Books: War or Revolution?

TRIUMPH OF FREEDOM 1775-1783 (718 pp.]—John C. Miller—Little, Brown ($6.50).

This new one-volume history of the American Revolution is as coldly dispassionate about a passionate subject as an indictment for murder. It is doubtful whether any other study of the revolution is at once so compact and so inclusive, or succeeds so well in avoiding the myths of the professional flag-wavers or the narrow materialism of the muckrakers.

Most U.S. readers know what an ordeal the revolution was in the U.S.; few of them know what it meant to the British Empire. At its...

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