Scolar Press, Aldershot, 1st.ed., 1989. (V) + 250 pp., 8 maps & 6 plans. D.j., 23 x 15cm. FINE. The author, Professor of History at Queens College, Flushing, New York, examines how the Royal Navy fared with the problems caused by the revolt in the American colonies which led to the War of American Independence, 1775-1783. In particular he asks why was the Royal Navy unable to crush the rebellion in America by blockade ? From this viewpoint he examines American concepts of political rights and how they failed to be overcome by sea-power ; the aid and supplies the rebels received from neutral countries ; and the additional problems the British navy faced when her traditional enemies in Europe took advantage of the confused situation across the Atlantic. An interesting study.