One enlightening conclusion she comes to in the epilogue is not surprising, but it does make one pause, especially after the 2016 presidential election, and that refers to what George Washington had envisioned that a future America would look like. It manages everything that underpins our lives from funding free school meals, to policing rogue nuclear activity, to predicting extreme weather events. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. Rather than presenting history as the outcome of massive socio-economic forces, she presents history as a play of personalities, acting with imperfect information and sometimes questionable motives in a sea of uncertainty. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Tuchman was a of Radcliffe College and a lecturer at Harvard, the , and the.
The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. Using new and rarely seen contemporaneous documents - and drawing on a cast of iconic characters and remarkable moments that capture the innovation and energy that led to the birth of our nation - the New York Times best-selling authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin provide a breathtaking account of this seminal and previously undervalued moment in the battle for American independence. From 1980 to 1983 in there were dual hardcover and paperback awards in most categories, and. I do not know the circumstanc Barbara Tuchman was a touchstone of my teenage years. Her adeptness at adopting different voices for the various characters was stellar - so much so that when I just read parts I chose this book because I was interested in an expanded understanding of the American Revolutionary War. Finally, the French aided the Americans not because they loved the idea of representational democracy at the time they were a monarchy , but because by doing so they would seriously upset the British trade and British complacency.
No missing or damaged pages. Tuchman chronicles these events with her customary skill. Her mother was the daughter of , 's ambassador to the. A persuasive book, which brings us entertaining pictures, scenes and characters. Tuchman's storytelling prowess was rewarded in 1963 when she received the for her book The Guns of August, dealing with the behind-the-scenes political machinations which led to the eruption of in the summer of 1914. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe and the start of his decline. When would the war start? After absorbing the news of today, one expects to face a world consisting entirely of strikes, crimes, power failures, broken water mains, stalled trains, school shutdowns, muggers, drug addicts, neo-Nazis, and rapists.
She won the Pulitzer Prize twice. They thus saw the war as being one that would be won by Great Britain as a matter of course, and never entertained the thought that the Americans under Mr. This book looked at the naval events during the American Revolution. The role of the Island in the Carribean was very important, they all had their commercial value. Instead of an aggressive ally, they were tied to a dependent client, unable to establish a strong government and requiring transfusions of men-at-arms and money to keep its war effort alive.
Besides, persistence of the normal is usually greater than the effect of the disturbance, as we know from our own times. Their was not a middle level that worked for me. It is a shame to see someone who is obviously such a meticulous scholar jump to such conclusions when the facts she had at hand were more than adequate. Too bad that Tuchman doesn't stop at her available documentation. I read it library copy years ago. Size: Octavo standard book size.
I've read books that tell the usual information about the American Revolution but this book takes a fresh look at a perspective from the naval point of view. Very good condition; edges, corners, and covers of book show minor wear. Place Of Publication: New York. She sets the scene, including pithy sketches of the cast of characters in the action, then uses quotations and detailed descriptions from the sources, creating tension that makes the reader wondering what happens next. What an eye-opening account of the American Revolution! She attended the on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Tuchman explores the relationships between the Dutch, the British, the French, and the Spanish powers, and how the American Revolution fit into their various agendas.
The view of Europe on the British predicament was the best. She sheds new light on the key role played by the contending navies, paints a magnificent portrait of George Washington, and recounts in riveting detail the decisive campaign of the war at Yorktown. Dutch support and direct French intervention were of immense value to the American's; however, the Americans received this support more to antagonize the British than to help the budding new country in the New World. Although she never received a formal graduate degree in history, Tuchman was the recipient of a number of honorary degrees from leading American universities, including , , , , , and , among others. The discussion of Washington's coming to terms with a battle at Yorktown rather than New York is well told. The First Salute by Barbara W.
By turns lyrical and gripping, The First Salute is an exhilarating account of the birth of a nation. Tuchman's skills are great but the book could have been better organized or the title changed to reflect the real main plot. About the Author: Barbara W. Her other works include Bible and Sword, The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China for which Tuchman was awarded a second Pulitzer Prize , Notes from China, A Distant Mirror, Practicing History, The March of Folly, and The First Salute. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. From where could the colonists buy guns and gunpowder? This is inexcusable as in many cases the plain truth of the Americans fighting from behind rocks and trees from Lexington to Yorktown have been dispelled and are easy to document as she proves herself, when she provides a map of the siege at youktown laying out the lovely linear siege tactics employed by the French and Americans.