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Almost a Miracle : the American Victory in the War of Independence (07 Edition)

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In this gripping chronicle of America's struggle for independence, award-winning historian John Ferling transports readers to the grim realities of that war, capturing an eight-year conflict filled with heroism, suffering, cowardice, betrayal, and fierce dedication. As Ferling demonstrates, it was a war that America came much closer to losing than is now usually remembered. General George Washington put it best when he said that the American victory was "little short of a standing miracle."

Almost a Miracle offers an illuminating portrait of America's triumph, offering vivid descriptions of all the major engagements, from the first shots fired on Lexington Green to the surrender of General Cornwallis at Yorktown, revealing how these battles often hinged on intangibles such as leadership under fire, heroism, good fortune, blunders, tenacity, and surprise. The author paints sharp-eyed portraits of the key figures in the war, including General Washington and other American officers and civilian leaders. Some do not always measure up to their iconic reputations, including Washington himself. Others, such as the quirky, acerbic Charles Lee, are seen in a much better light than usual. The book also examines the many faceless men who soldiered, often for years on end, braving untold dangers and enduring abounding miseries. The author explains why they served and sacrificed, and sees them as the forgotten heroes who won American independence. Ferling's narrative is also filled with compassion for the men who comprised the British army and who, like their American counterparts, struggled and died at an astonishing rate in this harsh war. Nor does Ferling ignore the naval war, describing dangerous patrols and grand and dazzling naval actions.

Finally, Almost a Miracle takes readers inside the legislative chambers and plush offices of diplomats to reveal countless decisions that altered the course of this war. The story that unfolds is at times a tale of folly, at times one of appalling misinformation and confusion, and now and then one of insightful and dauntless statesmanship.

Review:

"In late 1779, John Adams, then America's 'minister plenipotentiary for peace,' set out across the Atlantic for France. It was a difficult moment. The Revolution was turning into a long war. It had been more than four years since Lexington and Concord and three since the Declaration of Independence; the American forces and their French allies had just lost an important engagement in Savannah. Adams... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

In this gripping chronicle of America's struggle for independence, award-winning historian John Ferling transports readers to the grim realities of that war, capturing an eight-year conflict filled with heroism, suffering, cowardice, betrayal, and fierce dedication. As Ferling demonstrates, it was a war that America came much closer to losing than is now usually remembered. General George Washington put it best when he said that the American victory was "little short of a standing miracle."

Almost a Miracle offers an illuminating portrait of America's triumph, offering vivid descriptions of all the major engagements, from the first shots fired on Lexington Green to the surrender of General Cornwallis at Yorktown, revealing how these battles often hinged on intangibles such as leadership under fire, heroism, good fortune, blunders, tenacity, and surprise. Ferling paints sharp-eyed portraits of the key figures in the war, including General Washington and other American officers and civilian leaders. Some do not always measure up to their iconic reputations, including Washington himself. The book also examines the many faceless men who soldiered, often for years on end, braving untold dangers and enduring abounding miseries. The author explains why they served and sacrificed, and sees them as the forgotten heroes who won American independence.

About the Author

John Ferling brings to this book nearly forty years of experience as a historian of early America. He is the author of nine books and numerous articles on the American Revolution and early American wars, and has appeared in four television documentaries devoted to the Revolution and the War of Independence. His book A Leap in the Dark won the Fraunces Tavern Book Award as the year's best book on the American Revolution. He and his wife live in metropolitan Atlanta.

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Maps

Preface

Introduction: "My Country, My Honor, My Life": Bravery and Death in War

Part One: Going to War, 1775-1776

1. "Fear Is Not an American Art": The Coming of the War

3. Choices, 1775

Part Two: The War in the North, 1776-1779

4. "Hastening Fast to a Crisis": June 1775-June 1776

5. Choices, 1776

6. "Knock Him Up for the Campaign": The Battle for New York, 1776

7. "This Hour of Adversity": To the End of 1776

8. Choices, 1777

9. "The Caprice of War": America's Pivotal Victory at Saratoga

10. "We Rallied and Broke": The Campaign for Philadelphia, September-December 1777

11. Choices, 1778

12. "A Respectable Army": The Grim Year, 1778

13. Choices, 1779

14. "A Band of Brotherhood": The Soldiers, the Army, and the Forgotten War of 1779

15. "We Have Occasioned a Good Deal of Terror": The War at Sea

16. Choices

Part Three: The War in theSouth, 1780-1781

17. "A Year Filled With Our Disgraces": Defeat in the South, 1780

18. "Southern Means and Southern Exertions": Hope and Despair, June-December 1780

19. Choices, 1781

20. "Bloody and Severe": The Pivotal Southern War, Early 1781

21. "We Are Suspended in the Balance": Spring and Summer 1781

Part Four: American Victory, 1781-1783

22. "America is Ours": Victory at Yorktown, 1781

23. Choices, 1782

24. "May We Have Peace in Our Time": Peace and Demobilization, 1782-1783

25. "Little Short of a Miracle": Accounting of America's Victory

Abbreviations

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195181210
Subtitle:
The American Victory in the War of Independence
Author:
Ferling, John
Author:
Ferling, John E.
Author:
null, John
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Generals
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
History, American | Colonial
Subject:
History, American | Colonial and Revolutionary
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
History, American | Colonial & Revolutionary
Publication Date:
20070604
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
41 halftones, 20 maps
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
6.6 x 9.3 x 2.2 in 2.5 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In this gripping chronicle of America's struggle for independence, award-winning historian John Ferling transports readers to the grim realities of that war, capturing an eight-year conflict filled with heroism, suffering, cowardice, betrayal, and fierce dedication. As Ferling demonstrates, it was a war that America came much closer to losing than is now usually remembered. General George Washington put it best when he said that the American victory was "little short of a standing miracle."

Almost a Miracle offers an illuminating portrait of America's triumph, offering vivid descriptions of all the major engagements, from the first shots fired on Lexington Green to the surrender of General Cornwallis at Yorktown, revealing how these battles often hinged on intangibles such as leadership under fire, heroism, good fortune, blunders, tenacity, and surprise. Ferling paints sharp-eyed portraits of the key figures in the war, including General Washington and other American officers and civilian leaders. Some do not always measure up to their iconic reputations, including Washington himself. The book also examines the many faceless men who soldiered, often for years on end, braving untold dangers and enduring abounding miseries. The author explains why they served and sacrificed, and sees them as the forgotten heroes who won American independence.

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