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Master Caster18 Feb 2020 8:23 a.m. PST

The British Are Coming is by RICK Atkinson (Pulitzer prize winner for history) author of the WW2 trilogy about the US Army in WW2 – North Africa, Italy and Europe. This latest is his first volume of a new work and trilogy of the American Revolution. I'm just finishing up volume one which is newly out with the other two volumes to come. It's a very good read and well done in my opinion., and I'll certainly be anxious for the rest of the series. The subtitle of volume one is The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Feb 2020 9:24 a.m. PST

A very interesting war Toby. Lots of infantry, which I rather prefer. Thank you for the recommendation in this crowded field. Was it not, "the regulars are coming" ?


Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian18 Feb 2020 9:28 a.m. PST

I quite enjoyed his WW2 trilogy.Looking forward to this.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2020 9:50 a.m. PST

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Berzerker7318 Feb 2020 5:13 p.m. PST

I just read this and thought it was very good. I recommend for anyone with with an interest in the AWI but it is a long read > 500 pages.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2020 4:59 a.m. PST

It is a fantastic book. Well written, and detailed enough. Pretty much what you would expect if you read his Liberation trilogy. The detractors of the Liberation trilogy, that thought he left out the British, will be pleased that they are all over in this one…..I, very much, look forward to the next installment.

coopman19 Feb 2020 2:20 p.m. PST

I have seen some really negative reviews on Amazon: Too much detail and not enough generalization, encyclopedic in its details, a tough long slog to read, had to force myself to finish it, etc.

codiver20 Feb 2020 6:31 a.m. PST

Almost done with it myself. As covered above, if you read the WWII Liberation Trilogy, the style and level of detail won't be a surprise.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2020 8:45 a.m. PST

Isn't "too much detail and not enough generalization" exactly what most wargamers are looking for?

codiver21 Feb 2020 7:18 a.m. PST

Actually, as far as being a book for wargamers – i.e. to help generate historical scenarios, I would say its not entirely the best. Reading it might give the wargamer ideas for a scenario within the Canadian or 1776 NY campaign; however, while Mr. Atkinson might provide a few very low level accounts/anecdotes from an engagement, he does not really provide any sort of detailed OB info, and his maps are fairly high level. A wargamer will still need to find some other sources. My $0.02 USD anyway…

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