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Reminder: Carbone's Nat Greene book event tonight

Charles Willson Peale painted a portrait of General Greene from life in 1783, which was then copied several times by C.W. Peale and his son, Rembrandt Peale.

Kudos and congrats to former ProJo scribe Ged Carbone, whose new book will be feted with a publication party [tonight] Tuesday, June 24, at tazza in downtown Providence.

A critically-acclaimed book about Rhode Island’s Revolutionary War hero, Nathanael Greene, will be released just in time for the Independence Day weekend, appropriate timing given that Greene was the first to write the phrase “a declaration of independence.”

To celebrate the publication of Nathanael Greene: A Biography of the American Revolution, author and Warwick resident Gerald M. Carbone will host a book release party on the day it hits the shelves – Tuesday, June 24, at a club called Tazza, 250 Westminster St., Providence, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free for all.

Members of the Kentish Guards, Greene’s original militia group, will be in attendance, and one of them will play some 18th Century tunes on the fife. Keyboardist/vocalist Louis J. Carbone will play and sing as well, and at 7 p.m. author Gerald M. Carbone will speak about Greene and the making of the book, followed by a question and answer session, followed by more music.

Publisher’s Weekly has called the book a “lively chronicle” and a “well-researched history aimed at a popular audience.” Kirkus Review tabbed it “a lucid account of the American Revolution from the point of view of its most successful general,” and Greene was the Revolution’s most successful general, even more so than George Washington. He fought in a dozen battles including most of the big ones – Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, Germantown. But it was in the South that he made his reputation as a general of genius compared to Napoleon, Scipio, and Caesar, good company for a gimp-kneed, asthmatic son of a Quaker preacher from Potowmut, Rhode Island.   

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