The American War of Independence: a long and arduous fight by a young nation trying to break free of outside control. Tony MacLachlan, having already written extensively on the Civil Wars closer to home in Hampshire and Wiltshire, now continues to focus on the struggles, victories and defeat of the American forces. What sets this text apart is its meticulous attention to detail, and the passion with which it tells the story. The author recounts the causes and politics of the war, bringing the battles to life with over 70 maps and diagrams and by over 100 pages of data, including fleet lists and army organisation details. He explains the wider campaign and the individual strategies employed, as well as providing detail on those entangled in the struggle. The result is an informative and enjoyable read, which leaves the reader in no doubt as to MacLachlan's knowledge and enthusiasm towards this fascinating battle for independence. With maps designed and produced by Rowanvale Books and personal touches throughout, this text will appeal to a wide-scale audience. It provides key information that would compliment both college and university courses covering American History, war gaming societies, and any reader who wishes to learn more about this fascinating turning point in history.