The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777

by Rick Atkinson
The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777

by Rick Atkinson


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Winner of the George Washington Prize
Winner of the Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize in American History
Winner of the Excellence in American History Book Award
Winner of the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award

The paperback edition of the New York Times bestseller that the Wall Street Journal said
was “chock full of momentous events and larger-than-life characters.”

Rick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning An Army at Dawn and two other superb books about World War II, has long been admired for his deeply researched, stunningly vivid narrative histories. Now he turns his attention to a new war, and in the initial volume of the Revolution Trilogy he recounts the first twenty-one months of America’s violent war for independence.

From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, American militiamen and then the ragged Continental Army take on the world’s most formidable fighting force. It is a gripping saga alive with astonishing characters: Henry Knox, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of artillery; Nathanael Greene, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes a brilliant battle captain; Benjamin Franklin, the self-made man who proves to be the wiliest of diplomats; George Washington, the commander in chief who learns the difficult art of leadership when the war seems all but lost. The story is also told from the British perspective, making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the more compelling.

Full of riveting details and untold stories, The British Are Coming is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering. Rick Atkinson has given stirring new life to the first act of our country’s creation drama.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250231321
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Series: The Revolution Trilogy , #1
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 68,759
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of the Liberation Trilogy—An Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History), The Day of Battle, and The Guns at Last Light—as well as The Long Gray Line and other books. His many additional awards include a Pulitzer Prize in journalism, a George Polk Award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award. A former staff writer and senior editor at the Washington Post, he lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

List of Maps xv

Map Legend xvi

List of Illustrations xvii

Prologue, England, June 1773-March 1775 1

1 Inspecting the Fleet

2 Avenging the Tea

3 Preparing for War

Part 1

1 God Himself Our Captain 35

Boston, March 6-April 17, 1775

2 Men Came Down from the Clouds 55

Lexington and Concord, April 18-19, 1775

3 I Wish This Cursed Place was Burned 83

Boston and Charlestown, May-June 1775

4 What Shall We Say of Human Nature? 116

Cambridge Camp, July-October 1775

5 I Shall Try to Retard the Evil Hour 141

Into Canada, October-November 1775

6 America is an Ugly Job 164

London, October-November 1775

7 They Fought, Bled, and Died Like Englishmen 182

Norfolk, Virginia, December 1775

8 The Paths of Glory 195

Quebec, December 3, 1775-January 1, 1776

Part 2

9 The Ways of Heaven Are Dark and Intricate 219

Boston, January-February 1776

10 The Whipping Snake 241

Cork, Ireland, and Moore's Creek, North Carolina, January-March 1776

11 City of Our Solemnities 257

Boston, March 1776

12 A Strange Reverse of Fortune 273

Quebec, April-June 1776

13 Surrounded by Enemies, Open and Concealed 297

New York, June 1776

14 A Dog in a Dancing School 323

Charleston, South Carolina, June 1776

15 A Fight among Wolves 348

New York, July-August 1776

16 A Sentimental Manner of Making War 380

New York, September 1776

Part 3

17 Master of the Lakes 405

Lake Champlain, October 1776

18 The Retrograde Motion of Things 431

New York, October-November 1776

19 A Quaker in Paris 465

France, November-December 1776

20 Fire-And-Sword Men 485

New Jersey, December 1776

21 The Smiles of Providence 511

Trenton, December 24-26, 1776

22 The Day Is Our Own 530

Trenton and Princeton, January 1777

Epilogue, England and America, 1777 555

Author's Note 565

Notes 567

Sources 703

Acknowledgments 747

Index 753

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