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Rebels and Redcoats,
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This review is from: Rebels and Redcoats: The American Revolutionary War (Paperback)
Despite what it says on the cover this is not a general history of the American Revolution, it is a military history of the American Revolution. If you try reading this book without any previous knowledge of the War of Independence you will be mightily confused.
Some years ago I remember watching the Richard Holmes documentary series which accompanied this book and it was a lot clearer in explaining the causes and effects of the war. The book it seems has instead been used to make one specific arguement - that the story many Americans are told about the founding fathers is a myth.
Rebels and Redcoats puts forward several very convincing arguements with plenty of facts to back them up that show that to this day there is an ongoing propoganda exercise to portray the rebels in the War of Independence as being morally righteous paragons of virtue. It does an excellent job of discussing the real history and the reasons it has been turned into a one sided myth.
However what Rebels and Redcoats does not do is clearly explain the history of the Revolutionary War, its causes, the people involved, how the war developed and the consequences of the conflict. There are some excellent maps and discussions of the battles but you need to already know the history of the war before you can make sense of the arguements in this book. As a result, although I agree with the points made by the author, I can only give the book three stars.