A fascinating and seemingly unique view of the American war of independence by an American. The perspective is about as trans-Atlantic as I've ever read, and that's a little shocking given that it is a book by an American for Americans. It is altogether unique among the histories I have read for how it looks at European politics and its importance rather than the military events in North America (which is the usual focus). The one problem with it is that she's more repetitive than normal, but that is a minor quibble. For a relatively short work, this is is quite revelatory.