This is excellent text book material and so well written as to be of interest to the general public, even if the Revolution does not have quite the sales appeal of the Civil War. Conditions in England and her colonies in the pre-Revolutionary years are examined and the home country is proved to be corrupt, soft, and out of touch with the colonists' needs. Washington at that time is shown as a practical business man, trying to run his plantation successfully, finding the import nd export laws and taxes both strangling and galling. His determination for freedom was as strong as that of Henry or Jefferson though he was than neither an orator nor a writer, and its source reached back to the Braddock campaign in the 1950's. History is carried through the early years of the ""rebellion"", division within the Contineutal Congress, Washington's problems with some of his subordinatic commanders, his excellent strategy, and it ends with the Congress' decision to declare Independence for the colonies. Fully annotated, this should be good a school and library choice.