The War for American Independence

From 1760 to the Surrender at Yorktown in 1781
Author: Samuel B. Griffith II
Paper – $25.95
978-0-252-07060-0
Publication Date: June 2002
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About the Book

Including both attention to strategic policies in Britain and France and personal accounts of colonial soldiers, The War for American Independence provides an unprecedented view of America's struggle for independence in its world context. With wit, clarity, and dramatic effect, Samuel B. Griffith II vivifies the characters and incidents of the period on both sides of the Atlantic, drawing from personal diaries and letters, newspaper accounts, and detailed battle maps to create a unique alternative to standard histories of the period.

This enduring and exceptionally readable resource, first published in 1976 under the title In Defense of the Public Liberty: Britain, America, and the Struggle for Independence from 1760 to the Surrender at Yorktown in 1781, was honored with the Sons of Liberty Award for the best book on the American Revolution.

About the Author

Brigadier General Samuel B. Griffith II, U.S.M.C., was wounded at Guadalcanal and was awarded the Navy Cross in 1942 and the Army Distinguished Service Cross in 1943. He earned his Ph.D. in Chinese military history at New College, Oxford University, and published articles and essays in the New Yorker, Town and Country, and the Saturday Evening Post. He also published the book Battle for Guadalcanal and translated Mao Tse-Tung's On Guerrilla Warfare.

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