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The Siege of Boston

Allen French

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It has been minimized into a riot and magnified into a deed of glory. As a matter of fact, it was neither the one nor the other, yet if either it was nearer the latter. Carried out by Boston[Pg 84] mechanics, but doubtless directed by Boston leaders, it was a cool and deliberate law-breaking, the penalty for which, could the offenders but have been discovered, would have been severe. But none of the actors in the affair were betrayed at the time, though hundreds in the town must have had positive knowledge of their identity. Names, like those of the burners of the Gaspee eighteen months before, were not given out until after the Revolution, and even to-day the list of them is not complete.

The project of the king and the East India Company was a failure. In one way or other the other three seaports either destroyed or sent back their tea. But Boston was the first and most violent offender. It was on her that punishment was to descend.

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This is the best book I have read so far on the early Revolution. Allen French did a excellent job of presenting the facts without a lot of personal thoughts or slants to the story. He also did a fantastic job presenting both sides of this struggle. He showed not only what was going on on the Americ

Proud to be an American

Learned a lot about New England’s involvement to the war. Where our Navy First started and it’s amazing success throughout the war. It showed how the Americans were strong willed and hard workers

For anyone interested in reading about Revolutionary War history this is a must read. Totally enjoyed it and it was very well written.