Tuchman turns to America with a fresh new view of the events that led from the first foreign salute to the American Nationhood in 1776 to the last campaign of the Revolution five years later--the moment that inaugurated the existence of a new nation, and announced the coming of a democratic age to the Old World. 8 pages of color, 8 pages of photos ...
Tuchman turns to America with a fresh new view of the events that led from the first foreign salute to the American Nationhood in 1776 to the last campaign of the Revolution five years later--the moment that inaugurated the existence of a new nation, and announced the coming of a democratic age to the Old World. 8 pages of color, 8 pages of photos, 7 maps.
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A masterful account of how the French navy and her troops won America for the Americans, bankrupting herself in so doing and bringing about a disastrous revolution to France, thereby enabling England to win herself an Empire and France of losing the opportunity of doing so, precisely the opposite result to that which lay in the motive for aiding the Americans in the first place.
Apr 23, 2007
Another great piece from Barbara Tuchman on American History and the incredible folly of the British high command. Unfortunately General George Washington is no longer available nowadays....
Apr 1, 2007
How the American colonies became a country...
This was a great overview of the birth of a nation,focusing on the economic dynamics at play and the forces they applied to the politics of the eighteenth century.The book was pretty in depth at times,making the timeline a little hard to follow,yet what emerges is a complete view of the major players,their motives for and contributions to the creation of a new nation.The historical relationships of the European nations are revealed and presented as the table from which this creation is served.The treatment of the British is a lesson in how a politically divided nation,no matter how militarily superior,is susceptible to defeat.Details of the specific events,as told,are a riveting read,making this contribution to the history of our nation well worth your time and effort.
Publishers Weekly, 1988-08-12 In this brilliant slice of American Revolutionary history, Tuchman ( A Distant Mirror , The Guns of August ) pits the 13 colonies against a rogues' gallery of British fools. We meet looting English admiral George Rodney who confiscated British-owned property and expelled the Jews after seizing the neutral isle of St. Eustatius, the chief West Indies depot in the transatlantic trade. British Governor Tryon of New York waged a terrorist campaign of murder, arson and plunder against Connecticut citizens in 1779, fanning the flames of rebellion. The British command was fractured by the hatred between neurotic commander-in-chief Sir Henry Clinton and Lord Cornwallis, who disdained to make war on a tattered colonial militia. On the American side, the will to fight was exemplified by men like Reverend Naphtali Daggett, ex-president of Yale, a defiant old soldier on horseback. Expertly weaving political and military history, Tuchman lets you feel how Washington's victory at Yorktown sent shock-waves around the globe. Photos. 160,000 first printing; BOMC main selection. (October) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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