John Alden from the University of Nebraska contributes the second volume in Harper's New American Nation Serves and his work has led to a spirited study of the course of the revolution that should compare well with the best in this field. It is a well informed, chronology of events, traditional in its interpretations but highly readable and exhibitive of succinct and imaginative use of source material. In his introduction, Mr. Alden sets the stage of Britain's corrupt and mistaken ways that led not only to the colonists' irritations but to antagonisms from Spain and France. The sense of place and time and of personality aits that went into the many decisions made on both sides, enters into subsequent accounts of troop movements and the political acts that were their instigators. Further balance of political, personal and economic factors that shaped history give not only a clear recounting of the difficulties in establishing a new government, and of miraculously won battles, but the conflicts of loyalties and the social conditions that prevailed through the establishment of pence. A fine basic study for school and colleges and paintable to the layman.