BRUCE LANCASTER (1896–1963) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard College. He is best known for his many historical novels.
The American Revolutionby Bruce Lancaster, John H. Plumb (Adapted by)
From Lexington to Yorktown, Bruce Lancaster's classic, THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, covers the story of America's fight for independence in vivid detail. Here Lancaster examines both the historical facts of the Revolution and the sacrifice and bravery of the American people during the eighteenth century and brings the dilemmas faced by these early Americans into sharp focus. Newly introduced by the critically acclaimed author Richard M. Ketchum, THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION is a highly readable and engaging volume, and "as a book for the general reader it could scarcely be bettered" (Christian Science Monitor).
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found Mr. Lancaster's volume to be efficient in what he selected to cover, yes, but entertaining and sufficient, no. During the course of the book he simply fails to speak of the Continental Navy. Having of course read it in its entirety, I resolved to search for any possible discussion I might have missed by perusing the book's index. Alas, the index confirmed my assumption: the entire war at sea is not even mentioned. True, Lancaster does aptly write of the French navy's interactions, and even managed to get in a single paragraph about American privateers, but no discussion is initiated of such ships as the Ranger, Alfred, or the Black Prince. Furthermore, there is no discussion of such heros of the Revolution as John Paul Jones commanding the Bonhomme Richard. Furthermore, it would have been more helpful had the volume included maps of land engagements. I feel if you want more than just analysis of the conflict on land, this is simply not the narrative for you. The book is devoid of any and all things sea-going. Overall, it is efficient in what the author chooses to go over, but there is a significant portion of the War that is left completely untouched.