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In the summer of 1777 (twelve months after the Declaration of Indepence) the British launched an invasion from Canada under General John Burgoyne. It was the campaign that was supposed to the rebellion, but it resulted in a series of battles that changed America's history and that of the world. Stirring narrative history, skillfully told through the perspective of those who fought in the campaign, Saratoga brings to life as never before the inspiring story of Americans who did their utmost in what seemed a lost cause, achieving what proved to be the crucial victory of the Revolution.

A New York Times Notable Book, 1997

Winner of the Fraunces Tavern Museum Award, 1997

Richard M. Ketchum's work has been hailed as "superb military history of an intimacy and narrative power such as is rarely written" (Orville Prescott). The author of twelve books, Ketchum served as the editor in charge of books at American Heritage Publishing Company for two decades. A graduate of Yale University, he commanded a subchaser in the South Atlantic during World War II. Ketchum was also the editor and cofounder of Blair & Ketchum's Country Journal, a monthly magazine. He and his wife live on a farm in Vermont.

Winner of the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award

A New York Times Notable Book

Basing his incisive account on diaries, letters, and field documents of the participants, Ketchum brings one of the Revolutionary Wars pivotal battles vividly to life. Saratoga shows how ordinary Americans turned what seemed to be a lost cause into the victory that made an independent America possible.

"Ketchum, who is the author or editor of several books on American wars, draws on an enormous range of sources, including diaries and letters by officers and common soldiers. The strength of Saratoga lies in his vivid descriptions of the rugged landscape and in his many arresting portraits of participants which make clear how personal rivalries affected the conduct of the war on both sides."Pauline Maier, The New York Times Book Review

"More than a brilliant, gripping account of one of historys most important battles; it is a vivid, needed reminder of how hard-fought, gritty, sweat-soaked, god-awful, heroic, and all-important was the American War. Like Shelby Foote unfolding the drama of the Civil War, Richard M. Ketchum writes of the Revolution as if he had been there . . . No novelist could create characters more memorable than the protagonists on both the American and British sides . . . This is superbly researched, full-scale narrative history at its best."David McCullough, author of John Adams and Truman

"An exciting and richly detailed narrative history of the events leading up to the decisive battle that altered the course of the American war for independence. Distinguished historian Ketchum uses a wide range of primary and secondary sources to vividly depict this extraordinary drama. When 'Gentleman Johnny' Burgoyne's feared army of British and German veterans invaded New York, intending to meet up with General Howe's forces, they seemed at first unstoppable. Burgoyne's fierce (and uncontrollable) Indian allies terrorized the countryside, killing civilians and burning and looting outlying settlements. The settlers (some of them previously lukewarm about the revolution) were forced to unite to defend their lives, families, and homes. The Americans soundly defeated the forces of the king at the fierce battles of Bennington and Fort Stanwix. At the same time, a merciless civil war between loyalists and rebels was being fought out in a series of small, vicious engagements. Burgoyne's logistical problems (he was compelled to drag mountains of equipment and supplies over narrow, primitive roads in unfamiliar country) and constant casualties served to weaken his seemingly invincible army. His exhausted forces were finally surrounded at Saratoga, and in the ensuing battle the Americans won a great victory under the courageous leadership of Benedict Arnold, Dan Morgan, and John Glover. Burgoyne's stunning surrender of his 6,000-man army brought a reassured France into the war on the side of the Americans, a move that would prove decisive. With clear, vigorous prose and well-drawn portraits of famous and obscure personalities, Ketchum captures a stirring time in American history, producing what should be the definitive study of Burgoyne's defeat for many years to come."Kirkus Reviews

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"While academic historians busy themselves with the mysteries of race and gender, popular historians are racing to satisfy the reading public's appetite for well-written and informative history. And in the case of this book, doing it successfully. Relying on a wealth of primary sources, such as letters, diaries, battle orders, and memoirs, Ketchum vividly describes the action and consequences of the Saratoga campaign, provides colorful pen portraits of the major participants, and gives the political context as well. This is old-fashioned history at its finest—a rollicking good story told with an eye to entertain as well as to instruct." Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Synopsis:

An award-winning, thoroughly researched, you-are-there account of the critical Saratoga campaign, which turned the tide in America's fight for freedom from British rule. Photos.

Synopsis:

In the summer of 1777 (twelve months after the Declaration of Indepence) the British launched an invasion from Canada under General John Burgoyne. It was the campaign that was supposed to the rebellion, but it resulted in a series of battles that changed America's history and that of the world. Stirring narrative history, skillfully told through the perspective of those who fought in the campaign, Saratoga brings to life as never before the inspiring story of Americans who did their utmost in what seemed a lost cause, achieving what proved to be the crucial victory of the Revolution.

A New York Times Notable Book, 1997

Winner of the Fraunces Tavern Museum Award, 1997

About the Author

Richard M. Ketchum's work has been hailed as "superb military history of an intimacy and narrative power such as is rarely written" (Orville Prescott). The author of twelve books, Mr. Ketchum served as the editor in charge of books at American Heritage Publishing Company for two decades. A graduate of Yale University, he commanded a subchaser in the South Atlantic during World War II. Mr. Ketchum was the editor and cofounder of Blair & Ketchum's Country Journal, a monthly magazine. He and his wife live on a farm in Vermont.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805061239
Author:
Ketchum, Richard M.
Publisher:
Holt McDougal
Author:
Ketchum, Richard M.
Location:
New York
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Saratoga campaign, 1777
Subject:
Burgoyne's invasion, 1777
Subject:
Saratoga Campaign, N.Y., 1777
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Edition Number:
First Owl Books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
98-9
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8.9 x 6 x 1.5 in

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Product details 560 pages Owl Books (NY) - English 9780805061239 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An award-winning, thoroughly researched, you-are-there account of the critical Saratoga campaign, which turned the tide in America's fight for freedom from British rule. Photos.
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In the summer of 1777 (twelve months after the Declaration of Indepence) the British launched an invasion from Canada under General John Burgoyne. It was the campaign that was supposed to the rebellion, but it resulted in a series of battles that changed America's history and that of the world. Stirring narrative history, skillfully told through the perspective of those who fought in the campaign, Saratoga brings to life as never before the inspiring story of Americans who did their utmost in what seemed a lost cause, achieving what proved to be the crucial victory of the Revolution.

A New York Times Notable Book, 1997

Winner of the Fraunces Tavern Museum Award, 1997

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