Author Derek Beck is coming to Minute Man National Historical Park.

Author and historian Derek W. Beck
Derek W. Beck

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News Release Date: May 23, 2016

Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-318-7833

Concord, Massachusetts. Historian Derek Beck Provides a Sweeping and Provocative View of Pivotal Years in U.S. History at Minute Man National Historical Park, Wednesday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Minute Man Visitor Center, 250 North Great Road, Lincoln, MA. Free to all to attend. A book signing will follow Mr. Becks presentation.

The War Before Independence transports readers into the violent years of 1775 and 1776, from the infamous Battle of Bunker Hill and the snowy, windswept march to the frozen ground at the Battle of Quebec, to the exciting conclusion of the Boston Campaign.

Award-winning author Derek Beck reveals new material drawn from letters, diaries, and investigative research to throw open the doors on familiar figures and faces, and also little-known triumphs and tribulations of America's greatest military leaders, including George Washington.
Detailed and layered with careful research and rich narrative, The War Before Independence brings America's early upheaval to a ferocious boil on both sides of the battlefield, and vividly captures the spirit of a fight that continues to inspire brave hearts today.

Derek W. Beck has always had a passion for military history, which inspired him to start his career in the U.S. Air Force. He has served as an officer on Active Duty in science roles and in space operations. In 2005, he earned a master of science degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he also fell in love with Boston's revolutionary past. To more fully pursue writing, he later transitioned to the Air Force Reserves, though he still remains quite active, presently holding the rank of major. Derek's first book, Igniting the American Revolution: 1773–1775, (Sourcebooks2015), which received an honorable mention for the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award,will be available in paperback in May 2016. When not working on future history books, Derek is a frequent contributor to the online Journal of the American Revolution. For more information, visit www.derekbeck.com.

To learn more about this and other park offerings of Minute Man National Historical Park during this centennial year of the National Park Service, including the Junior Ranger program, The Wayside, ranger-led tours, and upcoming special events stop by the Minute Man Visitor Center at 250 Great Road, Lincoln, MA, or contact Minute Man National Historical Park at (978) 369-6993, or visit www.nps.gov/mima.

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Last updated: May 23, 2016

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