Wednesday 30 December 2015

Book Review: Redcoats and Rebels by Christopher Hibbert

Title: Redcoats & Rebels
Author: Christopher Hibbert
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
Publication Date: 2008 (1990)
Pages: 375
Format: Paperback
Genre: Non-Fiction

Source: Xmas Gift

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Redcoats and Rebels provides a thorough introduction to the Revolutionary War. Told with great authority and clarity it describes and details the effects of each notable event from 1770 to 1781, examining each of the major battles and skirmishes but not getting bogged down in deep analysis of battle formations and strategies. Instead concentrating on the war as a whole and its political and economic impacts on Britain and America and consequently how each commander's strategy was affected, the book is filled with anecdotes to give the reader a clearer understanding of how the war affected the lives of those involved. (Goodreads Synopsis)

Redcoats and Rebels is a wonderful overview text to the American Revolution, looking at both sides of the fight. Covering the full course of the conflict, there is no time to look in-depth at battles and events (the André-Arnold episode is covered in just a few pages for example); however, other texts do that, and this one does a good job presenting the bigger picture. Scholarly yet accessible, this is a read that should please both serious students and the more general reader. Highly recommended.

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