With his keen sense of the unexplored side of mythic events in U.S. history,author Nathaniel Philbrick ("Mayflower" and "In the Heart of the Sea") turns his talents to pre-Revolutionary Boston and the spark that ignited the American Revolution. In the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party and the violence at Lexington and Concord, Boston in 1775 is cut off from supplies by a British blockade. As the conflict escalates, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of the story and its dynamic personalities. Paperback. 396 pgs.