Almost A Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence

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Oxford University Press, 4. jun. 2007 - 704 strani
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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Very detailed, yet concise narrative about the American Revolution. There were many tidbits of information I'd not read before sprinkled throughout the book. The style and tone were welcoming, with ... Celotno mnenje

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Uporabnikova ocena  - SDiMeglio - LibraryThing

This was a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. Ferling's detailed descriptions of the battle lines and strategies are very informative but more maps would have been helpful. One account I found ... Celotno mnenje

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My Country My Honor My Life Bravery and Death in War
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GOING TO WAR 17751776
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THE WAR IN THE NORTH 17761779
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THE WAR IN THE SOUTH 17801781
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AMERICAN VICTORY 17811783
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Abbreviations
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Notes
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Bibliography
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Index
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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.

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