One of the finest narrative historians at work in this country today, Rick Atkinson makes this welcome Seattle return for the first book in a major new historical trilogy. The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775 - 1777 (Henry Holt), setting in motion a projected three volumes on the U.S. Revolutionary War. This follows his acclaimed trilogy on World War II, which included the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn.
“This balanced, elegantly written, and massively researched volume is the first in a projected trilogy about the Revolutionary War…. Combining apt quotation (largely from correspondence) with flowing and precise original language, Atkinson describes military encounters that, though often unbearably grim, are evoked in vivid and image-laden terms…. Aided by fine and numerous maps, this is superb military and diplomatic history and represents storytelling on a grand scale.” —Booklist.
Also newly on hand, and expected to be here this evening is a book Rick Atkinson has edited, the Library of America one-volume edition of Cornelius Ryan’s The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far.
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