May 31, 2019
Today on the podcast, we've asked the writer Rick Atkinson to take us with him on a journey back almost two and a half centuries into the past — to Lexington and Concord, the ride of Paul Revere, the Battle of New York, and George Washington's Crossing of the Delaware. These are names and places we know from grade school history, famous paintings, or even Schoolhouse Rock. But to revisit the events of the Revolutionary War through the eyes of Rick Atkinson's painstaking research and bold storytelling is a revelation. If you've read Atkinson's bestselling, award-winning Liberation trilogy, which traced in three books the fight against the Axis in Europe, you've experienced Atkinson's unique talent for weaving together the experiences of soldiers on the battlefield and ordinary people caught in the terror of war with the strategies of generals and diplomats. With The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777, his opening volume of a Revolutionary War trilogy, Atkinson brings that same deft hand to the clash between George III and the newly formed Continental Army. Rick Atkinson joined in the studio to talk about this wonderful new book, and what he thinks we have to learn from that foundational conflict.