I’m hosting a book giveaway courtesy of the folks at Viking Press. It’s for Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution by the award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick which was released April 30, 2013. Kirkus gave it a starred review and said, “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 July 1775 battle…A rewarding approach to a well-worn subject, rich in anecdotes, opinion, bloodshed and Byzantine political maneuvering.” Booklist says, “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.”
*Bunker Hill has been optioned for film by Ben Affleck and Warner Bros. Can’t wait!
Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord. In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.
Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of the story. He finds new characters, and new facets to familiar ones. The real work of choreographing rebellion falls to a thirty-three year old physician named Joseph Warren who emerges as the on-the-ground leader of the Patriot cause and is fated to die at Bunker Hill. Others in the cast include Paul Revere, Warren’s fiancé the poet Mercy Scollay, a newly recruited George Washington, the reluctant British combatant General Thomas Gage and his more bellicose successor William Howe, who leads the three charges at Bunker Hill and presides over the claustrophobic cauldron of a city under siege as both sides play a nervy game of brinkmanship for control.
With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape—geographic and ideological—in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, blisteringly real origins of America.
Watch the Bunker Hill Book Trailer here.
Win a Copy!
If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Bunker Hill, email your name and mailing address to email@example.com. Unfortunately, you must reside in the U.S.
Put Giveaway in the e-mail subject line. One entry per person, please. Your chance of winning increases if you leave a comment or like the post. I’ll accept entries until midnight on May 12, 2013—at which time I’ll draw the winning name. Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending giveaway winners copies of the book.
Philbrick will read at over two dozen bookstores across the nation – but not Powell’s, unfortunately. Check out his Tour Schedule here.
Congratulations to winner Diane M.!
The story of A DELICATE TRUTH, le Carre’s 23rd novel, unfolds over three years. A British civil servant is dispatched to Gibraltar where a top secret counter-terror operation (codename: Wildlife) is being mounted. He has been assigned by a Minister of Her Majesty’s Foreign Office to be his eyes and ears on the ground. The mission is so delicate that not even the Minister’s private secretary, Toby Bell, is admitted to the plan. The operation goes off without a hitch. Or does it?
Three years on, Sir Christopher “Kit” Probyn, a former British diplomat, is enjoying his well-earned retirement. Brought face to face with a living ghost from his past, he desperately appeals to Toby for enlightenment. With the surreptitious help of Kit’s daughter Emily, two men a generation apart, both loyal servants of the Crown, will separately discover whether Wildlife was the triumph it was made out to be, or a tragedy ruthlessly suppressed by the Foreign Office to which they owe their allegiance.
A Delicate Truth will be released May 7th and if it’s half as good as this trailer, it will be awesome!
Viking, May 7th, 2013
I had a great time giving out free books today at the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco. My book was Tina Fey’s Bossypants. How fitting that I was in front of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shop where they feature a yogurt named Liz Lemon. I met so many wonderful folks of all ages and walks of life. A couple of them carried all their wordly possessions on their backs. All were amazed and appreciative to get a free book. One young man from Egypt said he would read it and then take it home with him so his friends could read it too. Truly was a World Book Night. For more info on WBN go to http://www.worldbooknight.org.