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Very good but concentrates on the American aspects,
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This review is from: The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War (Hardcover)
This is a very well writtten book that covers an area of the war that is often overlooked. A couple of drawbacks. (1) It concentrates heavily on the American aspects and does not deal with the British side in the same detail. This is disappointing and makes the book a bit lop sided. (2) It deals with some parts of the story in very great detail - perhaps too much. This is also the case in may American books on the ACW. It does bring out the problems of the alliance between France and the USA and deals with this very well. In doing so it also reminds the reader of the huge impact of the French decision to declare war on Britain - perhaps the single factor that lead to the successful break from Britain for the whole of America (Canada excepted). I can't agree with the conclusion that this campaign is an American victory. At the end of this campaign Newport remained in British hands; the American army had withdrawn to the mainland; the Royal navy remained on station and the French fleet had left the theatre of operations. With a bit of luck with the weather Clinton could have captured the whole of the American force on the island.
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