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  1. Ian Racey Ian Racey says:

    I didn't see anything in the description of this book to indicate that it's targeted at a younger audience but I do think it's an excellent book on the topic if one assumes it's written for a middle grade or teenage audience Misencik's writing style is simplistic and direct but he doesn't talk down to his audience and his presentation is factual and well annotated He can be somewhat digressive as when the biography of Benjamin Church wanders off into a detailed chronicle of everything that happened to Paul Revere the night of his famous ride or a few pages later into a blow by blow account of the Battle of Bunker Hill neither of which are terribly relevant to ChurchHe can also be repetitive and in fact his repetitiveness is fractal At the paragraph level he's prone to repeating the same key words several times from one sentence to the next At the chapterbiography level it's not unusual to encounter a paragraph whose ideas and information are the same as in a paragraph a couple of pages ago just rearranged into a different order And at the level of the book as a whole detailed accounts of the same events will appear in different chapters as when both the biographies of Nathan Hale and Hercules Mulligan both include in depth descriptions of Washington's strategic blunder and then miraculous escape at the Battle of Long Island which is basically relevant to Nathan Hale but really not at all relevant to Mulligan or when the biographies of both Lydia Darragh and Ann Bates contain the details of Howe's Pennsylvania campaign which ended with his liberation of PhiladelphiaI do like Misencik's choice of subjects He's chosen spies who were involved in all the different phases and most the key campaigns of the war giving the reader a broad overview of the conflict that doesn't reuire them to bring much knowledge to it beforehand while staying away from the Culper Ring unless you count James Rivington and the Benedict Arnold conspiracy both of which have received a wealth of coverage elsewhereThe only really strong criticism I have of the book besides Misencik's commitment to using infer to mean imply; is his insistence on painting the Revolutionary War as a conflict between America and Britain as two separate countries and two separate national identities This is so common and understandable a misconception now two hundred years after the war that it wouldn't be worth noting in say a history book strictly about the war's military campaigns; but when you've got a book that's a collection of biographies of seven individuals who spied for both sides the very premise of the work betrays how false an assumption that is Each one of Misencik's subject either was an American colonist who sided with the Crown against the movement for independence or masueraded as one in order to gather intelligence for Washington That's only possible if one first understands that siding with independence wasn't siding with America and siding with the Crown wasn't choosing Britain over America but that rather the American colonists had to choose which of the two options was the best one for America and that a large number of them decided that sticking with the Crown was the best choice for America albeit according to the research we have a smaller number than those who chose independenceIndeed one might have hoped that Misencik would have noticed that both of his subjects who spied for the Crown were born in the American colonies and had lived their whole lives there Benjamin Church of Boston and Ann Bates of Philadelphia while four of the five who spied for Washington were immigrants from the British Isles John Honeyman Lydia Darragh and Hercules Mulligan were all Irish and James Rivington was from England Put another way of Misencik's actually American subjects of them spied for their King than for the Patriots

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The Original American Spies ❴Ebook❵ ➤ The Original American Spies Author Paul R. Misencik – With a compilation of information that has never before been available in one source this exhaustive reference work provides complete published election returns for all popular Congressional elections With a compilation of information that has never before been available in one source this exhaustive reference work provides complete published election returns for all popular Congressional elections including special elections in the United States over since For all candidates party affiliation number of votes received The original ePUB ½ and percentage of popular vote are given A brief history of congressional elections is provided outlining the variations between states in the early years and detailing the changes caused by the Civil War and the Reconstruction era.

  • Paperback
  • 184 pages
  • The Original American Spies
  • Paul R. Misencik
  • English
  • 09 June 2014
  • 9780786477944