Ian Saberton holds a PhD in history from the University of Warwick. Perhaps of greatest relevance to his writing about the Revolutionary War was his service as an adviser on constitutional and political affairs, machinery of government, contingency planning, devolution and the like in the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) at the height of the troubles. Part of his duties was to write historical papers of an applied nature for the benefit of Ministers. It is then that he became keenly interested in the American Revolution. Overall, what his service in NIO has brought to his writing about the war is hands-on experience in dealing with a quasi-revolutionary situation.