A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier: Some Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of Joseph Plumb Martin [NOOK Book]

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With a new afterword by William Chad Stanley

Here a private in the Continental Army of the Revolutionary War narrates his adventures in the army of a newborn country.


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A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier: Some Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of Joseph Plumb Martin

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Overview

With a new afterword by William Chad Stanley

Here a private in the Continental Army of the Revolutionary War narrates his adventures in the army of a newborn country.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101442111
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 76,967
  • File size: 617 KB

Meet the Author

Thomas Fleming is a distinguished historian and the author of numerous critically acclaimed and bestselling novels. His masterpiece, The Officers’ Wives, was an international bestseller with over two million copies sold. His novels Time and Tide and Liberty Tavern were both New York Times bestsellers. He is also the author to the award-winning PBS mini-series Liberty! The American Revolution. A decade ago Fleming was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. He writes frequently for American Heritage Magazine and is contributing editor of the Quarterly Journal of Military History. His most recent non-fiction novel is Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Future of America. Thomas Fleming lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Was a privilege to read

    This young man sacrificed and placed his life on the line, this is why we have our freedoms today. Freedom is not free nor guaranteed, it must be earned. One should not be 'made' to read this book,you should read it,and appreciate his efforts.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    His story must be told!

    I have read many books on the American Revolution and this book has touched me in a way that no other book has. I rarely get emotional over a book, but this book nearly brought me to tears. This an amazing story and is 100% true! You won't find a book that is more detailed and as honest on a Revolutionary soldier's life than Joseph Plumb Martin. This is certainly one of my favorite books of all times. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in the American Revolution or even military history. Everyone should read this! This story must be known to great audience! That is why I plan to write a screenplay on his life. Mr. Martin deserves the honor of being introduced to the world as an orginal American citzen!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    History buffs will love this Book

    This book is a true look at the Revolutionary War and times through the eyes of an ordinary man. This man 'Joseph Plumb Martin 'was in the Continental Army from valley Forge to George Washingtons First major Victory at Monmoth. His insights and views through these times give you a true Idea of what it was like, and gives you an honest first person view of these very historical times.In fact most documentaries on Pbs or the history channel often use exerpts from this journal. If you are a history buff or just plain interested in The revolutionary war. This is a must Read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2003

    blast of the past

    The book takes place when Joseph PLumb Martin is a teenager. As well showing us a view of what it was like to be a soldier then it shows us a soldier who is so young it is in-describable to tell his story from your point of view

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2014

    Most - if not all - Revolutionary War books are written from the

    Most - if not all - Revolutionary War books are written from the perspective of the politicians or the generals on both sides. This, however, is not such a book. This book is an authentic account of a solider named Joseph Plumb Martin who wrote his memoirs years after his time in the Continental Army from his home in Maine.

    The detail given by Martin is full of information at life at the grunt level. The life at the bottom was usually harsher and more painful than that of the politicians and generals, flying bullets notwithstanding. Mostly, the suffering is about hunger and lack of other basic needs like clothing.

    Martin separates his narrative by campaigns (by year). This makes for easy reading. His style of writing includes many anecdotes - a lot of which are humorous. From reading the book, it's obvious that Martin possessed a droll sense of humor.

    The last chapter of the book is mostly Martin airing of his grievances against the Continental Army; most if not all of them legitimate. In my opinion, it somewhat takes away from the book as the tone turns rather bitter. However, that should not dissuade anyone from reading this book.

    BOTTOM LINE: An excellent read of life in the trenches of the Revolutionary War.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    American history for enjoyable reading

    I read and enjoy a lot of American history, from David McCullough through the spectrum. This was good stuff. Highly recommend for content and readability.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Traveling back in time!

    This was a fantastic window in time. A first hand account into what Revolutionary service life was like. No food, clothing or shelter when they camped. Marching in the snow with no shoes. Amazing what these men indured and still fought for the cause. A must read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Wonderful Read

    Brings the reader into the life of a revolutionary soldier. Discover the hardships, shenanigans, friendships, ideologies, and normalcy of an individual who lived over 250 years ago and fought for American independence. Though it is a fantastic read, it can become a bit dry. The vernacular and slang used in the late 1700s is different from present day and takes getting used to. I think it adds to the charm of the book though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

    One of the most boring books I've ever read.

    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE history. For my APUSH class we had to read 3 books. Both Common Sense and Autobiography of Frederick Douglass I pretty much ate alive, they were great books. But reading this book was grueling. The author explains everything in such extreme detail that after he spends 2 pages talking about his broken foot, when he bounces back to a previously mentioned battle or task, you have no idea what he's talking about. Absolutely one of the worst books I have ever read. Confusing and pointless.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    The book you should only read if...

    I found this book to to very boring. It was required to be read in one of my classes and is probably one of the most descriptive books I've ever read ( descriptive is not always the best) lol.... hey gerrit!!! hehe don't read it unless you are a very big history fan!!!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    not so good

    This was the most boring, grueling book that I have ever had to read. I literally forced my self because it was nessesary for school. I reccomend it for pathetic losers who have waaay too much free time on their hands. This book would probobly only be interesting if you were related to the author, otherwise...it's more boring than just doin nothing.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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