In response to Andrew McDonald's nationalistic, Anglophobic vitriol: I just can't understand what drives Americans to such vile contempt against the very country which provided the pre-conditions to your precious 'republic'. As previous readers have stated, this is an unbiased account of the war, balanced in favour to neither side - as all good introductions to history should be!
As for your pretentious drivel about George Washington being the greatest man of the 18th Century - I really think that's a matter of opinion. Other individuals, namely Thomas Payne, were far more influential in shaping that century. Also, I believe Washington presents a rather pallid front when one considers your point about him exhibiting greater authority and integrity than 'any' British monarch or Prime Minister - may I introduce you to the likes of Edward I, Henry V, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, William Gladstone, Lloyd George, Winston Churchill ... the list is endless. The fact of the matter remains that the war has been distorted into a myth - propaganda. The Continentals committed far greater atrocities against their own people than the British - such as that burning people alive in a church scene in that appalling excuse for a film - 'The Patriot' (anti-Semitism and Anglophobia galore) - such an atrocity was in fact carried out by the Continental Army!
Many historians agree that Washington was not a very astute military tactician or general either - other Continental generals were far more successful in their battles. And for all the democracy and liberty you so gallantly praise; I believe the Founding Fathers considered installing him as a king of all things! Perhaps you should come back and write a proper review once you've done some more reading (from both sides of the argument) and restrain yourself from throwing juvenile insults regarding dentistry.