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The War for Independence: A Military History (The Chicago History of American Civilization)

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The American victory in the Revolutionary War came as a surprise to people all over the world. Believing that successful wars were fought by professionals and aristocrats, they could not understand how ragged and hungry troops of ill-assorted civilians were able to defeat one of the world's strongest professional armies.

This book is an effort to explain how and why that up
Paperback, 235 pages
Published March 15th 1958 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1958)
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Mar 26, 2012 Al rated it really liked it
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This was a great little book! Its very well written and is a pleasure to read. Peckham covers all of the theaters of war and doesn't get bogged down in details. It was extremely interesting. There are no footnotes, but there is a chapter by chapter bibliographic essay. The best part of the book is the last chapter where he sums up what it all meant and what it all means. He also examines the impact George Washington had on the outcome of the war. I highly recommend this book!
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