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I requested this book because I am an avid reader of american history and I grew up in upstate New York. I have read several books on the revolutionary war, but this is the first solely dedicated to the battle of Saratoga. This is the first book by Dean Snow that I have read.
The book is well researched and written. It is not a dry history narrative, but an engaging read that addresses the battle and the roles of John Burgoyne and Horatio Gates in a straightforward chronological way. He clearly addresses the failure of Burgoyne’s approach and the strategy that Gates uses to defeat him.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in american history and in particular the Revolutionary War and this specific battle.