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Alvin Ureles draws on the writings of biographers Richard Frothingham and John Carey in his historical novel about the life of Joseph Warren III. Ureles has used a unique approach in authoring “Following Joe.” He attributes the authorship of the fictional account to John Warren Joseph’s youngest brother. The story is told using John’s voice. Ureles tells the amazing account as John relates background information, stimulating dialog, and a detailed description of the political unrest during the period leading up to the Revolutionary War. Ureles brings the historical background of this period in American history to life as he carefully develops his characters with an exciting historical plot familiar to all history buffs. Ureles, a physician himself, expertly describes details and procedures related to caring for the injured on the battlefield, and the early recruiting and training of these men by Joseph Warren III. John Warren went on after the war to be one of the founders of the Harvard University Medical School. He had a practice in surgery and taught surgery at Harvard. I understand that this is the first book in a planned trilogy exploring the origins of the United States Army Medical Corp. If you are interested in the history of medicine or revolutionary America you will enjoy this book. Wayne Hughes did a good job narrating the book.
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