Item description for A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution by Theodore P. Savas & J. David Dameron...
A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution is the first comprehensive account of every engagement of the Revolution, a war that began with a brief skirmish at Lexington Green on April 19, 1775, and concluded on the battlefield at the Siege of Yorktown in October 1781.
In between were six long years of bitter fighting on land and at sea. The wide variety of combats blanketed the North American continent from Canada to the Southern colonies, from the winding coastal lowlands to the Appalachian Mountains, and from the North Atlantic to the Caribbean.
Unlike existing accounts, A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution presents each engagement in a unique way. Each battle entry offers a wide and rich-but consistent-template of information to make it easy for readers to find exactly what they are seeking.
Every entry begins with introductory details including the date of the battle, its location, commanders, opposing forces, terrain, weather, and time of day. The detailed body of each entry offers both a Colonial and British perspective of the unfolding military situation, a detailed and unbiased account of what actually transpired, a discussion of numbers and losses, an assessment of the consequences of the battle, and suggestions for further reading. Many of the entries are supported and enriched by original maps and photos. Fresh, scholarly, informative, and entertaining,
A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution will be welcomed by historians and general enthusiasts everywhere.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Aug 30, 2006
Publisher Savas Beatie
ISBN 193271412X ISBN13 9781932714128
Availability 0 units.
More About Theodore P. Savas & J. David Dameron
Theodore P. Savas graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1986 and practiced law in Silicon Valley for twelve years. In addition to teaching legal, history, and business college classes since 1992, he is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than a dozen books (published in six languages) including "The Campaign for Atlanta" & "Sherman s March to the Sea" (with David Woodbury), and "A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution" (with J. David Dameron), as well as a score of articles in a variety of journals and magazines. He is currently the managing director of Savas Beatie LLC, an independent publishing house.
Theodore P. Savas currently resides in El Dorado Hills, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution?
One of the First American Revolution Books You Should Purchase Jun 13, 2008
I'm about half way through the book... I highly recommend this book as one of your first purchases if you need a refresher course or planning on studying the American Revolution... Gives a great overview of the war on both sides... For the most part its unbiased... Also has further reading recommendations of specific battles after each discussion has some nicely detailed maps as well... If your looking for a general overview of key figures, battles with further reading advice this book is the one to get...
Brief and Sloppy Mar 28, 2008
I was disappointed in this book. I'd let some of the reviews I read get my hopes up. I had hoped it would make a nice companion to John Ferling's "Almost a Miracle" but to tell the truth, Ferling's descriptions of the battles are nearly as detailed and much more interesting. The maps were a disappointment both graphically and in the amount of detail presented, also coming in a poor second to Ferling's and for "Opposing Forces" I'd really expected more order of battle information than "British: 5,000; American: 11,000." On the whole, the book is poorly written and I'm not certain any proof reading took place, as on page 209 the authors refer to the Battle of Saratoga taking place in 1778 (it took place in 1777).
Save your money. The list price is obscene; I paid 50 cents for this book by joining the Military Book Club and I feel like I was overcharged. The only thing this book offers that Ferling doesn't is information about the battle site today, which in itself is all too brief (a sentence or two). A quick search on the Internet can get you better information if you want to tour one of these battlefields.
An Excellent Guide to Revolutionary War Battles Mar 9, 2008
"A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution" is an excellent title for anyone who wants to know more basics on several Revolutionary War engangements (major and minor). Whether summarizing major battles (Bunker Hill, Guilford Courthouse, Saratoga, Cowpens, Kings Mountain, Brandywine, Germantown, etc.) or smaller engagements, each chapter follows the same basic format: 1. Date 2. Region 3. Commanders and number of men 4. Time of day and weather conditions 5. British perspective 6. American perspective 7. Terrain 8. Summary of engagement 9. Casualties 10. Outcome 11. Remains of the battlefield (if any)
If you are looking for a book with more detailed battle descriptions, then I would suggest looking for titles that focus on a single battle or campaign. However, if you are looking for a book that summarizes several aspects of an engagement, then this is the one!
Read and enjoy. Highly recommended.
3.75 Stars! Precise American Revolution Battle Summaries! Jan 21, 2008
Basically, this is a play by play book covering all the battles of the American Revolution (North, South & Canada). Each battle is contained in about 2-5 pages were you'll learn the following: date, region, commanders, time of day, length of action, weather, opposing forces, British & American perspectives, terrain, fighting, casualties, outcome and today. Along with each battle report is a map showing how the armies moved and events transpired. Overall, it's a well researched book giving you an easy to digest summary of each battle. It does however help if you have prior knowledge of the Revolution but ultimately it is a handy, well made book, a good quick reference for looking up summaries of specific battles.
Utilitarian Oct 2, 2007
This guide is a useful tool for a general overview of the development and progress of the war of American Independence. It does not go into much detail about strategies in the specific engagements, but does give valuable information to search out futher details. It was not all that I hoped it would be as a resource for the local histories of various locales of the war, but interesting to students of history and a good initial source for a broad scope review.