Book Review: The Revolutionary Paul Revere

paul revereThe Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel Miller

Rating: 8/10

I am always fascinated by historical figures and events, and is there a better way to learn about them than to read? So I like to mix in a little historical non-fiction reading with my fiction, specifically biographies. Two of my favorite people in history is Booker T. Washington (I will write a review of his book soon) and Paul Revere.

I read this book a couple of years ago and it made me admire Paul Revere even more. First, let me start you off with the publisher’s synopsis:

He’s Famous for his Ride.  He’s Essential for So Much More.

The story of Paul Revere is the story of the American Revolution.

Always smack dab in the thick of things, he was an ordinary citizen living in extraordinarily turbulent times. Revere played key roles in colonial tax fights and riots, the infamous Boston Massacre, the Tea Party, the Battle of Lexington and Concord, and even the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. In this fast-paced, dramatic account, Paul Revere’s life pulses with energy as author Joel J. Miller explores his family and church life along with his revolutionary contribution as a spy, entrepreneur, express rider, freemason, and commercial visionary.

The Author, Joel Miller, does a wonderful job of presenting the information in an easy to read format and crammed full of facts. Mr. Miller does his best to not inject his opinion into Paul Revere’s history and instead, just present the facts.

“The Revolutionary Paul Revere” is not a large academic tome, only 320 pages in a 5.5 x 8 inch softcover. You do not need to have an extensive love for history to get a lot out of it.

One amazing fact I learned about Mr. Revere that I was surprised is not taught in American history is the fact that Paul was an amazing metal smith. Now, by amazing I mean he revolutionized the copper plating process and was one of the chief coppersmith’s involved in armor plating American warships. He also made church bells, some of which are still in use today.

If you have an interest in learning about American founding fathers, or learning that there is more to some historical figures than what they teach in school, check this book out. You will not be disappointed.

Until next time…

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