My husband, a great history student, says that he thought this book was very interesting, despite all he thought he knew about the Boston Tea Party. He learned a lot about Boston and the people that lived there. But most most interesting was the fact that nobody cared about the Tea Party for 50 years afterward, only then did it get its popular name. People were ashamed of the "Destruction of Tea in the Harbour" - as it was first called - because it was an illegal mob action. The book explains what changed these sentiments and why it became an important event. The shoemaker was George Hewes: he took part in the activity and 50 years later people recognized his part in it.