounding the British attack on Lexington and Concord through the famous Longfellow poem Fischer takes you into those events with Revere as the central figure With a riveting writing style Fischer does what very few can doke a book on American history a real page turner An excellent look at a Revolutionary famous later than at the time, but who nevertheless pr [...]

    15. This is fine history, detailed and scholarly but lively and exciting I know the Boston area a bit and the places are familiar even as the culture of those days is very different from our own These folks are not like us they are better Nicely illustrated and printed, this book is a worthy piece of Americana Try a little patriotism, why doncha

    16. Excellently written and researched book on Paul Revere Makes you rethink what we always thought we knew about the man and his fabled lone ride.He was much involved and an integral part of why the Americans were as prepared as they were for the British.If you like History you will love this book.

    17. Perhaps the best nonfiction I ve read in a very, very long time Thoroughly engaging, covering the well tread topic of pre war Boston, without telling the same story I ve read over and over again Ingenious to follow the journeys of both Revere and Gage Excellent read.

    18. Growing up in the area I knew about the famous story but had no idea how big of an impact revere had in the early days of the revolution A must read if you want to learn about the revolution

    19. I d seriously disliked another history book by Fischer, so I started this one with a few reservations, and it didn t help that on the second page of the intro, the author started complaining about how multiculturalism and political correctness were negatively affecting American history scholarship, ending with this oh so charming sentence As this volume goes to press the only creature less fashionable in academe than the stereotypical dead white male, is a dead white male on horseback I almost p [...]

    20. This is a great example of microhistory taking one event and analyzing the crap out of it.Fischer is simply the best at this, not only because of his comfortable, conversational writing, but because of the way he offers extensive notes and appendices He even offers a historiography along with the bibliography and index.His Washington s Crossing holds up better as a dramatic retelling of a critical moment in American history, but the strength of this book is really in describing Boston and the Re [...]

    21. This book contains so much than is implied by the title It is a fairly comprehensive account of the events leading up to the outbreak of the American Revolution in Massachusetts In addition to a biographical sketch of Paul Revere, details of the intricate intelligence and post network of which he was a central figure, and the story of the midnight ride, it covers everything from General Gage s overall strategy to tactical actions of the Minutemen in action at Lexington and Concord The book does [...]

    22. In Paul Revere s Ride, David Hackett Fischer peels away layers of legend that have collected around the famous Colonial Patriot Paul Revere and his late night ride to warn the inhabitants of Lexington and Concord, Mass that British troops were marching from Boston to seize their gunpowder and weapons In doing so, Fischer manages not to reduce Revere but to enhance him, and the entire Patriot cause with him Following the method he used to such wonderful effect in his excellent Washington s Crossi [...]

    23. I read this book as a recommendation from my uncle who loves history I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this read I really appreciated the lack of bias opinions towards the New Englanders, and how they instead told the story as it was, with both sides having respectable and brash men This was easy to read, unlike many historical books I ve read, and covers the stories of than just Revere, extending to the British General Gage and other Regular commanders, to the statistics of th [...]

    24. Having read this on the tails of finishing Esther Forbes biography of Revere, I was a little bored at first i quickly became taken by the details Fischer includes about British General Gage, his probably spy wife, and the perspective of the British soldiers This was less a biography to me and Revolutionary War history with aspects of Revere s life events dispersed through the narrative, but I greatly enjoyed it It is a short, easy read about a third of the book is appendices and index that I re [...]

    25. Another outstanding monograph from Dr Fischer Shorter than Albion s Seed, by far, but you already know that Fischer does well in transporting one to the time period in question, enriching one s understanding through detailed, yet sprightly descriptions, observations, and regalia throughout the narrative This particular book is eye opening, since it expands one s understanding of Revere s mythical ride, while shedding some additional insight into the other side s cast of characters, interests, an [...]

    26. I read this book years ago, but two things have stuck 1 music sends a message and 2 the message one wants to deliver will be listened to if the messenger is a joiner Before Lexington and Concord a British soldier was punished for selling his uniform He was paraded through the streets to a fife tune that alerted the public of his crime Paul Revere was known throughout Boston because he joined up several different committees and was a tradesman The other guy who rode Dawes was a member of the aris [...]

    27. An outstanding work of historical scholarship Every part of this book was extraordinarily well done, from the historiographical description of the approach of researching and presenting the account, to its reading as a novel, to the extensive citing of sources It was enjoyable to read not easy to do with historical nonfiction An especially unique touch was a title of the topic of each facing pages.

    28. Fast paced, gripping, riveting Jam packed with historical facts and yet funny The lead up to the War for Independence was a country folk network of cooperation, resistance, excitement The British themselves were principled, judicious, and yet severe than is often told This book is simply fantastic.

    29. Just having started reading a tall pile of Revolutionary War books, read Washington s Crossing, so had to follow it up with another book by Hackett Fischer Very easy to follow and a fascinating read about Paul Revere and his colleagues and the battles at Lexington and Concord.

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