As State Historian and a specialist in American colonial and Revolutionary history, Professor Van Dusen is well qualified to do this first comprehensive history of Connecticut in many years. Connecticut residents with a modicum of interest and about their state will find it informative and reasonably good reading Where its greatest value lies is in the relating of Connecticut's history to the broader range of national history, through the days of the founding fathers, colonial expansion, Indian wars, conflicts over boundaries, the War of Independence, etc. up to its present key place in the industrial development of New England. The photographs, reproductions of old maps and prints -- roughly 170 of them- are an important factor, and give, to those unfamiliar with the state, a warmly intimate sense of its very special quality. This should be in every school and college library, every public library in the state, while many ""outsiders"" will find it an important contribution to general history of our developing nation.