The Revolutionary Paul Revere, by Joel Miller is an interesting, slightly fun read through a portion of history.
initially i decided to read this book because i wanted to know a little more about Paul Revere. i’d always heard about the man and usually it was with regards to riding through towns shouting that ‘the British are coming’. admittedly that is all that i knew of Paul Revere and so i was surprised to find out more about the goldsmith that he was. its interesting to me that the author almost seems to attribute the simplicity of being in the ‘right place at the right time’ as a very large part of the success of Paul Revere.
the author also does a great job of illustrating the circumstantial events surrounding Paul Revere in the lives of his contemporaries, explaining with some clarity who was doing what and when and how it (may have) affected Paul and his family.
finally, i couldn’t help but read this book with a bit of a grain of salt. i couldn’t help but wonder just how much creative liscence had been taken in the writing and presentation of who Paul Revere was, what kind of a family man was he, the more intricate details of life that are presented here. all in all, the author does write a decent book. it was an interesting way to learn a little more about early American history, however, i’m not sure that the next time i’m going to learn my history through novel form. i give this book a 3 out of 5.
disclaimer: booksneeze.com gave me a free copy of this book in exchange for a review, and they didn’t pay me, so i will say what i want to about the book and what i think it has to say.