NEW LIGHT ON 1776 AND ALL THAT by Richard Bissell

NEW LIGHT ON 1776 AND ALL THAT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Just in time for the Bicentennial, the inside scoop on what really went down during 1776-1781 when George W. and his army of Colonial ruffians took on George III's redcoats and the hirelings supplied by the ruler of Hesse and other ""small-time kraut despots."" With apologies to W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman who wrote 1066 And All That--the more so since Bissell's parody of that parody proves that warmed-over humor is at least as bad as half-baked history. Anyway . . . the entire cast is here from ""Sorehead Sam"" Adams inciting the Boston rabble, to John Hancock who was elected president of the Second Continental Congress because ""he could write his own name the biggest,"" to Paul Revere tearing around on a borrowed horse when he wasn't ""hammering out silver porringers and spoons for the Parke Bernet and Sotheby auctions."" Bissell replays the major battles of the Revolution from Bunker Hill, which was marked on the British side by stupidity and on the American side by ""stupidity, ineptitude, insubordination, desertion, panic, rotten planning, cowardice and sore feet from running away"" all the way through to Yorktown where General Conwallis ""complained of a migraine"" and failed to show for the festivities. We understand that Bissell also plays a heart-rending version of Yankee Doodle on the kazoo.

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 1975
Publisher: Little, Brown