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  • Series: Ann Arbor Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press; Revised edition (December 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472064312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472064311
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is not meant for the casual reader. However, if you are a serious history buff and don't mind engaging a book intellectually this is a good book to spend some time with. I had the pleasure of having John Shy as a professor at the University of Michigan. I have nothing but positive feedback on his scholarly work. The somewhat narrow scope of the book's topic and the assumed background knowledge might deter a casual reader. History buff who wants to dig deeper into Revolutionary War issues? Then this book is a good one to pick up!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Loader on November 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
This was a nice collection of intelligent and well written essays on the American Revolution. I chose this book based on a recommendation from my history teacher. It was a requirement to write a book review on it.
This book contains a great amount of information on the American Revolution. The author seems to have done much pain-staking research to bring details to life. Unlike a traditional history book, this book focuses on specific aspects of the Revolution. It brings to light much of went on militaristically and socially on both sides of the ocean during that time. If you have ever wanted to know more about the American Revolution then what you learn in College or High School US History, this book is a must have. It is written on an academic level and requires a high degree of English comprehension.
Overall an enjoyable experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Al on February 19, 2013
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A very good collection of essays that explore the socio-political impact of the American Revolution, as well as the problems both sides had in developing and reassessing a strategic vision. The most interesting essays included chapter 7 which explored the motivation of those men who served in the Continental army for the long haul, as well as how socio-economic background may have played a role. Chapter 9 (and part of chapter 8) provided a fascinating look at the development of British strategy in the South, how the strategy shifted, and the results of that strategy. I thought chapter 10 was the strongest essay in the book. This essay sought a definition of the war; was it a civil war, an insurgency, a conventional war? It also explored British and American understanding of the issues that supposedly lay at the root of the war. Another fascinating aspect was the impact of membership in the militia and how the militia functioned as a part of the mechanism which generated support for the war; perhaps not enthusiastic support, but lukewarm acceptance was better than active resistance.

Overall, this is a tremendously informative look at the American Revolution that remains very relavent today.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By twiceempty on February 8, 2012
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it's amazing that a humble book of essays could still be in print after all the time. but shy's book is really that good -- the essays, most of which are more about the combatants than the actual chronology or methods of war, are original, thoughtful, and provocative.

in particular, the tenth essay -- 'the military conflict considered as a revolutionary war' -- is a classic that still needs to be read by all scholars of the revolutionary period.
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