More or less, although for me it's the details which are intersesting. I think everybody knows that the French weren't being altruistic, and that the British soon decided that writing off New England might be the best way to hold on to the rest of their New World empire. It's not like Ferling has discovered some shocking facts which completely rewrite the history of the war. But by framing the war within its global context, he helps the reader comprehend how the Americans, from about 1779/1780 on, were justifiably worried that their cause would be swallowed up and superceded by a larger struggle between several European powers. The problem with ANY history is that the story often has an air of inevitability. Ferling really illustrates how tenuous the success--even the survival--of the Revolution was during those middle years.