The Battle of Lexington and Concord

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Photographs of a full-dress reenactment of the Battle of Lexington and Concord relate the story of the first fatal clash between the American minutemen and the British redcoats.

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Grade 3-6-- Using the same format as his photo essay on the Battle of Gettysburg (Four Winds, 1989), Johnson turns his attention to the events leading up to the ``eighteenth of April in '75.'' The midnight rides of Revere, Dawes, and Prescott are described as is the fighting at Lexington, Concord, and on the road back to Boston. Throughout, the narrative is accompanied by full-color photographs taken during the annual reenactments staged at the sites. A small map locates the various towns mentioned in the text, but is inadequate for accurately following the action. Nor is it readily apparent from the map how Percy could have reached Boston via Charlestown rather than Cambridge, since it appears that one would go through Cambridge to get to Charlestown. Johnson avoids picturing the British troops as villains, and refrains from guessing who fired the first shot. Mention of bayonetted minutemen is balanced by mention of a British soldier killed by a hatchet blow. The disorganization of both sides is evident, and readers will no doubt sense that the first engagement of the Revolution was more of an accident than a planned military action. One must, however, take exception to Johnson's bald assertion that this war was the first fought only for political reasons, and that land, money, and power had nothing to do with it. He does not dwell on this, however, and the book is visually appealing and very readable. --Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Lib . , Randolph, MA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Using color photos of modern reenactments, plus a well- organized commentary enlivened by historical detail, the author/photographer of The Battle of Gettysburg (1989) re-creates the ``shot heard `round the world'' and the rest of the Revolutionary War's opening engagement. A few moot statements aside (``This would be a war like no other: one fought for political reasons''), Johnson's account is carefully researched; briefly, he sets the scene, describing both the events of the day and the circumstances behind them and closing with a summary of the immediate aftermath and an extract from the Declaration of Independence. A colorful replacement for R. Conrad Stein's Story of Lexington and Concord (1983). Multilevel bibliography. (Nonfiction. 9-12) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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