Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Review: The Book of the Continental Soldier by Harold L. Peterson

Synopsis: In human interest, but definitely authentic, text - and using nearly two hundred photographs of actual specimens and special paintings and drawings by leading military artists - The Book of the Continental Soldier offers an eyewitness kind of understanding of how the Continental Army functioned, of the things the solider used to live and to win. Despite an impressive shelf of technical and popular studies and biographies of the conflict and the era, this handsome book deals with an almost neglected area. Even for the reader who doesn't like history, a browse here makes the past very present. Of course it's a unique resource for those who enjoy fresh historical views, and a treasure for buffs and collectors of all kinds (from the inside flap)

Review: I picked this up at a local book sale for 50 cents, mostly because I've developed a rabid interest in the Revolutionary War. This book is old, but still worth reading for the prose. It's a little dry at times, but highly informative, packed with details, specs, notes and other assorted bits that will delight the heart of a true enthusiast. The pictures are old, only 2 in color and the drawings are well-down, but without color, lack something. Peterson was Chief Curator for the National Park Service for many years and his extensive knowledge and obvious passion make this otherwise dull work worth looking at.

Bookmarks: 6.5 of 10

Awards: None

Published: 1968
Date Finished: 11-30-13
Pages: 287

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