Jan 23, 10
Read in January, 2010 — I own a copy
The American revolution is an event surrounded by a lot of myth. Urban takes the story of a regiment that was unbelievably in action from the first shot until the last and weaves a compelling overview of the war. He is helped by the fact tat the 23rd Foot had a higher than average collection of journals and other documents surviving to the present.
For British readers who like me had no real idea of the overall sweep of the War and for American readers wanting to dig below the grade school level summaries this is a great read.
It also begs comparison of the experience of the "regulars" in colonial America to the troops in unpopular wars overseas from any country. Add your own candidates to this list if you please.