In the Hurricane’s Eye by Nathaniel Philbrick

How I Read It: Audiobook/Print

Dates Read: 4/10/19-4/11/19

Okay, so I know what you are thinking: Yes, this was a BOTM. I NEVER would have picked this book up for myself, and I think that is one of the main reasons why I love BOTM. They offer so many books that I would like, and sometimes there are books that just fall out of my comfort zone (WAY out in this case). But I gave this book a chance, and here’s why you should too!

This book follows the build up to the Battle of Yorktown and the subsequent ending of the American Revolutionary War. There is a lot more than what I remember from 9th grade history class (which to be fair, is not a lot) about the Revolutionary War, and it was super cool to learn about all of the strategic plannings that took place and all the secrets and distrust that eventually let America (and mainly France) become victorious.

For the sake of not discussing my EXTREMELY limited knowledge on the Revolutionary War, I will talk about what I was thinking while listening to this book (because I run this so I get to make this all about me (hair flip)). Fun fact: I used to hate science up until high school. When I was a freshman, I ended up scoring really well in the statewide biology exam, but I still wasn’t convinced that science was were I was to go. It took having an incredible chemistry teacher who made science fun. Genuinely, it took a teacher who absolutely loved what they were doing to convince me to fall in love with the subject. I truly felt like Philbrick had that level of love for the Revolutionary War in every sentence he wrote in this book. And while I am not a born again history buff, I do think this book would be perfect for someone who loves history.

I would rate this book 5 out of 5 for someone who would love it, 3 out of 5 for someone who isn’t that interested in the topic. This book does a very good job of explaining the history without feeling like you are reading a history textbook, while still keeping extremely factually accurate. If you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave me a comment or e-mail me privately at And as always, I will see you all in the next book!

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