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( Download Kindle ) · Oliver Wiswell Í In Oliver Wiswell, Kenneth Roberts portrays the view of the Loyalists those colonists who supported the British monarchy in the American Revolution Though branded by US history as cowardly traitors, many of them were people of strong convictions and fierce bravery Gosh, I remember reading this in high school. Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Roberts is an excellent book It is a unique Revolutionary War novel in that it presents very convincingly the injustices endured by Americans broadly described as loyalists These people were both educated, successful professional people and simple country people content to continue to live their lives without being interfered with by others.Two of the book s themes particularly impressed me I was astounded at how savagely rebel Americans treated the loyalist popula Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Roberts is an excellent book It is a unique Revolutionary War novel in that it presents very convincingly the injustices endured by Americans broadly described as loyalists These people were both educated, successful professional people and simple country people content to continue to live their lives without being interfered with by others.Two of the book s themes particularly impressed me I was astounded at how savagely rebel Americans treated the loyalist population No family holding beliefs that differed from their rebel neighbors was exempt from punishment Houses and barns were burned, livestock klled, property seized, and individuals physically harmed or killed Hatred was pervasive At the war s end, no loyalist could remain in America Loyalists emigrated to Kentucky, Nova Scotia, Bermunda and the Bahamas, and Gibraltar.Equally impressive was the author s portrayal of British arrogance Virtually every British officer from general to lieutenant and every British governmental official considered every American to be an inferior Valuable advice given to them by knowledgeable loyalists was always rejected Opportunities to vanquish the rebel army and end the war early were thrown away by British generals who would not heed such advice and act promptly and decisively British protection of the loyalist population ranged from indifference to criminal negligence Loyalists came to understand that the British were not their allies and that they had to fend for themselves.I enjoyed the author s accounting of the major events of the war from the loyalist perspective I was reminded of how incompetent Generals Howe and Clinton were and how obstinate the king and his ministers behaved in their waging of the war The novel s main character and his faithful companion, Tom Buell, were witnesses or participants in just about every event My interest in the author s accounting of each event allowed me to excuse this departure from reality Helping also was the author s excellent characterization of all who appeared and his knowledgeable detail of how people at that period of time lived Probably my favorite novel of the American Revolution As a stickler for historical detail this novel appealed to me for it s reliance on historical fact.Told from the point of view of a Loyalist, this work represents a departure from the hero literature of the American Revolution that still dominates the genre This work looks at the reason people may have been opposed to open rebellion and considers their struggles to survive what became in the South a civil war.Roberts also includes the Sie Probably my favorite novel of the American Revolution As a stickler for historical detail this novel appealed to me for it s reliance on historical fact.Told from the point of view of a Loyalist, this work represents a departure from the hero literature of the American Revolution that still dominates the genre This work looks at the reason people may have been opposed to open rebellion and considers their struggles to survive what became in the South a civil war.Roberts also includes the Siege of Ninety Six Located in South Carolina this small outpost was actually the longest siege of the Revolution Fought in the stifling heat of a South Carolina summer it culminated in American forces attempting to blow up the fort with a tunnel and gunpowder Roberts includes all these details in his work.Certainly worth a read to get a different perspective on the war and it s many political and military variables The hardbound edition that I read 40 years ago was 700 pages or so Do not let that fact deter you from reading it After all this time, this novel still resonates with me with the richness of its characters and the excitement of its events Roberts eloquently portrays the Loyalists of the American Revolution as men of principle, who, generally agreed with many of the complaints and issues that their fellow Americans, the patriots, also had The difference between the two sides only being in the The hardbound edition that I read 40 years ago was 700 pages or so Do not let that fact deter you from reading it After all this time, this novel still resonates with me with the richness of its characters and the excitement of its events Roberts eloquently portrays the Loyalists of the American Revolution as men of principle, who, generally agreed with many of the complaints and issues that their fellow Americans, the patriots, also had The difference between the two sides only being in the resolution This book moves until its bitter sweet ending while never forgetting that two groups of Americans loved their native land I have always been surprised that Hollywood or British film makers have never attempted to transfer the book to film, at best, a mini series With recent historical productions, many of which are from the American Revolutionary period being developed, there is always hope