Thursday, March 25, 2010

Review: The Revolutionary Paul Revere

Recently I was given the opportunity to review The Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel L. Miller. To be quite honest, I was a little unsure about reviewing a biography; I have never been much of a biography reader. However, considering that I was running low on reading options I decided to give this book a try. I am so glad I have this book a fair chance. Unlike the biographies I had grown accustomed to, this one is full of intrigue, excitement, and witty writing. This book was by no means a dry biography on one of our country's influential men.  From a busy Mom's perspective I particularly liked that each chapter was short and easy to read in short chunks of time. When I read I prefer to read a chapter or more at a time. Most biographies are presented in long and drawn out chapters that require large chunks of time to read. Fortunately, this one does not. Each chapter is manageable reading; 10-15 pages.

 The writing style of this book brought the story of Paul Revere alive for me. I felt like I was living in the late 1700's with Revere and his family. I felt the pain of his financial struggles and the triumphant of his personal achievements. Miller does an exceptional job in this book of bringing not only the character and his life alive but also the impact of the society that Revere lived in. The 1700's were an every changing time and the events in Revere's life were a direct result of the economical and political world around him. If you or an older student (late middle school to high school age) enjoy reading about American history and the people who influenced our early years, this book is a must read.

From the publisher:

“Quick in the saddle and fast out of town.” Watch one of America’s most remarkable heroes come alive through fast-paced prose and gripping storytelling.
The Revolutionary Paul Revere starts at a gallop and never slows down. Escape into Revere’s adventure-filled life: from childhood through the French and Indian War; from the military occupation of Boston through Revere’s part in the Boston Massacre trial; from his role in the Boston Tea Party through his days as an express rider for patriot leaders; from the tragic death of his first wife through the whimsical pursuit of a new love; from his job as waterfront spy through his famous midnight ride; from his role in the worst American naval disaster before Pearl Harbor through his eventual vindication.
Go inside his life as a Mason, in Boston's secret political clubs, and in business relationships, and see how he transformed himself from poor artisan to wealthy industrialist. Revere’s life story is the quintessential American story.
Thomas Nelson publishing kindly provided me with free copy of The Revolutionary Paul Rever in exchange for my honest review of this book.

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