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History Buffs! Enter a Giveaway for Bunker Hill

May 9, 2013

Bunker HillI’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.

Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick

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 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.!


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  1. John McNeese permalink

    Diane: You’ve done it again. I had no intention of buying this book until I read your review. Thanks for steering me to these great books. It makes life so rich.

  2. John stole my comment! and I agree. Shame Philbrick isn’t coming to Powell’s since I bet all three of us have several of his books. What a mind!

  3. What a great opportunity, Diane, and thanks! While I’m a history buff, too, I have a quiet and talented assistant at work who’s quite the American history buff (his 2012 BA is in American History, too). If I win, this will be a little gift for him. 🙂

  4. Bunker Hill sounds incredible. I have a talented and quiet young assistant at work who would LOVE this book. Will let him know about it, or even give him a copy :-).

  5. Oh, how fun this books sounds! Just my type of reading. Great review! I’d run to the bookstore right now, but must wait first to see if it’s my lucky day. Maybe I’ll win the drawing! Pick me, please!

  6. Eek–sorry about my two comments. The first didn’t seem to be making it, so I wrote the second. I trust it didn’t make me seem too desperate to win, but I’m thrilled that I have; my young assistant and I will enjoy Bunker Hill. Thanks so much for the opportunity, Diane!

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