Our collective knowledge about the Revolutionary War is based largely on the actions of a relative handful of men, the group of leaders that includes, for example, George Washington. But that is an incomplete version of the war. Historian Bruce Chadwick brings the war into focus a different way, in his book The First American Army. He looks at it through the eyes of eight ordinary men, the citizen-soldiers who took time out from their everyday occupations and fought a well-trained British army -- and won.
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