"Steady, vigorous, sensible and perservering". These are the words that the American revolutionary Dr. Thomas Young used to describe his friend and fellow political activist Paul Revere shortly after the Boston Tea Party took place in December 1773. It seems to me that this is a very apt description of the man. Over the years I have not read all that much about the period leading up to the American Revolution. So aside from learning all about the fascinating life of this legendary American patriot "The Revolutionary Paul Revere" also got me up to speed on the turbulant years that led up to the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Author Joel J. Miller has does a terrific job in cobbling it all together in this well-written and fast-moving new book.
Throughout his long and fascinating life Paul Revere wore a great many hats. He was the father of 16 children and a prominent and successful Boston businessman. In addition, Revere was an extremely gifted artisan who worked wonders with gold, silver and copper. All the while Paul Revere proved to be a fierce American patriot who steadfastly opposed what he considered to be the oppressive policies being imposed on the colonies by the Parliament in London. Although just an ordinary citizen Paul Revere rubbed elbows with legendary figures like Samuel Adams, JohnHancock and John Adams to name but a few. He would play an enormously important role at several key points in the period leading up to the hostilities with the British as the messenger from Boston. His famous Midnight Ride to Lexington and Concord on the night of April 18-19, 1775 would prove to be the culmination of his remarkable efforts.
As I indicated earlier "The Revolutionary Paul Revere" proves to be not only an outstanding biography but also a comprehensive history lesson about the major events leading up to the American Revolution. Joel Miller covers in great detail all of the major events in the dozen or so years leading up to the Revolution including the Stamp Act of 1765, the Boston Massacre, the burning of the British revenue schooner Gaspee in Warwick, RI in June of 1772 and of course the Boston Tea Party which took place on the evening of December 16, 1773. And as Miller points out the passage of the Intolerable Acts by the British Parliament in 1774 would prove to be the final straw for the Thirteen Colonies that would soon become the United States.
Because we live so close to where most of these events took place "The Revolutionary Paul Revere" had very special significance for me. My wife and I are very interested in history and we have visited Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, MA on a number of occasions. Likewise, we have also toured the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church which are part of the Freedom Trail in Boston. Mr. Miller's book helped to give context and meaning to all of these significant places and events in American history. In the turbulant times in which we live I feel strongly that Americans must reconnect with the history of our nation. The individuals who founded this country were more than just greedy old white guys. They were men of deep conviction who cherished liberty and detested tyranny. They risked everything they had for the cause of freedom! Indeed, there are many very valuable lessons to be culled from "The Revolutionary Paul Revere". It's a damn shame that they don't teach them in our schools anymore. Very highly recommended!
It's not often I find myself in disagreement with William J. Bennett -- okay, that's not true: I disagree with him on a lot of things -- but I *particularly* disagree with his characterization of Paul Revere in the blurb on the back of this book: Revere was not in any sense "essential in the story of America's founding and its growth as a force for freedom in the world." But then, that very fact, I'd argue, is what makes this entertaining and well-researched biography so interesting. Paul Revere … more
It feels odd to me to review the Revolutionary Paul Revere since admittedly; I did not make it more than 6 chapters into the book. This is odd for me, since I love history and usually devour books about personages that I have not thoroughly studied. While Mr. Miller's book was informative, and that is what kept me plugging along for a time, I did not find it overly entertaining and the writing style at points clashed with what I prefer. This caused me to discontinue reading. I … more
I guess I would qualify as a frustrated writer. My work requires very little writing and so since 1999 I have been writing reviews on non-fiction books and anthology CD's on amazon.com. I never could … more
Consider the Source
Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.
"Quick in the saddle and fast out of town." Watch one of America's most remarkable heroes come alive through fast-paced prose and gripping storytelling.
The Revolutionary Paul Revere starts at a gallop and never slows down. Follow Revere's adventure-filled life from childhood through the French and Indian War; from the prerevolutionary economic disasters through the incendiary tax fights and riots; from military occupation of Boston through Revere's part in the Boston Massacre trial; from his role in the Boston Tea Party through his early service as express rider for the Massachusetts patriots; from the tragic death of his first wife through the whimsical pursuit of a new love; from his role as waterfront spy through his famous midnight ride; from his participation in the worst American naval disaster before Pearl Harbor through his eventual vindication.
Learn about Revere's life in the Freemasons and the secret political clubs of Boston. Discover his role in Massachusetts' ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Get the inside picture of his business dealings, and see how he transformed himself from poor artisan to wealthy industrialist, making everything from kettles to cannons. Revere's life story is the quintessential American story.