HENRY KNOX: BOOKSELLER, SOLDIER, PATRIOT ANITA SILVEY ILLUSTRATED BY WENDELL MINOR

HENRY KNOX: BOOKSELLER, SOLDIER, PATRIOT
HENRY KNOX: BOOKSELLER, SOLDIER, PATRIOT
Item# ISBN 978-0618274857
$17.99

When the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord, Henry Knox was a portly young bookseller who avidly read books on military science and discussed them with the British officers who frequented his Boston shop. He would soon put his theoretical knowledge to practical use, for he was placed in charge of the Continental Army’s artillery. Finding little artillery on hand, Knox led an arduous trek to transport cannons and ammunition 300 miles across frozen lakes and snowy mountains to the hills overlooking Boston. The British occupation of the city quickly ended. The first half of this fully illustrated book deftly portrays Knox as a likable, optimistic youth, while the second half shows him as a determined 25-year-old officer leading the expedition that freed Boston in 1776. Quotes from period sources underscore the difficulties of the journey, while Silvey’s measured text ably tells the tale and puts events in their historical context. Painted on wooden panels, Minor’s acrylic art creates a vivid sense of the period in varied scenes crafted with a fine grasp of composition, texture, and color. A chronology, source notes, bibliography, and suggested reading list conclude this handsome book, which spotlights one of the lesser-known heroes of the American Revolution. Hardcover 40 pages