James, Captain W. M. The British Navy in Adversity: A Study of the War of American Independence. The Scholar's Bookshelf, 2005. ISBN: 0945726295.
459 pp. New. Paperback. 
First published in 1926, this is the 2005 Scholar's Bookshelf reprint edition.
A remarkably comprehensive and well informed study originally published in 1926 and written by a Royal Navy captain who focused on the challenge presented to British seapower by the American Revolution with its issues of international maritime warfare, challenges to the Admiralty which had let the Royal Navy fall behind its rivals, neutrality, commerce, and other questions. The author presents a narrative history of British naval operations around the world during this time, the military and civilian leaders, strategies, and overall results. Extensive documentary material includes lists of commissioned ships. Many illustrations and maps.