***This is a truly terrible review of three books. If you like the Revolutionary War, read them.***
I first learned about Nathaniel Philbrick while doing research for a presentation on one of the commanders of the Battle of Bunker Hill, COL William Prescott. While I planned to read the book then, I just did what most people do while preparing a presentation, I read only the things that were super relevant to the project. I told myself for years that I would come back to the book and this year I finally did. These three books trace the history of the Revolutionary War chronologically and were written in that order. I did not read them in that order. I read them in the order they became available which was Valiant Ambition, In the Hurricane’s Eye, and Bunker Hill. I was comfortable doing that because I was already very familiar with the Revolutionary War, I was after all a history major and buff. History buff that is, though I do try. I would recommend reading them in order unless you have a great degree of familiarity with the Revolution. I should also add that my father is from Massachusetts so I was always fond of the history up there. I went to high school just outside Yorktown, the setting, at least in part, of the third book. Thus I am forced to admit that I let the pressures of trying, and failing, to be cool get to me and I knew far less about Yorktown as a battleground than I should.