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"The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789" is a comprehensive account of the American Revolution designed to give readers a well rounded overview of not only the causes of the American war for independence, but also of how the war was fought.

Once "The Glorious Cause" completes its assessment of the causes of the war, it takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the war itself. The way the American Revolution was fought is frequently shrouded in the mists of legend, with great American heroes standing tall against the overwhelming might of the British and Hessian armies. There are strong elements of historical truth to that legend, but Middlekauff does an excellent job of portraying the war exactly as it was: a very closely contested fight between colonial masters and those who wished to throw off the yoke of colonialism.

The book is comprehensive in its scope; thorough in its approach; obviously very well researched; and imbued with careful, thoughtful, and incisive historical analysis. Middlekauff's descriptions of Revolutionary War battles are first-rate. The author completely captures the flavor of eighteenth century warfare in general, and of the battles of the American Revolution in particular.
The review of this Book prepared by Mike Powers








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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   18th century History of military?    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Nationality?    -   American--General Specific war?    -   Revolutionary War (US)

Subjects of this Historical Account

Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Neutral From a certain profession/group?    -   land soldiers Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Northeast    -   Deep South If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is moderately liberal

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   1 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   4 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Book makes you feel...    -   encouraged How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on history of key players How much romance?    -   1 () Minor characters feature lots of:    -   military Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   450 pages+ How much emphasis on small details?    -   3 ()

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