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Battles of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1781

Battles of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1781

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The Americans did not simply outlast the British in the Revolutionary War, contends this author in a groundbreaking study, but won their independence by employing superior strategies, tactics, and leadership. Designed for the "armchair strategist" with dozens of detailed maps and illustrations, here is a blow-by-blow analysis of the men, commanders, and weaponry

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The Americans did not simply outlast the British in the Revolutionary War, contends this author in a groundbreaking study, but won their independence by employing superior strategies, tactics, and leadership. Designed for the "armchair strategist" with dozens of detailed maps and illustrations, here is a blow-by-blow analysis of the men, commanders, and weaponry used in the famous battles of Bunker Hill, Quebec, Trenton, Princeton, Saratoga, and Cowpens.

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Library Journal
The second and third volumes in ``Major Battles & Campaigns'' are at opposite poles of the series format. D'Este, author of previous works on Overlord and Sicily, takes a strategic perspective, focussing on Anglo-American cooperation in the central Mediterranean. Wood's battle history of the American Revolution is tactically oriented. D'Este argues that the Allies and the Germans had essentially the same limited purpose: to keep maximum enemy forces pinned in a secondary theater. Neither of the principal Allied commanders, Harold Alexander and Mark Clark, had the character or the talent to make the Mediterranean theater more than a dead end. D'Este avoids discussing the campaign's grand strategic aspects and ignores British operations in the eastern Mediterranean. Nevertheless, his presentation is sound within its set limits. A paperback edition would be welcome collateral reading for courses in World War II. Specialists will find little new in Wood's pages, but troop movements and command decisions are presented well and perceptively critiqued. In arguing for the uniqueness of Revolutionary battles, Wood fails to delineate clear principles of selection. Neither political, strategic, nor institutional contexts are well developed. This is, however, a useful one-volume update of Christopher Ward's two-volume The War of the Revolution (LJ 9/1/52), the standard operational narrative. -- Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306813290
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
12/25/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
356
Sales rank:
259,087
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author


W. J. Wood (19171501997), was a retired Army lieutenant colonel whose background included not only professional authorship but also combat experience in World War II and the Korean war, a decade spent in professional war gaming for weapons systems analysis at the Army Material Command, and a lifetime studying military history. His books include Battles of the Revolutionary War and Leaders and Battles.

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Battles of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1781 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this book about the battles because it gives you a lot of insight on the major battles of the America Revolution. Wood uses some dry humor and great adjectives to bring to life the stories of the battles and the personalities of the characters involved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is very detailed about the battles of the revolutionary war battles I did a book report on it and I got a A+. I recommend this book to all interested in history.:-)
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