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Reviews and Commentary
“Thank you Dr. Forman for writing the book. For this long and difficult project [you] sought to put together the details of the life of Joseph Warren, a Boston doctor and figure in the early days of the American Revolution… He was well known for a solid century and then for odd reasons became less familiar to us. But he was the one who started the [Warren] physician lineage as well as had a major impact in the American Revolution; and I think that what Dr. Forman above all wanted to do was to restore his place in the understanding of where this had started. ” – Atul Gawande, author of The Checklist Manifesto, Complications, Better; and popular New Yorker magazine columnist
“Samuel Forman’s Joseph Warren is a fascinating work of research and historical sleuthing that applies a much-needed medical expertise to the story of one of revolutionary Massachusetts’s preeminent physicians and political leaders. Thanks to Forman’s terrific new book we will never see Dr. Joseph Warren in the same way again.” – Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea: Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex; Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War; and The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Big Horn
“Readers will be delighted with this book and its star. Certainly everyone who has read and studied the American Revolution knows all about the main founding fathers, but few know the important role that Dr. Warren took on… The book is written like fiction in many places so the reader will feel as if they know the man, his family and even something of his childhood. We see the human interest side to Dr. Warren, and not just his accomplishments in the War.
This book is well worth reading. For readers, like yours truly, who thought they knew a lot about the American Revolution and the Founding Fathers, it gives a thorough portrait of Dr. Joseph Warren and the part that he played in the history of our liberty. It will be to the reader’s advantage to read the appendices (5 in all) covering the Doctor’s account books, Artifacts and Relics Associated with Joseph Warren, the Quest for Warren’s Head, (this sounds really weird but did happen), Places Named after Joseph Warren and Attributions to Miss Mercy Scollay. These appendices read just like fiction and are truly a great addition to this book.
Quill Says: This is a story about an extremely overlooked founder who really played a huge part in the country’s fight for freedom from the English. Many historians will be anxious to read the story of Dr. Warren. This is a definite keeper in the biography/historian’s and perhaps, even the fiction reader’s library.” (Full review here.) – Mary Lignor, Feathered Quill Book Reviews
“ Dr. Samuel Forman presents this extraordinary book about Dr. Joseph Warren… His roots in history allow him to be an exemplar of the scholar physician.” – Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard University School of Public Health
Lexington Minute Men on Thursday, November 21, 2013. “Patriot intelligence and decision making precipitating the iconic Midnight Rides occurring in Boston on the evening of April 18, 1775.” Author talk and signing. St. Brigit’s Church, Lexington, MA,.7:30 PM.
Joseph Warren Gothic Lodge No. 934 on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Illustrated author lecture, with emphasis on Dr. Warren’s Masonic leadership, and book signing. Renaissance Room, 6th floor of the Masonic Grand Lodge, New York City. This event is open to the public, 7:00 PM
Questers, October 28, 2013. Illustrated author lecture. Dwight Derby House, Medfield, MA.
Boston University, October 2, 2013. Guest lecturer in Prof. Richard Hynes’ popular “History of Boston” course.
Lexington Historical Society, Lexington Minute Men, and His Majesty’s 10th Regiment, July 18, 2013. I hosted and introduced Nathaniel Philbrick for an author talk and signing of his new book. Philbrick features Joseph Warren amongst his cast of historical characters in his bestselling Bunker Hill, and draws extensively from my new biography of Warren. Lexington, MA.
Bunker Hill Monument, June 17, 2013. Remarks during annual observances and rededication of the statue to Warren, Bunker Monument Association and the National Park Service. Charlestown in Boston, MA.
North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association, June 13, 2013. Talk on Dr. Joseph Warren and his North End friends. Nazarro Center, 30 North Bennet Street, Boston, MA.
Old South Meeting House, March 7, 2013. Lecture and signing. “Dr. Joseph Warren, The Boston Massacre Orations, and Americans’ Conception of Self.” Boston, MA.
Massachusetts Medical Society, Plymouth District, February 28, 2013. Lecture and signing. Atlantica Restaurant, Cohasset, MA.
American Revolutionary War Round Table of the Minute Man National Historic Park, Monday, February 4, 2013. meeting at the Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln, MA.
Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, January 4, 2013. Medical Grand Rounds. “Before BMC: Dr. Joseph Warren, Clinical Medicine, Public Health, and Government Health Programs During the American Revolutionary Era.”
Harvard Club of the North Shore, December 10, 2012, Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA.
Massachusetts Medical Society, Norfolk South, December 4, 2012. Lecture and signing at annual holiday meeting, Granite Links Golf Club, Quincy, MA.
Tufts University, November 12, 2012. Veterans Day address, Medford campus.
Roxbury Latin School, November 1, 2012. Founder’s Day keynote speaker.
Old South Meeting House, October 25, 2012, Lecture and signing. “New England Resurrectionists, Dr. Joseph Warren’s Head, and a Most Itinerant Corpse.” – A (mostly) serious talk on seasonally appropriate themes. Free and open to the public. 310 Washington Street, Boston, MA 6:00 PM. This program is funded in part by the Lowell Institute.
Lexington Historical Society, October 23, 2012. Book discussion group led by the author. Munroe Tavern, Lexington, MA at 6:30 PM.
Boston University, October 17, 2012. Guest lecturer in Prof. Richard Hynes’ popular “History of Boston” course. CAS building, room B20B at 6:00 PM.
Vine Lake Cemetery, September 29, 2012. “The Doctor is In” – 18th and early 19th century terminal illnesses discussed during graveyard walking tour. This is where Joseph Warren’s fiancee Miss Mercy Scollay is buried. Medfield, MA, 10:00 AM to 12 Noon.
Falmouth Museums on the Green, August 22, 2012. “Medicine, Heroics, and Romance in Revolutionary Massachusetts.” Lecture and signing to be held at First Congregational Church, 68 Main Street, Falmouth, MA, 6:30 PM.
Fletcher Spaght Ventures: “Medicine, Politics, and Health Finance in the Founding Era with Implications for Today” August 7, 2012. Lecture and signing. Grill 23 (by invitation), Boston, MA
Abbot Public Library and Hugo Books, July 11, 2012. Lecture and signing. 222 Pleasant St., Marblehead, MA, 7-8:00 PM
Bostonian Society at the Old State House Museum, July 3, 2012 at 1 PM. Lecture and signing. Boston, MA
Massachusetts Daughters of the American Revolution, May 16, 2012. Bedford, MA, at 6:30 PM
Vine Lake Cemetery, Patriot’s Day, April 16, 2012. Graveside reading from Miss Mercy Scollay’s newly attributed works and signing. Medfield, MA, at 10:30 AM and again at 11:30 AM.
Cape Cod Tufts Club – April 14, 2012. 12 Noon. Author lecture and signing.
Harvard University – School of Public Health, March 21, 2012. Dean’s distinguished author event. Atul Gawande, discussant. Boston, MA.
Boston Public Library – March 7, 2012. Copley Square, Boston, MA, 6:00 PM
Medfield Historical Society – March 5, 2012. Medfield, MA, 7:30 PM at First Parish Church
Massachusetts Historical Society – February 17, 2012. Boston, MA, 12 Noon
Bathhouse Lecture Series, Hull Library and Hull Lifesaving Museum – February 9, 2012, 7:00 PM.
Old South Meeting House, Boston, MA – January 19, 2012, 12:15 PM
Newtonville Books and Yale Alumni – January 11, 2012. Newtonville, MA, 7:00 PM
Brookline Booksmith – January 3, 2012. Brookline, MA, 7:00 PM