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

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  80 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
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 conventional views of the American Revolution in almost every aspect-why it happened, who was winning and when, the characters of the principal protagoni
Hardcover, 456 pages
Published May 22nd 2002 by The Overlook Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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R.M.F Brown
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Pete daPixie
As a British reader, I thought this was excellent. I became so engaged in the history of this 'Revolutionary War' that I utilised a World Atlas to follow the action. But then when I couldn't locate certain places on my map, I used Google Earth, which lengthened the reading time of this book, but certainly increased my fascination. Although there are maps provided, G.E. had me following the campaigns and observing the sites in pictures, perhaps a factor in the five star rating.
Without these indul
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
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Geoff Boxell
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for all citizens of the USA to give them a better balance of what is more accurately called The Anglo-American Civil War.
So many myths in what is put out in America about this war and so little substance.
Michael Wills
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harvey's book gives an excellent background to American War of Independence. His style is at once authoritative and entertaining.
In retrospect it's a decent British POV. However, it requires a certain familiarity with the period; as a result, I never finished what was to be my introduction to the American Revolution...
Frederick Bingham
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
A book about the American revolution told from the british perspective. Too long and detailed to interest me.
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