WHERE AND HOW THE WAR WAS FOUGHT: An Armchair Tour of the American Revolution by William J. Casey

WHERE AND HOW THE WAR WAS FOUGHT: An Armchair Tour of the American Revolution

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A travel guide to Revolutionary War sites combined with substantial, if pedestrian, military history. Covering the entire span of the war, Casey observes that the British expanded their standing army to fight their largest external war ever, but could do little more than hold key seaports; the victory of the Americans, with their 5,000 Hessian deserters, was based on superior leadership in general and specific tactical agility, exemplified by Daniel Morgan's improvised maneuvers against highly trained British regulars. As a tour guide, Casey may tend to spoil the spectator's pleasure with his emphasis on fouled streams which ran pure in Revolutionary days, hallowed taverns turned into gift shops, and sites obliterated altogether; but he does provide a compact overview of terrain, fortifications, harbors, and other elements that might be blinked past. For an armchair reader, scarcely near the top of the list.

Pub Date: July 30th, 1976
Publisher: Morrow