On June 10, 1779, a Loyalist raiding party landed on the shore of Monmouth County, New Jersey, and advanced unnoticed on the town of Tinton Falls. It captured five leading Patriots and plundered many others. Homes and barns were burned to the ground; stores were looted and livestock driven off. The local militia scattered. That afternoon, as the raiders loaded their barges, a reinforced militia engaged the Loyalists in a battle that climaxed with vicious hand-to-hand combat. Historian Michael Adelberg brings the Tinton Falls raid to life, re-creating the day in the voices of ten narrators based on real people--a child of a Revolutionary leader, a Loyalist officer, a militiaman, a pacifist, a businesswoman and many others--each of whom experienced the day very differently.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Michael Adelberg has been researching the American Revolution in Monmouth County for more than twenty years and is the author of the award-winning The American Revolution in Monmouth County: The Theatre of Spoil and Destruction. His essays on the American Revolution have appeared in scholarly journals like the Journal of Military History and the Journal of the Early Republic. He is a fiction reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, and his first novel, A Thinking Man's Bully, was published in January 2012. Adelberg holds master's degrees in history and public policy and lives with his family in Vienna, Virginia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Powerfully Evocative Depiction of the American Revolution If you enjoyed Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower you’ll love The Razing of Tinton Falls. A shorter book, set around a single incident with no great historical world-shattering significance, Michael Adelberg’s Tinton Falls brings to life the characters and world of the American Revolution. A single village’s demise is seen through eyes of Loyalists, Patriots, businessmen and women, slave, servant and child. The history is beautifully researched and the details ring powerfully true. The known facts of each character are given in brief paragraphs of introduction. Then the author slides very naturally into the voice and viewpoint of another protagonist, bringing readers eagerly behind him and driving the story inexorably forwards. I never imagined the war of independence as a civil war, but now I learn how neighbors and friends were pitted against each other, politics drawing dividing lines, violence breaking the barriers of good behavior. The author paints no side with angel’s wings, but describes the different aims and desires of protagonists with a deft touch for human need and, sometimes, human greed. If war brings out the best and worst in people, The Razing of Tinton Falls paints that best and worst in human colors, bringing history into focus, and shedding historical light on the world’s present trials. How we’d love to define the sides in modern conflict as good and evil, but this novel reveals the human emotions behind events, the inevitable consequences of mistake and accident, and the personal cost of destruction to people on both sides of every line. I was quickly absorbed, genuinely intrigued, and painlessly educated by this book, and I really enjoyed it. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. Being English, I had no idea what I’d make of it, but I loved it.
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