THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: America's First War for Independence by Don Lawson

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: America's First War for Independence

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In Lawson's action-oriented history one can not only hear the Revolution's most quotable lines repeated, but see the whites of the soldiers' eyes and hear their stomachs grumble. Though Lawson focuses on the war's most dramatizable moments and doesn't theorize unduly about such problems as why the British three-pronged attack in New York failed to materialize, he nevertheless sketches in bold strokes the major campaigns and dimensions of the war. His closeup view of maneuvers give a clear idea of the numbers involved (small by modern standards) and the weapons used in important engagements, and he gives proper emphasis to the scope and success of American privateer operations which made the war so unpopular with British commercial interests. An easy to read, rather unanalytical narrative by the yardstick of, say, Leckie's The Worm Turned Upside Down, this gets the job done and is still well within the range of less ambitious readers.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1974
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman