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Very brief but entertaining review of the Revolution
September 11, 2018
The author notified me via email that this book was available free on Amazon so I downloaded it. I do not know the author.
This little trivia book is fine for what it is: a casual, very brief overview of the American Revolution. It does a pretty good job at quickly covering events that led up to the Revolution, including the Seven Years' War, the Intolerable Acts, etc. The actual eight years of war, however, take up a pretty small portion of the book with the Declaration of Independence discussed afterwards. Only a handful of the major players are referenced (Washington, Franklin, Jefferson).
There seems to be an unwarranted focus on Canada. While it certainly played a role, there are plenty of other pieces of the Revolution story that could have been included in its place but weren't (Bunker/Breed's Hill anyone?!). Since this is a "trivia" book, I expected it to be formatted with bulleted trivia points within chapters based on time periods, not in a more standard paragraph-based non-fiction format. It does include "random facts" at the end of each chapter followed by a small quiz.
I do take STRONG exception to the claim that America has been "in the top tiers of 'most racist countries'." Obviously slavery in any form is abhorrent and should be (and was) abolished. But to put us up there with some of the most reviled countries and ideological movements in history is asinine.