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The War for America, 1775-1783

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The events of the American Revolution signified by Lexington, Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, Saratoga, and Yorktown are familiar to American readers. Far less familiar is the fact that, for the British, the American colonies were only one front in a world war. England was also pitted against France and Spain. Not always in command of the seas and threatened with invasion, Engl ...more
Paperback, 569 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by Bison Books (first published 1964)
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Jerome
Mar 29, 2014 Jerome rated it it was amazing
Reading Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy’s recent and excellent The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire piqued my interest in the British side of the history of the Revolution, which tends to be ignored by most historians and readers of the Revolution. That’s kind of a shame because the story is so much more interesting when viewed from Britain’s perspective.

Mackesy does a great job describing the many challenges Britain faced in attempting t
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Mike Hankins
Peter Mackesy's detailed monograph provides a fascinating look into the War of American Independence, by telling the familiar story from the unfamiliar British angle. Viewed through this lens, the battles on the American continent are almost a sideshow to a much larger conflict that spans the globe and embroils many of the major European powers in bitter conflict, straining British resources beyond what they can bear.

Through the book, Mackesy focuses on the British strategy, essentially alternat
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Mike Kershaw
Dec 01, 2012 Mike Kershaw rated it it was amazing
An exceptionally well-written and interesting perspective on the American Revolution (or rebellion). The author approaches the war from the British Standpoint at a Geo-political level and is, by my accounting, relatively non-biased. Mackesy wrote the book while at Princeton during Vietnam but could have been writing to those thinking about our efforts in Afghanistan. The author is an Army Brat; served as a platoon leader/staff officer in Armored/Cavalry unit at closing of WWII and his Father com ...more
Helen Francini
Apr 27, 2013 Helen Francini rated it really liked it
_The War for America_ is an exhaustive, densely written, often difficult, but ultimately rewarding, account of the American revolution from the British point of view. It does not provide blow by blow descriptions of all the battles, but rather a minutely in-depth look at the behind the scenes politics in England that affected the course of the conflict from start to finish.

In this reviewer's humble opinion, the book should be required reading for every American, as it explains something no Amer
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Cfredlake
Jul 15, 2012 Cfredlake rated it it was amazing
Good book for anyone interested in military history. Focus is the British governments strategic problems during this war. A bit of a difficult read and some familiarity with 18th century naval tactics is assumed, but it is a different perspective of this conflict than most Americans are familiar with.
Jim Jones
Mar 26, 2013 Jim Jones rated it did not like it
Bloody awful. The author spent war more time on the inner workings and Byzantine structure of the English War Department than discussing the battles that occurred. The action in the War seemed like an afterthought.

I couldn't finish the book - I threw in the towel halfway.
James Mader
Apr 13, 2013 James Mader rated it it was amazing
The coverage of the logistics of the war were well written and thoughtful. This book is a testament to Clausewitz's dictum that amateurs study tactics while professionals study logistics.
Shibbie
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A Brit's perspective of the Revolutionary war. I'm not interested in detailed battle history, however, so I wasn't that thrilled with it.
John
Oct 13, 2014 John rated it really liked it
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Detailed and compelling description of the political direction of the American Revolution from a British point of view.
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Piers Mackesy was a British military historian who taught at the University of Oxford. Earning his D.Phil at Oriel College, Oxford, he taught at Pembroke College, Oxford until his retirement in 1988. He was elected a fellow in the British Academy in 1988.
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