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4.0 out of 5 stars The Revolution From Several Perspectives, March 1, 2007
James Gallen (St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The American War of Independence (Paperback)
"The American War Of Independence" presents the reader with a thorough introduction to the War which won America's nationhood. Organized into six parts and thirty-three chapters, author Peter Wells does a thorough job of examining the War from several perspectives.

In Part One the author lays out the Colonial Background, surveying the land, government and social environments of the Colonies.

Part II lays out the events which defined the relationship between America and Britain in the years leading up to the Revolution. It is here that we read of the Grenville and Townsend, Sugar and Stamp Acts.

Part III examines the slide of the nation into war, including the Boston Tea Party and the resulting British response, and the actions of the Continental Congress as it swayed between reconciliation and rebellion.

Part IV is the section dealing with Thomas Payne's "Common Sense", the decision for Independence, preparations for war and the early military events occurring in the conflict.

Part V presents the War from a perspective not found in most other books on the Revolution. This section places the American victory in the context of a world war. Wells explains the European, primarily French, intervention on behalf of America and how that intervention expanded the war into the Caribbean and even to India.

Part VI tells the about the aftermath of the War in which the United States struggled to found its government and find its place in the world.

This book tells the big story of the Revolution, without becoming bogged down in the details. More focused books will give the reader a better understanding of individual battles or characters, but "The American War Of Independence" places the individual events in their proper places in the narrative. While neither new nor snazzy, this book is very satisfying.
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