By taking the reader through a chronological narration of the events that took place in the war, Royster elaborates upon the very ideology that fueled the actions of people who took part in the revolution. Royster takes the reader through the time when the Continental Army was evolving, to the time when it had become an effective fighting mechanism. Royster takes the reader through the intellectual mindsets that dictated the evolution and the route that the Continental Army took when adapting to the war front to which it had been exposed for the first time in the history of the colonies. Royster is precise in his statement of the fact that the reason because of which the men of the colonies rushed to the enlisting camps in 1775 was not merely because of the loathing that they shared for militarism but also because of the dislike that they held for British rules and policies and out of a desire to maintain their independence that they had. However, this was an action evoked by emotion, and emotion did not serve the American army as an efficient battle tool for long. It was purely motivation that kept the men going in battle and the faith that the men had in the purpose they had enlisted themselves for. To the men of the continental army, they were not merely fighting for the independence that they enjoyed, but the reason was one that had roots much deeper. To the men who fought in the continental army, their failure did not merely mean the experiencing of a defeat in battle, but the failure of the very military and moral principles of America. Failure at this point in history was to be overcome by mortality.