1st ed., 1975. 352 pp., profusely illustrated with cold., plates + b&w maps & ills. D.j., 26 x 20cm. Small chip to rear of d.j. o/w Nr.FINE. Weaving together diary entries, journals, letters, and battle reports, this book portrays The American Revolution of 1775-1783 as a dramatic contemporary event. The clash of ideals and the emotional controversy, as well as the excitement of the battles themselves, are fully conveyed by authentic documents of the period, including the partisan broadsheets and scurrilous cartoons that inflamed the passions of the day. Here is the Revolution through the eyes of the actual participants – patriot and Tory, American and British, French and German. Rankin supplements a range of original and unusual historical documents with a stimulating narrative that provides a colourful background for this watershed period in American history. Lavishly illustrated.