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Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Good for One Who Has Good Knowledge about The American Revolution

    Having read many books about the American Revolution, this title caught my eye. It provides good insight into the lives of the American and British soldiers (their social classes, how they were dressed at all levels, their daily lives, how they fought, etc.) as well as brief synopses of the major battles. It can be looked at in two ways: as a simple introduction for later, more detailed reading about the Revolution or as a condensed description for more detailed books on the subject later on. I did find several comments that compared the war for independence with the current war on terror, using unobjective comparisons; it is easy to figure out on what side of today's political aisle the author resides. That was the only damper on this book. Mr. Stephenson, please leave your political thoughts out of future books! Alvin Gritz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

    New perspectives on a well worn subject

    As a college history major who grew up near the Yorktown battlefield I was surprised by the amount of new information and perspectives in this book. Other than the War Between the States and, perhaps, the assassination of John Kennedy, the American War for Independence has been analyzed by so many authors that it appeared that a valid, fresh approach was impossible. The author has made the book extremely readable. His frequent use of quotations from everyone from Burgoyne to American militiamen not only makes the reading more interesting but helps to validate the conclusions. Overall, very much recommended for both casual readers and those seeking new insights on a familiar subject. I have not provided detailed ratings in some cases because I did not feel that they were applicable to this category of book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2007

    Informative, but . . .

    In Patriot Battles, Michael Stephenson attempts to do two things: first, provide detailed bits of information regarding the 'nuts and bolts of the military aspects of the War of Independence' and second to explode a few persistent myths about the war. I'd say he was successful to a certain extent regarding the former, but had more success with the latter. Patriot Battles purports to be a one volume study of the military aspects of the war, but the entire book seemed to read like a well researched (and lengthy) article by any news magazine. The book is certainly informative, but in no way is it a page turner. The first half of the book is devoted to such topics as who the soldiers were, the motivation of the soldiers, and weapons used by the soldiers. None of these subjects is particularly comprehensive but will give you a decent understanding of each. The second half of the book is devoted to individual battles of the war. Again, none of the covered battles are even remotely comprehensive or detailed (under the book¿s circumstances, how could they be?) but certainly give the reader a basic view of how the battles were fought and the casualties sustained. Finally, some have been critical of Stephenson¿s comparison of events, tactics, etc. of the war to other wars involving an insurgency. I do not know Stephenson¿s politics (and I doubt the critics do either), but I did not find the comparisons unfair or inappropriate in anyway. In fact, some comparisons seemed shockingly similar to what the US has experienced more recently. If you want a basic foundation about the military aspects of the war, then I recommend it. If you¿re looking for an informative and page turning drama, then there are better books.

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