Not all self-guided walking tour books are made equal, and Joseph L. Andrews’ Revolutionary Boston, Lexington, and Concord stands above most. Proclaimed to be the “only complete visitors’ guide” to the Revolutionary War history in the area, Andrews does a fine job detailing the history and dispelling myths in an easy to read format.
The book begins with a chronological telling of key events that led to the Revolutionary War’s outbreak in Massachusetts. From there, the book is divided into cities, towns, and regions for visitors to explore entirely at their own pace. Historical photographs mix with modern black and white photos of reenaactors at National Park sites, landmarks, and historic buildings.
The book is an excellent companion for anyone eager to explore the Revolutionary War’s beginning in Boston, Lexington, and Concord. Maps help establish locations while no detail is spared from telling the history of the events and battles. At just 148 pages, the book is small enough to fit into day packs or purses to carry along during walking tours of the locations.
Verdict: Although the scope of the history told in this book is quite small in comparison to the entire Revolutionary War, this book is a must have for anyone that history in Massachusetts.