Gr 6-9-A clear, accurate, battle-by-battle history of the American Revolution. Beginning with Lexington and Concord and covering all the major places, people, and situations, Dolan presents a smooth, readable history of the war and the events preceding and following it. The text is supplemented with maps and numerous black-and-white reproductions. Sidebars give interesting facts on such notables as Betsy Ross, Sybil Luddington, Lafayette, and Benedict Arnold. This excellent addition to the history shelves is not as difficult as Bruce Bliven's The American Revolution (Random, 1963), but more complete than the Brown Paper School's US Kids History: Book of the American Revolution (Little, 1994). The style is both humanized and factual-an approach that makes history more than palatable to students.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
Dolan outlines the American Revolution, from Lexington to Yorktown, wisely opening with the excitement of the first shots, then going back to set the stage. Moving battle by battle through the war, Dolan gives just enough background, keeping his focus tightly on the people and places involved in the fighting. Readers can learn about a multitude of familiar historic figures, some of them highlighted in boxes, from the generals like Washington and Cornwallis to the private citizens like Paul Revere and Abigail Adams. This well-researched volume features especially handsome book design, with large type on clean pages and copious black-and-white illustrations--maps, sketches, reproductions, and paintings. In his epilogue, Dolan weighs the strengths and weaknesses of each side, concluding that the greatest advantage of the Americans was their "ruggedness and their determination to win." Bibliography.