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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

What an enlightening, educational read of American History!

We have always heard about the role of Paul Revere at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, but we probably have not heard his complete story. This book recounts that history to a very rich and full extent.

In this book, we get a glimpse of his past, including the...
We have always heard about the role of Paul Revere at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, but we probably have not heard his complete story. This book recounts that history to a very rich and full extent.

In this book, we get a glimpse of his past, including the arrival of his father from France. I had no idea that Paul's father was French. This book outlines Paul's history, from cradle to grave, and is replete with information regarding his active role within the Patriotic movement, most of which I am certain has not been taught previously.

Another aspect of this book that I found enlightening was another perspective of the oppressive tactics used by the English monarchy during this period, and the ways they justified their actions. Aspects of the various taxes and levies placed upon the American colony are illumined with new light, and from a new perspective.

I was so captivated by this book, only the need for sleep would prompt me to put it down. This book is written very well, and is quite easily read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a biography about what can now be understood as a man whose role was larger than realized, especially with respect to the Patriotic movement in Boston, MA.

I believe anyone who reads this book will be pleased!

posted by SpeedMuser on April 10, 2010

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Good account of Paul Revere's life

I enjoyed reading this account of Paul Revere's life. The book - The Revolutionary Paul Revere - does a good job of discussing the various stages in Paul's life, from his childhood years all the way to his death. It shows all of the various ways he was a part of the Ame...
I enjoyed reading this account of Paul Revere's life. The book - The Revolutionary Paul Revere - does a good job of discussing the various stages in Paul's life, from his childhood years all the way to his death. It shows all of the various ways he was a part of the American Revolution. You've undoubtedly heard of his famous midnight ride, but he was also involved in the Revolution in many other ways. He made many other rides during the Revolution years, delivering messages and important documents from one colony to another. Mr. Revere was also an expert engraver and goldsmith, and even dabbled in dentistry! One of the many things I learned about Paul Revere while reading this book is that he was part of the Continental Army during the Revolution.

As mentioned, I enjoyed reading this book. However, I think the recommendation shown on the front cover is a bit overstated - "Gallops along with all the drama and intrigue of a great novel." This is a good book, but it did not grab my attention and pull me in the way a great novel typically does.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

posted by Jesse37 on August 10, 2010

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  • Posted August 10, 2010

    Good account of Paul Revere's life

    I enjoyed reading this account of Paul Revere's life. The book - The Revolutionary Paul Revere - does a good job of discussing the various stages in Paul's life, from his childhood years all the way to his death. It shows all of the various ways he was a part of the American Revolution. You've undoubtedly heard of his famous midnight ride, but he was also involved in the Revolution in many other ways. He made many other rides during the Revolution years, delivering messages and important documents from one colony to another. Mr. Revere was also an expert engraver and goldsmith, and even dabbled in dentistry! One of the many things I learned about Paul Revere while reading this book is that he was part of the Continental Army during the Revolution.

    As mentioned, I enjoyed reading this book. However, I think the recommendation shown on the front cover is a bit overstated - "Gallops along with all the drama and intrigue of a great novel." This is a good book, but it did not grab my attention and pull me in the way a great novel typically does.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

    Educating and Entertaining

    For someone who has no knowledge of America's freedom struggle, "The Revolutionary Paul Revere', is fast paced biography that not only talks about one of the most important patriots but also educates the reader on the start of the American freedom struggle

    The focus of the novel is Paul Revere, who is probably most known for his role as the express rider, who on one very famous midnight ride , awoke every house from Boston to Lexington and informed them about the approaching red coats. The story starts from his birth of France and his move to Boston under the bounds of an apprenticeship. Paul Revere is an enterprising young man who not only excels in his craft as a silversmith but also manages to rise about his station and mingle with the gentlemen of his time. In his early youth, he gets involved with the masonic society in Boston and is soon participating in the local political meeting. These early years of iniitation ensure that he becomes a key participant in the freedom struggle at its peak
    I beleive that Joel Miller did a very good job of explaining Paul Revere role as a revolutionary, though, some more personal details and characterstics would have made for a more interesting reading. The best thing that I liked was how this book was a crash course in American history for me - Joe talks about the American freedom struggle as much as he talks about Paul's role in it. He captures very well the first notions of dissent among the populace as newly established towns thrived inspite the various colonial laws and regulations. I learned of many famous patriot names - Sam Adams, John Hancock - which may be common knowledge to most Americans. I will be reading more on who these people were and what they did.

    Joel Miller's writing style is simple and succinct. It never gets text-bookish. For me it was literally a page turner! However, as this book outlines a story almost 200 years old..use of slang language is jarring and out of place. I also feel that towards the end of the book, the writer has lost his steam and is trying to just finish off the last few chapters.

    This book was both educating and entertaining and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in history.

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