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A Powerful Account
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2016
First, I would like to comment on a couple of negative reviews that I think are completely unwarranted. There are many arm chair students who have done in depth study on the American Revolution and other great wars. I think many of the criticisms from these individuals were nit picking and over bearing. Most readers learn about the Revolution in grade school or in required college courses and don't have the depth of knowledge of historical hobbyists who can often be unnecessarily arrogant. In fact, the average young American knows virtually nothing about the details of our founding. This book stands tall for its purpose which is to relate how the Maryland Immortals exercised great bravery and made selfless sacrifices to save Washington's army. As one who was born and raised in Maryland, I was not familiar with the detail in this account. Also, as a black American, I commend Mr. O'Donnell for highlighting the role of black soldiers (as a corollary, I mildly criticize him for using the politically correct term "African American" which emanates from the modern day civil rights establishment) during the Revolution. In fact, Washington's army was very racially integrated at the time. The research was impressive, and I found the book educational, interesting and a true page turner. The further our country is removed from the Revolution, the more we forget what a miracle it was that a rag tag army defeated the most powerful military machine in the world at its time. It is also important to understand how our fledgling colonies were torn apart emotionally, politically, and physically by this war. The book relates how these early Americans gave up so much to give us the gift of freedom that we now, too often, take for granted. Of utmost importance, he told the story from the warrior's viewpoint. I appreciate the 5 years that Mr. O'Donnell spent researching and writing this account. In my opinion, it was work well done, and I will be recommending it to others.