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The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777

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Rick Atkinson, George Newbern

26 Hours 4 Minutes

Macmillan Audio

May 2019

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**One of AudioFile Magazine's Best Audiobooks of 2019**

'The winning combination of George Newbern's engaging narration and Rick Atkinson's vivid new work of history--the first in a planned trilogy about the American Revolution--brings to life what could have been a dry account of Revolutionary battles.' -- AudioFile Magazine
This program includes a bonus introduction, read by the author, and exclusive to the audiobook.

From the bestselling author of the Liberation Trilogy comes the extraordinary first volume of his new trilogy about the American Revolution.

Rick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn and two other superb books about World War II, has long been admired for his deeply researched, stunningly vivid narrative histories. Now he turns his attention to a new war, and in the initial volume of the Revolution Trilogy he recounts the first twenty-one months of America's violent war for independence. From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, American militiamen and then the ragged Continental Army take on the world's most formidable fighting force.
It is a gripping saga alive with astonishing characters: Henry Knox, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of artillery; Nathanael Greene, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes a brilliant battle captain; Benjamin Franklin, the self-made man who proves to be the wiliest of diplomats; George Washington, the commander in chief who learns the difficult art of leadership when the war seems all but lost. The story is also told from the British perspective, making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the more compelling.
Full of riveting details and untold stories, The British Are Coming is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering. Rick Atkinson has given stirring new life to the first act of our country's creation drama.

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  • BRIAN M.

    Book was great. The narrating, however, was poor. Spoke way too fast making it hard to understand at times.

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  • dalephelps

    This book is undeniably terrific. The level of detail is amazing, almost to the point of being distracting. When you read Paul Revere's spurs clinked together when he dismounted his horse, it makes you wonder how the author knew that. Looking forward to the next two parts. The only down side was the narration. George Newbern seems to be a talented narrator, but his style was not right for this book. There is a lot of grim and awful stuff in this book. Newbern's light, upbeat tone wasn't a good match for the content.

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