The First American Army

The First American Army

by Bruce Chadwick
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First American Army 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
warpig3 More than 1 year ago
Bruce Chadwick's book is full of first hand accounts of the struggle of Washington and his army. The book which is full of accounts by the soldiers themselves, the heart and soul of the Army. And it is through their eyes that the story of the Revolution is told. The book goes from the begining of the war at Lexington and Concord, to the surrender at Yorktown and discharge from the Army. For those interested in the Revolution this is a different outlook of the tradtional story of the Revolution. If you are interested in how the every day soldier than this book is the one for you. It's easy to read and at times heart breaking in the suffering and miseray of the enlisted soldiers. I reccomd this book to anyone by the esteemed historian Bruce Chadwick.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended for those interested in military history or simply the human condition. Times, technology, and issues change, but people facing danger fighting for their country or cause remain the same over the centuries. The Continental Army soldier of the revolution is basically the same GI of WW II, the grunt of Vietnam, and the soldiers putting it on the line in Iraq and Afghanistan. This bok will help people realize this fact.
Brainylainy More than 1 year ago
A very readable and detailed account of the Revolutionary War I read a fair amount of history, centering on The Civil War and WWII. I've read some histories of the war for Independence, but apparently not enough. This showed me how ignorant I was about that war. Knowing about Valley Forge, Betsy Ross and crossing the Delaware doesn't begin to tell the amazing story of how a ragtag army of settlers defeated the mightiest country of the 18th century. I also learned about the Black regiments who fought for our independence although their brethren were cruelly enslaved in "The Land of the Free"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book does not follow one individual, but makes use of the letters and diaries of several people to give the reader a feel for the progress of the war from a non-command standpoint. We tend to forget the length of the War, and the constantly changing battle areas. We also like to end the War in a neat fashon at Yorktown. The author is able to humanize the long conflict, and point out the length of the war. Sadly he skips over very quickly the contributions of the Armies in the Southern States, one area that would have given the book five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great way to tell the story of the revolution, through the journals and experiences of those that actually fought in the war. The only drawback is that some of the people that fought in this war were far more interesting than some of the others. I found myself racing through parts of this book while crawling through others. The good outweighs the bad in the end. If your looking for Benedict Arnold stories, there are a few good ones in here. I feel the author could have revisited him during his downfall towards treason to make this book even more interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and well written book about the PEOPLE that fought in the revolution. It's hard to believe the participants suffered so much and received so little thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, gives a lot of details - makes one feel you are right in the center of our history!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read! I loved this book I'm usally not one for history but I couldn't put this book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For history "buffs" great reading!!!
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He watched the aprentices fight and scuffle. When it was over he said to Flamingpaw. "You need to keep your balance. Keep your weight low,and strike with only 1 paw at a time. And strike fast. That will keep you on balance much better."
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This book features a more personal account of the Continental Army than I have read previously. The sufferings & deprivations of the army are made real. You can empathize with the squalid conditions of those suffering from smallpox or those encamped at Valley Forge. The battle descriptions are general so as not to bore the reader with minutia yet giving the battles a personal touch. The narrative is free-flowing and makes for an easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well went school today and at 12:20 my friend came to my school and suprised me he just got home he did so much for this country and i am glad to see him ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!! Hes a good man
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Interesting, informative, and well written. A must for history buffs.
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