Compass

Reviews

“Philbrick guides us beautifully through Revolutionary Boston, with the Battle of Bunker Hill as his story’s grand climax — and with today’s global events enlivening the old tale.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Masterly narrative… Philbrick tells the complex story superbly… gripping book…”
Wall Street Journal

“A masterpiece of narrative and perspective…This is not only…the greatest American story. It is also the American story.”
Boston Globe

“You will delight in the story and the multitude of details Philbrick offers up.”
USA Today

“Riveting, fast-paced account…”
Los Angeles Times

“This is popular history at its best: a taut narrative with a novelist’s touch, grounded in careful research.”
Miami Herald

“Philbrick … has a flair for using primary sources to create scenes that sweep readers into the thick of history…BUNKER HILL is a tour de force, creating as vivid a picture as we are likely to get of the first engagements of the American Revolution…Philbrick is a gifted researcher and storyteller…”
Chicago Tribune

“Philbrick…offers…surprising revelations and others in BUNKER HILL, a comprehensive and absorbing account of a battle…Extraordinary events produce extraordinary individuals, and Philbrick’s portrayals are remarkably penetrating and vivid…Given the scale of the story, Philbrick, confirming his standing as one of America’s pre-eminent historians, somehow manages to address all the essential components in a concise, readable style”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Like a masterly chronicler, [Philbrick] has produced a tightly focused and richly detailed narrative that just happens to resonate with leadership lessons for all times….Philbrick is at his most vivid in conveying scenes of battle, both on the road between Boston and Concord and on the ridges of Bunker Hill. But what adds depth to the narrative is his fine sense of the ambitions that drive people in war and politics.”
Walter Isaacson, Washington Post

“Rather than paint events in patriotic black-and-white, Philbrick explores the complexities of pre-revolutionary New England in vivid and sometimes shocking colour.”
Ben Macintyre, London Times

“Another fine history from Nathaniel Philbrick…”
The Economist

“Thought you know the ending, you whip through the pages…”
Entertainment Weekly

“Quite masterfully, Philbrick does not sink to simply good and evil distinctions in the run-up to Bunker Hill. The author reminds us that the freedoms colonists wanted were never intended to apply to blacks, American Indians or women. This was a messy time when decisions were sometimes dictated by ambition instead of some nobler trait.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“[Philbrick] captures the drama—martial and emotional—of the months before and after this legendary clash.”
The New Yorker

“Philbrick spices his text with first-person accounts from many participants in the drama, including patriots, loyalists, generals, privates, spies, even the victim of a tar-and-feathering. This is easy-reading history, uncluttered by footnotes and assisted by some excellent maps.”
Seattle Times

“Philbrick … will be a candidate for another award with this ingenious, bottom-up look at Boston from the time of the December 1773 Tea Party to the iconic June 1775 battle….A rewarding approach to a well-worn subject, rich in anecdotes, opinion, bloodshed and Byzantine political maneuvering.”
Kirkus (Starred Review)

“Exhaustively researched, intelligent, and engaging narrative with a sophisticated approach. Collections … should certainly acquire this….”
Library Journal

“Philbrick tells his tale in traditional fashion—briskly, colorfully, and with immediacy….no one has told this tale better.”
Publishers Weekly

“Crackling accounts of military movements…a superior talent for renewing interest in a famed event, Philbrick will again be in high demand from history buffs.”
Booklist

“Philbrick shows us historic figures, not only as if they had stepped away from their famous portraits, but as if we had read about them in last week’s newspaper…Philbrick has developed a style that connects the power of narrative to decisive moments in American history.”
Nantucket Today

“A compelling, balanced and fresh narrative.”
Christian Science Monitor

“Philbrick’s research is phenomenal …I suggest you pick up this enjoyable read.”
Washington Independent Review of Books

“You’ll never have history told like this in school. If it were, you might find more kids interested in it.”
The State Journal-Register

“Arguably Philbrick’s best book with a page-turning narrative that is strengthened by insightful research. Philbrick masterfully portrays the sometimes-flawed motivations and aspirations of both hardcore patriots and loyalists as everyday heroes emerge throughout the pages of Bunker Hill.”
Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine

“By lifting to the forefront the myriad personalities surrounding the nascent stages of the American Revolution, and treating the womb of insurrection, Boston, as a character herself, Philbrick places the human condition at the center of the story, while at the same time adhering to a high standard of factuality, backed with a preponderance of sources and notes.”
Myrtle Beach Sun News

“Bunker Hill does a superb job setting the stage for the Siege of Boston and the climatic action that took place on Breed’s Hill…Fortunately excellent, clearly readable and simple maps are provided. The book provides outstanding coverage of the big picture of what was happening, who was doing it and why.”
All Things Liberty

“A gripping, suspense-driven recounting of the battles of Bunker and Breed’s Hill…I couldn’t put this book down with its seductive, detail-sharpened, heart-stopping narrative made all the more human by the people involved…powerful, eloquent, infinitely compelling, and just plain awesome.”
Providence Journal

“Rather than paint these events in patriotic black and white, Philbrick explores the complexities of pre-Revolutionaty New England in vivid, realistic, and sometimes shocking colour.”
–Ben Macintyre, The Times (London)

“A notable merit of [Philbrick’s] account of the birth of the American revolution is its fair-mindedness.”
–The Sunday Times (London)

“Bunker Hill is a masterful retelling of a time in American history already rich with drama and patriotic pride; under Nathaniel Philbrick’s pen the drama becomes fresh again.  While he does not flinch from the mistakes made, the brutality evidenced (on both sides), the pettiness and peevishness displayed (on both sides) or the even the underhanded manipulation of a newly emerging political system by those we call heroes, he does it in such a way that we begin to understand – truly understand – the factors and feelings and incredible bravery it took on the part of both the general and the civilian, the statesman and the commoner, and the soldier (on either side) to wave their hat in the face of adversity and taunt those elements aiming to break them.”
–LitStack

“As he has done in books about Gen. George Armstrong Custer and the Pilgrim settlers, Philbrick writes with freshness and clarity about subjects most of us are already acquainted with.”
-–St. Louis Dispatch

“No one can tell you about the history you thought you knew quite like Nathaniel Philbrick.”
–Cape Cod Times

“Philbrick is especially good at recounting the personal experience of battle.”
–New York Review of Books

“Nathaniel Philbrick has done a splendid job of interweaving firsthand accounts to produce a dramatic, fast-paced narrative of the battle (the bloodiest of the entire war), the events leading up to it and its consequences.”
–The Washington Times

Philbrick tells a familiar American history tale with fresh eyes and clear voice. This is not your father’s term paper.”
–The Saturday Evening Post