This is not a history of the entire course of the Revolutionary War between Britain and America - as the title suggests, it's the history of one year in that war, 1776, the year of the Declaration of Independence. I must confess that I know very little about the American Revolution - it's never been a period I've paid much attention to. But this book is exceptionally well-written, lively and interesting, and it really brings to light just how close the whole Revolution came to failure. It's an especially good portrayal of George Washington - stripping away the myth and the hagiography, portraying him 'warts and all'. Even though the war itself went on for another six years it was in 1776 that it could all have ended, had it not been for Washington and his small army, and what could be considered the turning point of the whole war, the Crossing of the Delaware and the battle at Trenton. An excellent book, well-worth reading.