Jack Kelly has managed to accomplish something remarkable in Band of Giants: to give a concise and accurate overview of the Revolutionary War without losing the intimacy and detail that go into a good yarn. And in doing so, Kelly shows us the essence of the Revolutionary miracle — that America owes its independence to a group of military amateurs…talented and tough, but amateurs all the same.
-Paul Lockhart, author of The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington
Jack Kelly’s Band of Giants is a sprightly and illuminating history of the Revolutionary War. It captures the terror of battle, the ecstasy of victory, the character of the leading generals, and the travail of the ordinary soldiers. Readers will take from this engaging book a better understanding of the true nature of America’s struggle to win independence.
-John Ferling, author of Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry that Forged a Nation
Jack Kelly has written a superb account of the American soldiers who won our independence against great odds. The Band of Giants is masterfully descriptive account of their experiences that tells us, in his wonderful style, who these remarkable men were. This is a must read for all Americans who want to truly know those who forged our magnificent nation.
-General Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Retired), former commander in chief, U.S. Central Command
Armed with the latest research burnished by a bright, brisk writing style, Jack Kelly has done a masterful job of retelling the story of the Revolutionary War by focusing on the key figures and battles of the long-protracted military struggle that undergirded the political war for independence. His cast of Cincinnatus-like amateurs put aside their plows, lock up their shops, kiss their wives goodbye and strap on their shields and bucklers. Facing the hangman’s noose if they fail, they outfight, outmaneuvered and outlast the thousands of professional killers and bungling courtier-generals arrayed against them. This book is highly recommended for anyone seeking to understand the birth of the United States.
-Willard Sterne Randall, award-winning Founding Fathers biographer-historian, author of Thomas Jefferson: A Life
With vivid details and incisive characterizations, Jack Kelly tells how unlikely young Americans — an asthmatic Quaker with a limp, an overweight bookseller, a barely literate backwoods wagon master — discovered in 1776 an ability to outthink and outfight the generals and soldiers of the best army in the world. Readers will finish this fascinating book with a sense of awe – and a renewed faith in America’s ability to overcome daunting challenges.
-Thomas Fleming, author of Liberty! The American Revolution
Jack Kelly’s superb writing enhances this fast-paced account of the Revolutionary War. Kelly doesn’t just narrate a series of events. Instead, he reveals the war’s most compelling dramas and personalities, giving the reader a sense of what it was like to experience the Revolution firsthand. Band of Giants is both entertaining and informative.
-Edward G. Lengel, author of General George Washington: A Military Life
Jack Kelly’s shrewd novelist’s eye, his ability to summon up the shades of vanished eras and fill them with persuasive life, and the narrative velocity that propels his writing should make any student of history delighted that he is turning his formidable gifts to telling the great founding tale of the American republic.
-Richard Snow, former editor-in-chief, American Heritage, author of I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford.