Paul Revere's Ride / Edition 1

Paul Revere's Ride / Edition 1

by David Hackett Fischer
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Paul Revere's Ride / Edition 1

Paul Revere's midnight ride looms as an almost mythical 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 look at the events of the night of April 18, 1775—what led up to it, what really happened, and what followed—uncovering a truth far more remarkable than the myths of tradition.

In Paul Revere's Ride, David Hackett Fischer fashions an exciting narrative that offers deep insight into the outbreak of revolution and the emergence of the American republic. Beginning in the years before the eruption of war, Fischer illuminates the figure of Paul Revere, a man far more complex than the simple artisan and messenger of tradition. Revere ranged widely through the complex world of Boston's revolutionary movement—from organizing local mechanics to mingling with the likes of John Hancock and Samuel Adams. When the fateful night arrived, more than sixty men and women joined him on his task of alarm—an operation Revere himself helped to organize and set in motion. Fischer recreates Revere's capture that night, showing how it had an important impact on the events that followed. He had an uncanny gift for being at the center of events, and the author follows him to Lexington Green—setting the stage for a fresh interpretation of the battle that began the war. Drawing on intensive new research, Fischer reveals a clash very different from both patriotic and iconoclastic myths. The local militia were elaborately organized and intelligently led, in a manner that had deep roots in New England. On the morning of April 19, they fought in fixed positions and close formation, twice breaking the British regulars. In the afternoon, the American officers switched tactics, forging a ring of fire around the retreating enemy which they maintained for several hours—an extraordinary feat of combat leadership. In the days that followed, Paul Revere led a new battle— for public opinion—which proved even more decisive than the fighting itself.
When the alarm-riders of April 18 took to the streets, they did not cry, "the British are coming," for most of them still believed they were British. Within a day, many began to think differently. For George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Thomas Paine, the news of Lexington was their revolutionary Rubicon. Paul Revere's Ride returns Paul Revere to center stage in these critical events, capturing both the drama and the underlying developments in a triumphant return to narrative history at its finest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195098310
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/28/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 149,781
Product dimensions: 9.65(w) x 6.56(h) x 1.24(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Paul Revere's America
General Gage's Dilemma
First Strokes
Mounting Tensions
The Mission
The Warning
The March
The Capture
The Alarm
The Muster
The Great Fear
The Rescue
The First Shot
The Battle
A Circle of Fire
Epilogue 281(16)
Appendices 297(30)
Historiography 327(18)
Bibliography 345(28)
Abbreviations 373(1)
Notes 373(50)
Acknowledgments 423(2)
Index 425

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books on the American Revolution; no one can write like David Hackett Fischer! This book provides a detailed biograph of Paul Revere's life and his participation in the war for independence. Fischer debunks the myth of Paul Revere's solitary ride, describing the collective participation of the Americans from the infamous signal at the North Church to the arrival of Minutemen from many areas of Massachusetts to the coordinated attacks on the British as they retreated from Lexington. Alvin Gritz
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author's writing style is second to none for this genre. His breadth of knowledge and attention to detail is stunning. Yet, unlike far too many authors of early American history, Fischer's narrative flows exceedingly effectively, and is highly organized. Most of all, Fischer wholly avoids the kind of smug, needlessly-esoteric, choppy, poorly-written, political-agenda-riddled prose that plagues the vast majority of his fellow academics. I have read at least 100 books on the subject of the American Revolution and this is easily in the top 5, if not in first place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best historical books on the early years of the American Revolution I have ever read. Exremely informative and yet still entertaining. It belongs on everyone's bookshelf.
Ross_in_Topeka More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. All of Fischer's books are worthy of a Pulitzer prize, and Paul Revere's Ride is no exception. This book is a biography of Paul Revere, and better yet a biography of that famous April morning in 1775 when the first shots of the American Revolution were fired. Most of us who choose to read this book know by now that Revere did NOT say "The British are coming! The British are coming!" But what did he say? To whom did he say it? Did he act alone? How far and long was the ride? What was unexpected about this book was the compassionate and robust description Fischer tells of the King's men, the men who were tasked with dampening the increasingly rebellious colonials around Boston. Not only are the events of that morning eminently fascinating, Fischer's storytelling ability is top notch. No need to be a scholar to enjoy Paul Revere's Ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I always considered myself reasonably well educated, but I was almost completely unfamiliar with what really happened on April 18-19, 1775, in Boston, Lexington, and Concord. I visited Lexington recently, and was told by a volunteer at the local Visitors' Center that David Hackett Fisher's book is the most authoritative work on the subject. This is a must read for anyone interested in the Revolutionary Period.
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Fatastic read. Well written by a great author .
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Hunter76USA More than 1 year ago
My son bought this book for me for Christmas, and I am glad he did! I highly recommend this book to anyone who lets their mind wonder; "What was it like to be there..."
Fischer's research on the subject matter is outstanding. He uses historical documents, journals, town records, military manuals, as well as a plethora of other resources to paint a picture of a segment of our history like none I have read.
Read it, you won't be disappointed.
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I am a very big fan of Paul Revere. The Author of this book really concentrated on not only Paul Revere's famous ride, but also gives us specific details about the battle of Lexington and Concord. Mr.Fischer also wrote wonderfully about frustrated mind and dilenma of General Gage (the biggest enemy of Massachussetts colonists). I was very satified by his research and writing. The chapter which the New England militia (minute mens) kept attacking British troops is the most exciting part of this book.