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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2020 8:21 p.m. PST

""To say that Atkinson can tell a story is like saying Sinatra can sing…. Historians of the American Revolution take note. Atkinson is coming. He brings with him a Tolstoyan view of war; that is, he presumes war can be understood only by recovering the experience of ordinary men and women caught in the crucible of orchestrated violence beyond their control or comprehension…. It is as if Ken Burns somehow gained access to a time machine, traveled back to the Revolutionary era, then captured historical scenes on film as they were happening…. The story he tells is designed to rescue the American Revolution from the sentimental stereotypes and bring it to life as an ugly, savage, often barbaric war…. A powerful new voice has been added to the dialogue about our origins as a people and a nation. It is difficult to imagine any reader putting this beguiling book down without a smile and a tear."…"

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William Warner12 Jan 2020 10:00 a.m. PST

I'm reading it now and I'm not disappointed--a wonderful combination of insightful history and compelling writing. I had qualms about his shift from WWII to the American Revolution but they've all been dispelled.

MiniPigs12 Jan 2020 12:39 p.m. PST

Does anyone know when the second Revolutionary War book is due out?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2020 1:56 p.m. PST



42flanker12 Jan 2020 4:48 p.m. PST

"Does anyone know when the second Revolutionary War book is due out?"

You can 'sign up for news' on the publisher's website in the link.

MiniPigs12 Jan 2020 10:08 p.m. PST

He says he is "hard at it" but doesnt have a hard date. Hopefully, he is working weekends!

codiver13 Jan 2020 6:43 a.m. PST

I enjoyed the WWII "Liberation Trilogy", and am currently reading The British are Coming. My only somewhat negative comment is that I'm not sure I've read much that wasn't covered pretty much the same in McCullough's 1776. But then that's the time frame. Very much looking forward to the coverage of the remainder of the war in the same way!

MiniPigs13 Jan 2020 9:42 p.m. PST

Well I havent read McCullough's 1776; so please, no spoilers.

42flanker13 Jan 2020 11:07 p.m. PST

Well, I can tell you, it's a roller coaster ride.

Virginia Tory14 Jan 2020 4:07 a.m. PST

Atkinson's first volume wasn't bad. There were some errors and weird stuff, but overall it was a fun and informative read.

codiver15 Jan 2020 5:57 a.m. PST

Spoiler alert: in the end, take the Americans and give the 6 points…

MiniPigs15 Jan 2020 12:13 p.m. PST

I heard that Yorktown went into sudden death overtime…

What are some books that are simply amazing (From a Wargamer friendly point of view) about the war in all categories whether it is just about battles/campaigns, uniforms, historical narratives.

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