My new book Motorcycles, Planes, & Revolution is now available for sale here on this site. This is a story made in America, of how our freedom was born of common men like Noah Pratt who built homes and furniture – and fought as a Minuteman as the American Revolution boiled over in the 1770s just outside Boston. This book tells the story of Noah Pratt, his work and his family, and includes brief passages on the early battles he was a part of. While the book is historical, the form of storytelling used is easy to read, and anyone interested in freedom will find something in it to take to heart.
Our American Revolution was won by countless thousands of common folk who left us nothing to remember them and the role they played. I found Noah Pratt while researching on old handplane purchased at a tool collectors swap meet. Finding a plane made by a common man who fought in the Revolution is really exciting. Think of how excited you’d be if while researching your mother’s silver tea set you found an obscure silversmith from Boston who rode out to warn that the British troops were coming? Oh, perhaps you didn’t know that Paul Revere was a silversmith by trade? The role that Noah Pratt played in winning our freedom is no less than that of Paul Revere except that Revere has been celebrated while Pratt has been lost to history for over 200 years much like the shavings under his bench the last day he closed the door to his woodshop. The role he played in winning our freedom has never been told – till now.
As I learned more about Noah Pratt and the Revolution , and even moreso as I wrote – I realized how important freedom was to these patriots – the extent to which freedom permeated their lives. I felt an overwhelming inner need to balance what I learned against our own life, times, and experience. Eventually, I asked why the war started there around Boston – do we understand what freedom meant to them? The unusual fabric of this story is interwoven with my own experience of freedom while riding my Harley-Davidson, enjoying nature out on the open road. Ultimately the reader is challenged to think about celebrating freedom with the same passion in their own daily experience.
Freedom is not just freedom of speech or the right to worship as we please. These are just examples that are guaranteed to us in the Bill of Rights. An early definition of freedom by one of our patriots who died at Bunker Hill is “one which would give every man the greatest liberty to do what he pleases consistent with constraining him from doing injury to another”. This is the focus of our Declaration of Independence proclaiming our right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. To learn more, check out my Blog page and click here to buy my book.