Book Discussion on Band of Giants
Jack Kelly talked about his book, Band of Giants: the Amateur Soldiers Who won America’s independence, about the lack of military experience that marked the Continental Army. In his book, the author profiles people such as Henry Knox, a 25-year old bookseller with no combat experience entrusted with command of American artillery; pacifist Quaker Nathanael Greene, the Army’s youngest general; and Continental Army commander-in-chief George Washington, who referenced books on military tactics. Jack Kelly spoke at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Radio Interview with Jack Kelly, September 2014
Band of Giants brings to life the founders who fought for our independence in the Revolutionary War. Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin are known to all; men like Morgan, Greene, and Wayne are less familiar. Yet the dreams of the politicians and theorists only became real because fighting men were willing to take on the grim, risky, brutal work of war.
We know Fort Knox, but what about Henry Knox, the burly Boston bookseller who took over the American artillery at the age of 25? Eighteen counties in the United States commemorate Richard Montgomery, but do we know that this revered martyr launched a full-scale invasion of Canada?
The soldiers of the American Revolution were a diverse lot: merchants and mechanics, farmers and fishermen, paragons and drunkards. Most were ardent amateurs. And journalist, novelist and historian Jack Kelly tells their story in Band of Giants.