An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came To Fight America

Written by Nick Bunker
Review by Claire Thurlow

Since the arrival of the Mayflower, the American colonies had been a prized possession of the British Empire. Yet in 1775 violence erupted and a bitter struggle for independence began, resulting in terrible casualties on both sides and Britain’s ultimate loss of America. Nick Bunker considers the argument that the American Revolution could have been avoided, and re-examines the roles played by Parliament and the powerful East India Company on one side of the Atlantic, and rebellious factions on the other.

This is a well-researched and highly readable account of the Boston Tea Party and the events leading to the American Revolution. Nick Bunker presents a balanced assessment of the personalities and prejudices at work on both sides, and analyses the combination of errors, misunderstandings and corruption that led to the tragedy. This book is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in Anglo-American history.