I received a free Kindle copy of Scars of Independence by Holger Hoock courtesy of Net Galley and Crown, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my history book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.
I requested this book as I have read a great deal about the Revolutionary War but the description lead me to believe that this would be a different take on the events. This is the first book by Holger Hoock that I have read.
The author claims that “this is the first book to adopt violence as a central analytical and narrative focus”. While Hoock does go into more detail about the violence that occured during the Revolutionary War and the events leading up to it (such as tar and feathering), he does not uncover anything that is new or shocking.
I found his writing style to be adequate, but not on a par with a number of other Revolutionary War authors. I found myself skimming pages in order to get through the book which is never a good sign.
I can’t really recommend this book, unless you have time and a fascination with the more gory details of war.