Spring 1965 • Vol. XXVII No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1965 |

The Anti-War

THE WAR FOR AMERICA, 1775-1783 by Piers Mackesy. Harvard University Press, $10.00. PORTRAIT OF A GENERAL: SIR HENRY CLINTON IN THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE by William B. Willcox. Alfred A. Knopf, $8.95. The war of American Independence was the greatest defeat for British arms in at least a century. It destroyed the First British Empire, and, for a time, the Mother Country's influence abroad. The contrast with the brilliant successes of the Seven Years' War (1756-63) is stark and absolute, the raw stuff of grand tragedy and cautionary myth: Pitt the Elder, the Great Commoner, created; George III, the petty king and would-be tyrant, destroyed. American heroism, rallying around the superb Washington, turned aside the assault upon liberty, as dear to right-thinking Britons as to embattled colonists. The ideological interpretation of the American war, much favored by historians in this country and their "Whig" companions across the Atlantic, has been under healthy revision for some ti

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THE WAR FOR AMERICA, 1775-1783 by Piers Mackesy. Harvard University Press, $10.00. PORTRAIT OF A GENERAL: SIR HENRY CLINTON IN THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE by William B. Willcox. Alfred A. […]

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