The War for America, 1775-1783
The events of the American Revolution signified by Lexington,Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, Saratoga, and Yorktown are familiar toAmerican readers. Far less familiar is the fact that, for theBritish, the American colonies were only one front in a world war.England was also pitted against France and Spain. Not always incommand of the seas and threatened with invasion, England triedgrimly for eight years to subdue its rebellious colonies; to holdCanada, the West Indies, India, and Gibraltar; and to divide itsEuropean enemies. In this vivid history Piers Mackesy views theAmerican Revolution from the standpoint of the British governmentand the British military leaders as they attempted to execute anoverseas war of great complexity. Their tactical response to theAmerican Revolution is now comprehensible, seen as part of a grandimperial strategy.