Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Revolutionary Paul Revere Book Review!

Hey guys so my next review is actually a book review for the book called The Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel Miller. On Amazon the book is described as this in the Product Description: "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."

Honestly, I didn't really care much for this book. I took me a while to get through it and when I did I kind of skimmed it just to finish reading it. Maybe it was my own fault because I'm not into history books, but I do like fictionalized history (like The Other Boleyn Girl and all of Phillipa Gregory's books) so I figured I'd try this one out. Well I figured wrong.

I feel like instead how most biographies flow, this book flowed more like a history textbook. It wasn't as interesting to me to relearn it again in that format. Also I didn't like how in each chapter at the beginning they have one sentence italicized saying what is going to happen in the chapter like "In which our hero..." yadda yadda yadda. Why tell me this if I'm
going to read it? Why ruin it for me?

But then again, am I the best reviewer of this book? Probably not. It was probably a bad idea for me choosing this book to read. If I enjoyed historical biographies such as this it would be different, but I'm not a big fan of them. It wasn't entertainingly written either...it was more informative than entertaining.

But if you enjoy history, specifically history on the Revolutionary War, this is a great book for you. It talks about everything Paul Revere goes through during that era and just major moments in history during that time.

Buy It! Check out Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble or basically any book website. Browse around, it seems to be a pretty common book.

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