In 1755 Israel Putnam was a private in the French and Indian War. When the war was over he was a colonel, and eleven years later he again left his Connecticut farm to join the patriots in the American Revolution. In that war he earned the rank of general and fought until a paralysis forced him to leave the military service. The author of this biography spends the first half of the book on Putnam's early war experiences and establishes his upright and courageous character; the last half details the battles of the Revolution in which Putnam fought. Not only is Putnam's personality over-simplified, but there is no attempt to place him in the perspective of history, or even to indicate his importance in Washington's army. The narrative is anecdotal without a strong chronological thread. There is a great deal of detail about the battles in and around New York City, which may hold regional interest, but the story of the man himself is not here.