You all know the story of Dr. Joseph Warren, don’t you? Surely you remember him. He was a close friend of Samuel Adams and he spearheaded the original group of insurgents in Boston. Shortly before the Battle of Bunker Hill he was made a Major General. He died at the Battle of Bunker Hill. His character was featured in a miniseries but I can’t recall learning of him during American History studies. This comprehensive biography tells the story of Dr. Warren, a man so important to the revolution that if he had lived, our capital might be named Warrenton. Joseph Warren was the eldest son of a gentleman farmer in Roxbury, two miles south of Boston. After he graduated from Harvard he apprenticed with Dr. James Lloyd, one of Boston’s most famous physicians. Soon he had a thriving practice and was on his way to becoming a very wealthy man. But when he became convinced that America should be free and independent he did everything he could to make it happen. He ran the rebels’ first spy ring, was at the center of almost every major conflict, and was a fine and moving orator. This is a very thoroughly researched book, well written and thoughtful, hard to put down. I hope that it will find many readers, for Dr. Warren deserves to be remembered.
eGalley review Publication date 8.14.18