This is a reach up for late teens and early twenties, but for anyone interested in the years of the American Revolution, this provides a vigorous supplement to the routine textbook approach. This is not a 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 a picture shorn of sentimentality and nationalistic bravado, as the 13 colonies struggled to a lofty goal, often lost sight of in the tragedies of war. Even the picture of England in those years is more detailed than one would expect in a one-volume history. Modern approach.