The War for Independence (Atheneum, 1988)

The War for Independence: The Story of the American Revolution

Albert Marrin

Albert Marrin recreates for the reader the important events of the time (from the Boston Massacre to Washington’s farewell to his troops) as well as presenting the ideas and individuals behind the world’s first successful rebellion. It tells of the period of American history between the French and Indian Wars and the War of 1812, completing the story of how thirteen scattered North American colonies became a nation.


...Drawing on primary sources – court testimony, letters, diaries – Marrin details everyway life. His descriptions of battles engage the reader’s senses as soldiers slide of grass slippery with blood, smell the stench of dead horses, or struggle under 120 pounds of equipment; more important, Marrin gives the reader a real grasp of certain topics – e.g., how strategy evolved over the vast, sparsely populated territory and how the bitterness between Revolutionaries and Native Americans generated by the war influenced subsequent westward expansion... Report writers will find plenty of facts here; readers will be captivated by Marrin’s vivid narrative style, exemplifying historical writing at its best.


...literally hundreds of threads of historical fact are woven into a complex tapestry of the eight-year war. Craft is evident as Marrin stages the drama, using speech and diary accounts judiciously to add a sense of immediacy, yet he plays on historical objectivity to reflect on the war’s outcome.