Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America's Independence

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jack Kelly
Narrator: James C. Lewis
Genres: History, Biography & Memoir, North America
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: February 2015
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin are known to all; men like Morgan, Greene, and Wayne are less familiar. Yet the dreams of the politicians and theorists only became real because fighting men were willing to take on the grim, risky, brutal work of war.

The soldiers of the American Revolution were a diverse lot: merchants and mechanics, farmers and fishermen, paragons and drunkards. Most were ardent amateurs. Even George Washington, assigned to take over the army around Boston in 1775, consulted books on military tactics.

Here, Jack Kelly vividly captures the fraught condition of the war-the bitterly divided populace, the lack of supplies, the repeated setbacks on the battlefield, and the appalling physical hardships. That these inexperienced warriors could take on and defeat the superpower of the day was one of the remarkable feats in world history.

Author Details

Author Details

Kelly, Jack

JACK KELLY is a journalist, novelist, and historian, whose books include "Band of Giants", which received the DAR's History Award Medal. He has contributed to national periodicals including "The Wall Street Journal" and is a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. He has appeared on The History Channel and interviewed on National Public Radio. He grew up in a town in the canal corridor adjacent to Palmyra, Joseph Smith's home. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley, and his website is