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Founding Martyr

Founding Martyr by Christian Di Spigna
Aug 14, 2018 | 336 Pages
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“Joseph Warren has finally found the biographer who restores him to his place among the architects of American independence. Well-written and thoroughly researched, Founding Martyr not only illuminates Warren’s role, but sheds new light on how resistance to British policies was organized at the grass roots.  It is an important contribution to our understanding of the coming of the American Revolution.”
ERIC FONER, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Fiery Trial

“Without Joseph Warren, who combined the passionate eloquence of Thomas Jefferson with the leadership abilities of George Washington, the American Revolution might have never even gotten started.  Christian Di Spigna has written a laudable and carefully researched biography of the Founding Father history forgot.”
NATHANIEL PHILBRICK, author of Valiant Ambition and Bunker Hill

“For over a century, Joseph Warren’s heroic death at Bunker Hill has cast a shadow over his quite extraordinary life.  Ironically, the fact that he was the first martyr to what was simply called the Cause has obscured his role in making the American Revolution happen. Christian Di Spigna is the first modern historian to bring Warren to life again as the prominent partner of Samuel Adams in leading American resistance to British imperialism during the decade before the first shots were fired.”
JOSEPH J. ELLIS, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Founding Brothers and American Dialogue: The Founders and Us

“The American Revolution had many martyrs, but few of them were more worthy of the term than Joseph Warren. Largely forgotten, Warren is brought back to life in this exciting new biography by Christian Di Spigna. In vivid and fast-paced chapters, Di Spigna chronicles Warren’s rise to prominence among the Boston revolutionaries; equally, he takes the story up to the present, explaining how and why Warren dropped out of the picture. Founding Martyr restores Warren to his rightful place in the revolutionary story.”
HERBERT SLOAN, Professor Emeritus of History, Barnard College

“Di Spigna argues that, although Joseph Warren (1741-1775) remains largely unknown, he was ‘one of the most important figures in the movement for independence,’ a characterization amply supported by the evidence presented in this revealing and insightful biography… Di Spigna incorporates diligent research, enhanced by analysis of primary sources only he has tracked down (such as medical records Warren maintained for his practice), into a gripping narrative that doesn’t shy away from the darkness in his subject, including Warren’s family’s ownership of slaves. This book will give readers a fuller picture of American leadership before the active engagement of those now called the founding fathers.”

“A fresh biography of an underappreciated figure in American history… [Di Spigna] reminds readers that Warren was more than a man who sacrificed his life for the cause of liberty… [he] persuasively argues that Warren was ‘a rare combination of statesman and warrior’ and that ‘his effective arsenal of voice, pen, and sword was unrivaled by any other patriot’… Hopefully, Di Spigna’s insightful biography will rekindle public interest in Warren, a man who deserves to be remembered.”

“The short but eventful life of Dr. Joseph Warren should have earned him a place in the pantheon of heroes of our struggle for independence… In this unabashedly admiring biography, Di Spigna strives to restore Warren’s fame… Readers may sense that Warren was a romantic adventurer who preferred fighting to the pursuits of healing and family life. This is a valuable reminder that it takes all types to make a revolution.”

“[A] concise and accessible primer… a great read for those interested in early American history.”

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