Each of these works made a significant contribution to the literature and advanced our knowledge of the subject. Middlekauff provided a detailed political, military, and diplomatic account of the American struggle for independence. Countryman’s more concise treatment had as its major theme the impact of the Revolution on American society. Bonwick presented a detailed synthesis of the literature on the rebellion of the American colonies and the creation of the United States. Given the strengths of these works, one might ask: Why another book on the American Revolution?