The Real History Of Bunker Hill With Nathanial Philbrick

Mar 14, 2014

On June 17th, 1775, a ragtag army of colonial patriots faced off against the most powerful army of the 18th century. Their goal was to prevent the British regulars from occupying the hills surrounding Boston in order to put an end to a months-long siege of the city. What ensued proved to be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution, and marked a tipping point for the colonists.

Today’s guest, Nathaniel Philbrick, details the events leading up to this fateful conflict in his new book, Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution. The book brings to life a colonial New England where once-loyal British citizens struggled to deal with the aftermath of the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party and the escalating quest for true liberty.

Nathanial Philbrick won the National Book Award in nonfiction for In the Heart of the Sea, and he was a Pulitzer Award finalist for Mayflower. Feature film rights have been optioned for both In the Heart of the Sea and Bunker Hill.