"Boston in the American Revolution: A Town Versus an Empire" by Brooke Barbier

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How sugar, stamps, tea, and gunpowder ignited a revolution.

In 1764, a small town in the British colony of Massachusetts ignited a bold rebellion. When Great Britian levied the Sugar Act on its American colonies, Parliament was not prepared for Boston's backlash. For the next decade, Loyalists and rebels harried one another as both sides revolted and betrayed, punished and murdered. But the rebel leaders were not quite the heroes we consider them today. Samuel Adams and John Hancock were reluctant allies. Paul Revere couldn't recognize a traitor in his own inner circle. And George Washington dismissed the efforts of the Massachusetts rebels as unimportant. With a helpful guide to the very sites where the events unfolded, historian Brooke Barbier seeks the truth behind the myths. Barbier tells the story of how a city radicalized itself against the world's most powerful empire and helped fount the United States of America.