Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution

Nathaniel Philbrick
973.3312 PHI


Reviewed by
Clint Alley, Assistant Library Director

According to author Nathaniel Philbrick, in his book Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, "Part of what makes a revolution such a fascinating subject to study is the arrival of the moment when neutrality is no longer an option."


For many Americans in 1775, that moment was when they heard about the Battle of Bunker Hill. As I have come to expect from Mr. Philbrick, his 2013 book on the subject is nothing short of fantastic.

Bunker Hill offers a vivid portrayal of the events leading up to--and the critical aftermath of--the pivotal skirmish on the outskirts of Boston in the summer of 1775.  From the heroic death of Dr. Joseph Warren to the psychological scars that the battle's carnage left on young John Quincy Adams, Bunker Hill gives readers a front-row seat to one of the most vitally important moments of the American Revolution.


Mr. Philbrick is a natural storyteller, and reading his books is like taking a stroll through American history with a guide who is familiar with every fascinating detail.

He has the local historian's categorical knowledge of the terrain and the professional historian's appreciation for the larger meaning behind the stories he tells.

As only a good writer can do, Mr. Philbrick makes the events in his books approachable to anyone and everyone with an interest in learning more.