Oliver Wiswell Author:Kenneth Roberts Spanning the years 1775 to 1783, Oliver Wiswell traces the adventures of a Yale student who is deeply loyal to the established government of the colonies. This wonderful, far-ranging novel is packed with battles, sudden flights, escapes, intrigues, massacres, romance, and exiles as it follows Wiswell, a spy for Sir William Howe (Commander in Ch... more »ief of the British Armies) on Long Island, as well as in Paris and London. He captures a sloop single-handedly and joins Benedict Arnold against the American revolutionaries of the southern colonies.
Oliver Wiswell did no less than challenge the accepted perceptions of the loyalists. Though branded by history as cowardly traitors, many of them were men of strong convictions and fierce courage. With historical detail and vivid depictions, Roberts explores the hearts and minds of those men and women who opposed the revolution.« less
Kenneth Roberts is an old master of the historical novel. He writes adventure and romance in a way both men and women can enjoy. In "Oliver Wiswell" Roberts tackles the loyalist side of the American Revolution, those loyal to the king and Great Britain and traitors to the cause. And though it might be a little hard to sympathize with those who chose the "wrong" side of history, Roberts tells a convincing story of the difficulties faced by colonists who were against the revolution.