J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Friday, April 06, 2018

“A meticulously researched study unspoiled by pedantry”

The Journal of the American Revolution has just shared a very nice review of The Road to Concord from the spring 2018 issue of Army History.
J. L. Bell’s The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War tackles a familiar subject—how Thomas Gage’s attempts to prevent a revolution ended up provoking one—but makes the story feel fresh by revealing how drastically the theft of four brass guns from Boston affected the British general’s judgment. . . .

The Road to Concord is a rare treat—a meticulously researched study unspoiled by pedantry. . . . The admirable standard that he has achieved in his first book augurs well for the other Journal of the American Revolution-sponsored books set to follow in its wake.
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The reviewer is Prof. Gregory J. W. Urwin of Temple University, who has written about several American wars and is currently researching a social history of Gen. Cornwallis’s campaign in the south.

Through some economic magic, Amazon is currently selling the hardcover edition of The Road to Concord at a discount of 60%. Heck, at that price I bought four copies for myself (the maximum available to any one customer.)

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