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Those Damned Rebels

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Using firsthand accounts—journals, letters from British officers in the field, reports from colonial governors in the colonies—Michael Pearson has provided a contemporary report of the Revolution as the British witnessed it. Seen from this perspective, some of the major events of the war are given startling interpretations: For example, the British considered their defeat ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published September 7th 2000 by Da Capo Press (first published November 30th 1971)
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Christopher Valin
Nov 15, 2009 Christopher Valin rated it it was amazing
My favorite book on the American Revolution from the British point of view. It avoids the dryness of many of these types of books and gives a fascinating account from the other side of what most Americans read.
'Aussie Rick'
Jun 22, 2009 'Aussie Rick' rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
`Those Damned Rebels' was originally published in 1972 in hardback and later re-released in paperback in 2000. I am glad that DaCapo Press decided to re-publish this title, as it's one of the better one-volume accounts of the American Revolution that I have read for some time. As the sub title indicates this book is mainly the war as seen though British eyes but after reading the book I think it's without any particular bias.

The author uses numerous first-hand accounts and reports from the part
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Marcus
Jun 15, 2016 Marcus rated it really liked it
To the victors the spoils, to the losers, a rather good book! As well as telling an exciting tale well, the correspondence of the British commanders and establishment has been tapped by the author to provide some fascinating insights into how the British waged the Revolutionary War. This viewpoint pretty much describes how the British snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, after winning battle after battle, but there are key elements within the narrative and particularly from the response bac ...more
Antony Castellano
Using firsthand accounts—journals, letters from British officers in the field, reports from colonial governors in the colonies—Michael Pearson has provided a contemporary report of the Revolution as the British witnessed it. Seen from this perspective, some of the major events of the war are given startling interpretations: For example, the British considered their defeat at Bunker Hill nothing more than a minor setback, especially in light of their capture of New York and Philadelphia. Only at ...more
Les Wolf
Jun 12, 2013 Les Wolf rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this history of the American Revolution. Told from the British perspective, the book imparts an insight that is at once both fascinating and compelling. An extrememly well-written book and one that has added a new dimension to my level of understanding of the conflict.
King George III, Commanders Howe, Clinton and Cornwallis, Lord Tarleton and others are so well described and quoted that they become unforgettable as real people. The details of each battle are relevant and eng
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Michaelpatrick Keena
Apr 06, 2008 Michaelpatrick Keena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like knowing both sides of history.
Recommended to Michaelpatrick by: used bookstore employee
Context is everything. What makes this book so enjoyable is reading about the War for American Independance through the perspective of the British; fore it was their war too. They were divided upon the issue as we have been in various ans similar circumstances. Knowing the full picture help us not only to better understand history; but appreciate insights to current events.
Lee
Sep 21, 2014 Lee rated it liked it
This was a decent overview of the American Revolution. I didn't really find very much if anything new that I hadn't read in American views of the Revolution.
Mark
Apr 27, 2012 Mark is currently reading it
The American Revolution as told through the British perspective. Extremely interesting to hear the other side of the story.
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