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A Few Bloody Noses: The Realities and Mythologies of the American Revolution

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We meant well to the Americans-just to punish them with a few bloody noses, and then to make laws for the happiness of both countries," said George III. The ensuing uprising led to the creation of the United States, the most powerful country in the modern world.

Robert Harvey, whose most recent book Liberators was brilliantly reviewed on both sides of the ocean, challenges
Hardcover, 456 pages
Published May 22nd 2002 by Overlook Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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R.M.F Brown
To say that the American Revolution was a complex affair, would be an understatement of the highest order. And yet, succesive generations have allowed this complex era of history to be reduced to black and white definitions of 'good' Americans and 'bad' Brits.

Thankfully,Robert Harvey takes a shotgun to this viewpoint and brings a welcome balance to the debate.

As Harvey points out, London was to far away to rule with an iron fist. For all the talk of British repression, we learn that the colonie
Robert Harvey's "A Few Bloody Noses" offers a British take on the American Revolution.

Of course, everything he wrote is wrong.

Seriously, Harvey turned out a very readable, and very skeptical, reconstruction of how Britain lost the war. He does not believe that America won it. He points out that Britain tried to fight the war on the cheap, never devoting the resources,nor crafting the correct strategy, to really subdue the colonies. This aimless approach did not become fatal until the local wa
Stephen Tuck
An interesting history of the American revolution from an openly British perspective. It's a little hard to rate the book: on some points it seems to go out of its way to deny credit to American forces (for example, Yorktown is described as a classic French victory). On the other hand, it makes the interesting argument that the peace between Britain and America was more a reflection of Britain's 'long game' of seeking a potentially friendly, English speaking, Protestant nation on the far side of ...more
Mike Huey
A fascinating discussion of the War from the British perspective. While the tendency is to become a bit defensive at times when the American effort is denigrated this seems an even-handed version. Both sides are praised and criticized when warranted. There seems to be a feeling among some in this country that "patriotism" should be taught in our schools. Personally I prefer to gather as much information as I can and make my own decisions. The fact that America, however much we were helped by the ...more
Michael Wills
Harvey's book gives an excellent background to American War of Independence. His style is at once authoritative and entertaining.
Frederick Bingham
A book about the American revolution told from the british perspective. Too long and detailed to interest me.
Good perspective on the war from a British viewpoint. Pity it was so inaccurate.
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