Here is a new approach and a refreshing one to the beginnings of the American Revolution. It is to some extent a myth exploding book, as it tells of how chance mishaps conspired to precipitate a war the British did not want. It began when 700 British soldiers marched to Concord to seize a cache of illegal arms; they were delayed by a series of ridiculous errors; they encountered the 30 Minute Men called together by Paul Revere's night riders, and summoned by William Diamond's drumming the call to arms. But it was a panicky British soldier who fired the first shot-against orders- and the Battle of Lexington was on. In Concord the American method of firing from behind walls turned retreat into rout. Witty and readable and very human this adds color and drama to a rather conventionally handled period in our national history.