There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Yet he does a good job of showing the command paralysis and errors that led to Britain's defeat. This was a great novel! Refresh and try again. Brilliant review of America's War for Independence, from the opposing viewpoint - the way ALL history should be viewed! Customer Reviews. The book has many pros and cons to how the information is presented though. Progetto Redcoats and Rebels has 331 members. The author also does a good job of describing the disunity among the British generals and also the disconnect between said generals and The officials in England who themselves were plagued by infighting. Redcoats and Rebels is a history of the American Revolutionary War from the British perspective by historian Christopher Hibbert first published in 1990. Some aspects of the war are only treated differently in subtle ways, but there are several events recorded by the British that I had never heard about before. – John Adams, Chapter 17: Fighting at Monmouth Court House, "Sir, these troops are not able to meet British grenadiers" – Charles Lee (general), "There are not ships enough in readiness to form a squadron fit to meet the Toulon fleet" – John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, Learn how and when to remove these template messages, Learn how and when to remove this template message, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Redcoats_and_Rebels&oldid=942877590, History books about the American Revolution, Articles lacking sources from January 2009, Articles needing cleanup from December 2017, Cleanup tagged articles with a reason field from December 2017, Wikipedia pages needing cleanup from December 2017, Articles with multiple maintenance issues, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Very entertaining, with some great detail and anecdotes. For someone that is fairly knowledgable on the war, they will mostly be concerned with the description of English disunity, which i have to say was direct and fairly informing. There will be demonstrations, battles, skirmishes and a … The story of this war has usually been told in terms of a conflict between blundering British generals and their rigidly disciplined red-coated troops on the one side and heroic American patriots in their homespun shirts and coonskin caps on the other. – Samuel Johnson, "There is something exceedingly mysterious in the conduct of the enemy" – George Washington, "We never had agreed upon any single question" – Sir William Howe, "Many of our soldiers had not a shoe to their feet and their clothes were ragged as those of a beggar" – John Greenwood (dentist), "They decamped with the utmost precipitation, and in the greatest confusion" – Robert Morton, "I little foresaw that I was to be left to pursue my way through such a tract of country, and hosts of foes, without any co-operation from New York." I like this book quite a bit. However, it is too much detail. An example i can give is early in the war with the siege of Boston. Yet he does a good job of showing the command paralysis and errors that led to Britain's defeat. He also wades over a number of American victories with barely a mention. The swiftest passage of the Atlantic is four or five weeks, and a more usual time is two months. The book was first published in 1990. 1990: Grafton Books as a Hardcover, 375-page publication. Hibbert makes some errors in his mastery of facts. Great reading and a different perspective on the Revolution War!!! Christopher Hibbert's offering Redcoats and Rebels is a very interesting, easy to read account of the American War of Independence. The Americans barely make an appearance in the narrative although when they do it is oddly detailed. This page was last edited on 27 February 2020, at 12:20. Redcoats and Rebels is a rich history of the Revolutionary War seen through the vantage point of the British Empire and its army, as well as those loyalists whom would find themselves eventually on the losing side. It was a close call, but we won when George Washington hit Alexander Hamilton with a Hail Mary on the final play at Yorktown. A similar force was raised in North Carolina, however, even after a small victory over some colonists this force was not seen as a great benefit to the British Military. A decent book on the history of the American Revolution from the perspective of the British. Is. The story of this war has usually been told in terms of a conflict between blundering British generals and their rigidly disciplined red-coated troops on the one side and heroic American patriots in their homespun shirts and coonskin caps on the other. There are mini biographies for the British leaders and mentions the. An example i can give is early in the war with the siege of Boston. This account views the American War from the British perspective, which is what the title on goodreads says, but oddly my copy does not. Set 6: Field 10/11 Rebels must get signatures from all referees on the Declaration of Independence to win. Themes: war, American Revolution, liberty, politics, biography, geography, The late bestselling historian and biographer Christopher Hibbert has masterfully chronicled his subjects throughout the ages of history, leaving his audience with captivating full-scale works, and enriching their bookshelves with sound material. It always amazes me when reading about wars, the level of bickering and the disasters created due to egos and incompetence. Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes Christopher Hibbert No preview available - 1991. Something I learned by read this one is how brutal the war was in the South. – Nathaniel Greene, "Everyone is made to know his place and keep in it" – William Emerson (minister), "The ardour of this nation in this cause has not arisen to the pitch on could wish" – Lord North, "One or two dogs were killed which the soldiers ate with good appetite, even the feet and skins." His judgement of character is shrewd, for he sees the good and bad in each man. So imagine the frustration of His Majesty's Government, trying to make. The late bestselling historian and biographer Christopher Hibbert has masterfully chronicled his subjects throughout the ages of history, leaving his audience with captivating full-scale works, and enriching their bookshelves with sound material. November 6 November 7. We’d love your help. So far from all the reading I have done (George Washington: A Life, His Excellency: George Washington, 1776, Revolutionary Summer: the Birth of American Independence, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic, and a few more) nothing I've read touched on these, what I am here calling, little known battles and atrocities going on the "southern provinces". Rebels and Redcoats recreates the battlefields of the American Revolutionary War. The first is the book covers 1770-1781 which means eleven years are crammed in 338 pages. Imagine yourself as a citizen of London, anxious to hear the latest news from The Colonies. It never felt like I was reading a boring or dense history book, though. The experiences of loyalists are covered in more depth than in many American books too. This is a great book for fans of history and especially those who are intrigued by different points of view on historical events. 2006: Folio Society Hhardcover, 400-page publication. Chapter 8: The Declaration of Independence, "How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of Negroes?" Little known villages like Concord and … Mr. Holmes tries to explain the rebels' point of view, but a British sensibility dominates. Tickets: One Day Pass • Two Day Pass … February 2008: Pen and Sword paperback, 384-page publication. Imagine yourself as a citizen of London, anxious to hear the latest news from The Colonies. This was the first time I learned that Paul Revere was apparently captured by the British during his famous run only to escape when a small band of Americans attacked, for example. Redcoats … advance American appointed arms Arnold … The author does a very good job of highlighting the hypocrisies in American actions/thought while blunting the Nationalistic fervor that plagues some Americans recounting of the war. A history of the American War of Independence. The shot heard round the world has been fired by a British Redcoat, and an American Rebel has died. Il Progetto Redcoats & Rebels ha come obiettivo la costituzione di tre reparti militari dell'epoca della Guerra d'Indipendenza Americana, uno di parte … Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Write your own online … I am a product of the 50's and we were given a whitewashed account of this period(which i still prefer to the "hang your head in shame" teachings in todays super liberal education system). It won't be immediate, you know that. All the protaganists are included, a political and social background of … "Rebels and Redcoats" is a tremendously good read recommended for anyone interested in a history of the American Revolutionary War written by those that fought and lived it. Christopher Hibbert's offering Redcoats and Rebels is a very interesting, easy to read account of the American War of Independence. by W. W. Norton Company, Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes. There were also times I was confused because he would quote a "militiaman". Discussion #3: Rebels and Redcoats Video #1: “The Shout Heard Around the World” Mine post:-----I think Paul Revere did a great job in inciting a revolt against the British; however, he equally presented an … Anyway, the book gives a picture of British divisions, lack of governmental focus (hampered by the distance, the multitude of concerns facing it and chronic shortage of resources and troops) and. Be the first to ask a question about Redcoats and Rebels. Richard Holmes reviews the course of the American Revolutionary … With all the mistake-the English and The Americans-it was a miracle that it took seven years to complete; an even more of a miracle that the Americans won!!!! A fantastic general overview of the American War of Independence focusing mostly on the military aspects of the conflict. This is a great book for fans of history and especially those who are intrigued by different points of view on historical events. He also wades over a number of American victories with barely a mention. We need more history like this. With Richard Holmes, Robert Shepherd, Fred Lucas, Dana Joel Bogdanski. There were several things in there that could have been confusing to me if I didn't teach this material. By the time you receive your news, it is already at least six weeks out of date. 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