John Murray, 1st ed., 2001. Xxiii + 480 pp., 9 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. A little browning to fore-edge o/w FINE. The American War of Independence was one of the founding events of today’s world and that is perhaps why it has been simplified into myth – of liberty against oppression, right against wrong. The reality was different. In fact most widespread assumptions have to be overturned and that is exactly what this book does through an absorbing narrative of events that describe a war that was viscous, confused and marred by incompetence and bad faith on both sides. It was also very closer than many people realise.