Battlegrounds of Freedom: A Historical Guide to the Battlefields of the War of American Independence

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  • ISBN-13: 9780966619676
  • Publisher: BUSCA, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Pages: 241
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2005

    The History Behind the Tourist Sites

    Battlegrounds for Freedom offers concise and understandable narratives of the military operations that took place at the sites covered in the book. For each site, driving directions, Web sites, and other information for visitors are included. This book is not just for armchair historians. The author, himself a Revolution-era re-enactor, has structured the book so as to provide the maximum encouragement for readers to get out there and visit the battlefields (even road maps are included) and to experience at least a little of the soldiers' experiences. A short chapter explains the lure of re-enacting, and tells how a person interested in trying it can get started. For those who don't have enough free weekends to become re-enactors, a listing of published books and diaries is given at the end of the chapter, and reading these would give an idea what life was like for soldiers of this period. The battle write-ups are concise, but accurate, and most of the military actions are placed in context with other battles and historical incidents, so that the overall strategy and flow of events during the Revolution can be discerned.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005

    What a terrific book on the American Revolution!

    I do not often enjoy reading historical guide books but, Desmarais's book is unique. In addition to the descriptions of the battles and sites, illustrated with websites maps and pictures, he offers the personal, intimate view of the people and events of the American revolution. His engaging writing style draws you into the story. I could not put it down the night I received mine. 'Battlegrounds of Freedom' is one of the best books of this genre that I've ever read and I've read quite a few as a military history junkie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2005

    History Coming Alive

    Norm Desmarais brings Revolutionary War history alive. His short discriptions of incidents and locations triggers ones interest in events which many of us have some knowledge. He also provides a starting point to look at other incidens and locations which have played a role in our history. By including the web sites for locations, he has allowed this reader to explore sites which I may unfortately never visit. I am able to Re-Live history if only through my computer.

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