Now we have the first volume of his trilogy on the Revolutionary War, entitled The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777. Atkinson's particular genius, and I do not use that word casually, is to make you see and smell and hear. He describes not only what took place, but what it was like to be there. The amount of research that has gone into doing so must be absolutely staggering. He can tell you that Britannia ruled the waves with a fleet was largely worn and leaking, and it's because he's researched the shipbuilding of the time, and found that it was horrendously expensive, and slow, and that there was not enough seasoned wood of the right kind available.