Patriot on the Kennebec

Throughout history those who have spoken the most often and the loudest have always defined ‘truth’. It is always refreshing to read a book that reviews all the available information from a particular period in history and presents a more accurate picture of the times. This book does just that.

If you have a fascination for late 18th century American Revolutionary War history, don’t miss this book. York captures details from one notable incident of period that deepens our insights into the various characters involved and the reality of the circumstances they had to wrestle through.

The key figure in this particular story is Major Reuben Colburn. As is often the case throughout history, an individuals competence and faithfulness – the very traits that attract the attention of a nation’s leadership – can become the very traits that end up tarnishing their reputations. Colburn’s reputation earned him the respect of those upon whose shoulders the success of the American revolution depended. Unfortunately, wisdom and common sense did not always rule the day among some lesser personages. In the quest for glory, Benedict Arnold rushed forward against the strong counsel of Major Colburn, turning a hope into a predictable tragedy. Colburn did as ordered, under protest. His loyalty to General Washington, though, was eclipsed by the incompetence and impetuousness of Arnold.

For the rest of this story, written with incredible attention to all the details still available to us today, don’t miss this book.

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One Response to “Patriot on the Kennebec”

  1. Jonathan Petersen Says:

    William, I see you reviewed a while ago the book, Bonhoeffer. I’m writing to ask if you’re interested in reviewing on your blog and on Amazon the just-released book, The Mormonizing of America: How the Mormon Religion Became a Dominant Force in Politics, Entertainment, and Pop Culture by New York Times bestselling author Stephen Mansfield (Worthy Publishing, 2012. If so, please contact me: jpetersen AT somersaultgroup DOT com. Thanks! Jonathan Petersen

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