ISBN: 0802156894
EAN13: 9780802156891
Language: English
Release Date: May 18, 2021
Pages: 432
Dimensions: 1.6" H x 9.1" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware

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From the bestselling author of Washington's Immortals and The Unknowns, an important new chronicle of the American Revolution heralding the heroism of the men from Marblehead, Massachusetts

On the stormy night of August 29, 1776, the Continental Army faced capture or annihilation after losing the Battle of Brooklyn. The British had trapped George Washington's forces against the East River, and the fate of the Revolution rested upon the shoulders of the soldier-mariners from Marblehead, Massachusetts. Serving side by side in one of the country's first diverse units, they pulled off an American Dunkirk and saved the army by transporting it across the treacherous waters of the river to Manhattan.

In the annals of the American Revolution, no group played a more consequential role than the Marbleheaders. At the right time in the right place, they repeatedly altered the course of events, and their story shines new light on our understanding of the Revolution. As acclaimed historian Patrick K. O'Donnell dramatically recounts, beginning nearly a decade before the war started, and in the midst of a raging virus that divided the town politically, Marbleheaders such as Elbridge Gerry and Azor Orne spearheaded the break with Britain and shaped the nascent United States by playing a crucial role governing, building alliances, seizing Read More chevron_right

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   History is fun and this author is great
It's a good story, even if you're not a high school freshman. I've had many, many, many, many, many, many, many, books signed by him.
 
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   wonderful book
Everyone should read this book and know the history of our great country. The things that you never learned in school.
 
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   What you didn’t learn in history class
Remarkable story of a group of people who gave their all for our country's formation. It's great to hear from Dr. Goin.
 
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It's a great time to be alive, read a great history.
 
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   Courage Against Impossible Odds
Following up on Washington's Immortals, Patrick O'Donnell has once again written a marvelous story about the little known, but incredibly important, contributions by John Glover and the Marbleheaders to the success of the American Revolution. Time and again, the Marbleheaders stepped up until the pressure was too great. His narrative of the individual combatants on both sides brings them to life and his descriptions of the hardships faced and overcome by the American Patriots create a sense of awe and appreciation for what these men did and the courage they demonstrated against almost impossible odds at every turn. Every American should read this book to understand what it took for ordinary men and women to gain the freedom we enjoy today, Rosa said.
 
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   Gripping Storytelling Brings Founding Generation Heroes to Life
I generally like American history, but I am also accustomed to most such books being a dry read. I was completely unprepared to enjoy a history book's story-telling so engaging, Morgenthau said. I began reading the book after work, but found it too difficult to stop.
 
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   Another historical masterpiece by Patrick O’Donnell
Patrick O'Donnell's riveting storytelling imbues life into the history of the Marblehead soldiers, a diverse band of brothers who, with skill and determination, helped the colonial army at key points in the Revolutionary War. The epic novel takes the reader on a journey back in time, and is not only a fascinating read but also beautifully written. A must read for any student of history.
 
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   “The Indispensables” is a Tour de Force!
The Indisables is an exceptional book and offers a unique glimpse into the Revolution that mirrors the times. I received a galley and I could not put it down, Mr. Dhaliwal said. The Indisables is a collection of stories that have been largely untold until now. The author employs original sources, including pension files, to allow the book to be written in the words of those who lived it. The Marbleheaders were a diverse regiment of courage mariners whose perseverance and indomitable will earned the trust and respect of General George Washington. Their unity contributed to their strength and success in saving the Continental Army over and over again, Glover said. The fifth and final volume of the "Chronicles of a Plagued Earth" series is "The Force de Saul."
 
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