It is a commonly held platitude that victors write history. However well-intentioned the victorious triumphant, history books still hold some level of propaganda. Motivations of the other side, whether they be the ruling class oppressors or the naive revolutionists, morph to fit the current era’s cultural and political understanding of the historic period. Events that were earth-shattering in one corner of the globe barely register in another. From the French perspective, the American revolution was simply a costly and final...