The War Before Independence, 1775-1776

The War Before Independence, 1775-1776

Igniting the American Revolution

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Draws on new material from letters, diaries, and research to explore the events of 1775 and 1776, from the Battle of Bunker Hill to the conclusion of the Boston Campaign.

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Continuing his previous book, Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775, Beck, an author who has served in the US Air Force, chronicles the years before the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of the Revolutionary War during 1775 and 1776. He describes both Yankee and British perspectives on events of the early war, including the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Battle of Quebec, and the Boston Campaign. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The United States was creeping ever closer to independence. The shot heard round the world still echoed in the ears of Parliament as impassioned revolutionaries took up arms for and against King and country. In this captivating blend of careful research and rich narrative, Derek W. Beck continues his exploration into the period preceding the Declaration of Independence, just days into the new Revolutionary War.

The War Before Independence transports readers into the violent years of 1775 and 1776, with the infamous Battle of Bunker Hill a turning point in the Revolution and the snowy, wind-swept march to the frozen ground at the Battle of Quebec, ending with the exciting conclusion of the Boston Campaign. Meticulous research and new material drawn from letters, diaries, and investigative research throws open the doors not only to familiar figures and faces, but also little-known triumphs and tribulations of America's greatest military leaders, including George Washington.

Wonderfully detailed and stunningly layered, The War Before Independence brings America's early upheaval to a ferocious boil on both sides of the battlefield, and vividly captures the spirit of a fight that continues to inspire brave hearts today.

Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2016]
ISBN: 9781492633099
Branch Call Number: 973.3 B388w
Characteristics: x, 467 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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May 04, 2016

Unexpectedly Moved to Tears

There was a point during Derek Beck's, The War Before Independence, and his description of the Battle of Bunker Hill that moved me to tears. The bravery of the men fighting in this battle was brought vividly to the pages of his book. The bravery of both the Americans and British were well represented. Growing up on the west coast, the history of the Revolutionary War was miles and years away. I knew the highlights that had been taught in school but never considered it further. This book and his previous book, Igniting the Revolution, do a wonderful job of completing the picture and filling in many gaps that were there. For instance, I had no idea any battles were fought in Canada. Derek's cinematic description of the battles, especially Bunker Hill, make a potentially difficult subject an enjoyable read. Reading this book, I was struck by the realization of how small the armies were in comparison to today's standards. The total number of men from both the Americans and British for the entire war, wouldn't fill a quarter of an NFL stadium. One man could make a difference! Men like Dr. Joseph Warren did make a difference. I recommend this book and his previous book to everyone. It was a great read and I learned quite a few things.


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