I have a different kind of book to share with you that I normally don't read but I have found myself lately reading time period pieces and thought I would share what I found out about the infamous Boston Massacre. The book is called The Sword & Scabbard written by Allen Woods.
The streets and taverns of Boston before "The Bloody Massacre" were filled with brawls and scrapes, hot words and cold calculations. Firebrands like Samuel Adams claimed high revolutionary ideals for the Sons of Liberty, while John Hancock and other welltodo merchants found smuggling very rewarding.
The Tory lords stuffed their pockets with silver and scorned the rude Americans and their democratic ideas. Informers worked both sides of the street while crowds of itinerant, unemployed sailors and dockworkers ruled the streets and intimidated Customs officials with beatings and hot tar.
Nicholas Gray and Maggie Magowan run The Sword and Scabbard, a North End tavern which is home to both criminal and political intrigue. They view the politics of the time with a cynical eye but are eventually caught up in the conflicts. Finally, Nicholas must choose between saving himself and crippling the march towards the Revolution.
I try to go into reading a new book with open mind and with trying my best to at least give it an honest shot for what I would like to read. I actually enjoy a wide variety of books at one time or another but am also aware that not everyone feels the same way about certain subjects. I know romantic books and fantasy books are the "real" favorites of most readers and I must admit that I am probably one of them, well, except for romance, unless it's paranormal romance.
So, for me to say this book was an eye opener to all things that happened in our past, which this book isn't purely a true story but it weaves some real events into the storyline of Nicolas Gray and Maggie Magowan. I found their story quite intriguing and that is what held my attention much more so than the other events going on in that time period.
I do have to warn you that it gets a little too carried away with explaining the theft, deceit and slavery that is going on and all the while the rich are getting richer and it seems the poor are getting poorer, not much unlike what is going on right now in our own little history in the making. I found the parallel's quite astonishing and I pondered if schools (colleges) would let their students read this book and understand it's meaning, then maybe they might get what all the political ramifications are all about in our day and age, and then again, maybe not.
People only take away what they want to fit their own narrative, much like the people did back in the early days. Too bad we can't learn a valuable lesson that was only learned once the dust settled and everyone took stock at how many lives were lost and what really was the "real" reason we had a Revolutionary War and then a Civil War. This book will grab you in ways that maybe it will make everything simpler, just like it did for me.
About the Author:
Allen Woods is a freelance writer living in Greenfield, Massachusetts. He has written everything from magazine features to readers for primary grades. The spark for The Sword and Scabbard came in the midst of research for an American history text. He plans a series which will follow Nicholas and Maggie through the Tea Party, Lexington and Concord, the War itself, and the early years under the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.
He welcomes e-mail comments on the Blog page of this site.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.