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FYI -- Bunker Hill Lecture 5/5/2014 6PM at OSV
« on: April 10, 2014, 12:49:55 PM »
FYI - For anyone interested

http://www.osv.org/event/speaker-series/speaker-series-nathaniel-philbrick

From the OSV website..

"Award-winning historical non-fiction writer, Nathaniel Philbrick will make a special appearance at Old Sturbridge Village as part of the Overseers' Distinguished Speaker Series to discuss his latest book, Bunker Hill:  A City, a Siege, a Revolution.  The book tells the story of the Battle of Bunker Hill - the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists..."

(Disclaimer -- I am in no way affiliated with OSV, nor Mr. Philbrick..YMMV..etc.,etc.,..)

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UPDATE: Bunker Hill Lecture 5/5/2014 6PM at OSV
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2014, 01:50:24 PM »
I attended the BH lecture on 5/5 at OSV.  The actual lecture was only 45-50 minutes, with a Q&A session that lasted about 30 minutes after that. 

While the author was engaging, and the subject matter was interesting, he really didn't go into the kind of depth that I have heard from speakers telling the strikes at an average Appleseed. (A tip of the hat to AS speakers).
Then again, his lecture seemed more like a teaser to sell his book, rather than give away the entire substance of that book.

Nonetheless, I did come away with a greater appreciaton of Dr. Joseph Warren's contribution to the Revolution (and a copy of the book as well). Dr. Warren was a primary focus of the lecture.   Colonial marksmanship was also mentioned, as well as the astonishment of the Regulars at the ability of the Colonials to pick-off officers, and the heavy price the Regulars paid to take that hill. 

The author mentioned that his research into this topic has inspired him to continue his research of the Revolution, and has decided to publish more books on various RW topics.  The next should be a study of the Battle of Saratoga.

For anyone interested, the Author is Nathaniel Philbrick. The Title to his book is "Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution".  It seems to have gotten a lot of good reviews on Amazon. 

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Re: FYI -- Bunker Hill Lecture 5/5/2014 6PM at OSV
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2014, 02:02:04 PM »
I'm curious how the book is. Perhaps I will put it on the list with Fischer's Washington's Crossing.
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Re: FYI -- Bunker Hill Lecture 5/5/2014 6PM at OSV
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2014, 05:57:27 PM »
Philbrick's book is quite good.  You may be able to find it at your local library.  I would advise staying away from Bunker Hill by Howard Fast.  Here is my review at B&N: "To be honest, I could not stomach more than the first couple chapters. Reads like a cheap dime store paperback. Simply dreadful."

If you want to learn more about Joseph Warren, the man, try Dr. Joseph Warren by Samuel A. Forman.

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