This is a companion volume to the able Origins of the American Revolution, published in 1943, and again we have a vigorous and at same time scholarly study of the years of Revolution. This is not the conventional military and strategic chronology; rather it places the forces of revolution, the ebb and flow of events, the place in the European picture, the battle of external issues to which this contributed and by which it was affected. One gets, too, the sense of disunity, disillusionment, the financial morass, the disintegration of troops, the jealousies and betrayals, -- a picture short of sentimentality and nationalistic bravado, as the thirteen colonies struggled towards a lefty goal, often lost sight of in the throes of the tragedies of war. The picture of England, while not so detailed, is infinitely more meticulous than would be expected in a one-volume history. As the war ends, one wonders how two such unready, ill-prepared nations could have fought through to any measure of conclusion. Modern approach .