A History of the American Revolution Hardcover – February 1, 1969
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attribute the American victory entirely to the Patriot's genius. Both sides made serious mistakes. I recommend the book for those who want a better understanding of America's start beyond what they remember of their High School history.
The author's writing style is quite readable, but he has one quirk that I found irritating; namely that he seems to love double negative sentences. They can be found everywhere in the text. Beyond that, the book is a reasonable read.
The work is very strong on the tactical strategies and military actions of the war. Several important battles are covered in great detail. One of the strengths of the work is that it gives ample coverage to the French intervention and aid in the war. French aid was very important to the American cause and I gained a greater appreciation for their aid in the war. Hessian aid to the British effort was also covered. There was a strong international focus in the book.
There are few innovative insights on domestic happenings during the war. The writing was a bit dry in spots. I don't think this is a great history resource because of those shortcomings. However, this is a good book from the perspective that the military coverage and analysis of foreign involvement is top notch. The book also effectively presents the variety of causes of the American Revolution.
This is not a history of the military operations of this conflict but rather is a more balanced history - political, military, social, and constitutional. This is an in depth work, not the stuff of the typical glorification of the American Revolution. As a result Mr. Alden delivers a thoroughly thought provoking and much more pleasing analysis than any other. Superbly written, his analysis on the formation of the Articles of Confederation, which took 5 years, is simply the most direct and finest analysis anywhere.