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This review is from: The Men Who Lost America: British Command during the Revolutionary War and the Preservation of the Empire (Hardcover)
My over-riding feeling about this book is one of disappointment. It didn't hook me. Realistically, it is a series of biographical essays, some of which are more interesting than others.
Given that the men involved are interesting (albeit not particularly likeable) and that the subject is fascinating, I can only think that it is the way that the author writes which made this book such hard slog.
There are three other issues which didn't sit well:
(I) Because these men are dealt with one after another it means that the same issues are covered several times - which does become a bit boring (even though each retelling is from a slightly different angle);
(ii) My knowledge of American geography is rusty to non-existent. I could have done with maps at the appropriate point (or at the logical place, the start of the book!) There are maps of some actions and arenas, but these appear late on in the book;
(iii)One of the other reviews praises the excellent colour plates. Come on Oneworld - for £30 I expect a little more than some poorly reproduced black and white plates on matt paper!
Anyway, this is a book that has its place. It didn't push my buttons, but others may like it. Personally, I much preferred Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick (which I heartily recommend).
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Initial post: 17 Sep 2013 15:36:14 BDT
These were my thoughts also. Particularly the impression that the book largely consists of quotes from other people's works joined together by the author's text and secondly that this is a collection of biographies only connected by the American Revolution. My overall impression of the book is negative, but on a positive note the author does show the chosen "Men who lost America" in a more favourable light than I remember years ago at school where the whole subject was dealt with quite briefly. Or was I asleep?!
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2013 21:03:10 BDT
No, you definitely were not asleep. The American Revolution was little more than a footnote when I studied history back in the 70's.
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