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Almost a miracle : the American victory in the War of Independence, John Ferling

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Almost a miracle : the American victory in the War of Independence
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Almost a miracle
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the American victory in the War of Independence
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John Ferling
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eng
Summary
Describes the military history of the American Revolution and the grim realities of the eight-year conflict while offering descriptions of the major engagements on land and sea and the decisions that influenced the course of the war
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Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Ferling, professor emeritus at the University of West Georgia, caps his distinguished career as a scholar and popular writer on the colonial/revolutionary period with arguably the best, and certainly one of the most stimulating, single-volume histories of the American Revolution. Exhaustively researched and clearly written, it stresses the contingent aspects of a war where victory depended on making the fewest mistakes. Despite chances to end the war in battle, by negotiation or by international conference, Britain failed for lack of manpower, the decision to wage limited war and an ineffective central government—and above all, comprehensive underestimation of American military effectiveness and political resolve. America's cause, ironically, nearly foundered on reluctance to support a standing army, and a government that wasn't strong enough to plan and execute a concerted war effort. That popular enthusiasm never broke owed much to a stable French alliance and to George Washington, who was a good diplomat, a better politician and an excellent judge of character. Steadily growing into the responsibilities of commander in chief, he achieved legitimate iconic status by the war's end. Ultimately, Ferling demonstrates that independence was won through the endurance of the American people and their soldiers, who held on for that last vital quarter of an hour. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 9, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 15, p44)
  • Ferling (history, emeritus, Univ. of West Georgia; Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 ), a prolific historian of Colonial and Revolutionary America, provides a traditional diplomatic and military history of the Revolutionary War. He focuses on how tightly matched the conflict was, emphasizing the importance of the choices and decisions the commanders made as well as the war's ensuing turning points. Ferling's passion for the topic is obvious. His prose is generally solid, despite some minor annoyances. For example, his repeated references to Washington's "Fabian tactics" get tiresome. His book's primary value is as a modern, accessible survey that incorporates the findings of many scholarly texts from the last few decades. Though the book is marketed as the first authoritative military history of the war in 40 years, Don Higginbotham's The War of American Independence and Robert Middlekauff's The Glorious Cause remain the standards. Recommended for public and academic libraries seeking to expand collections on the American Revolution.—Matthew J. Wayman, Pennsylvania State Univ. Lib., Abington --Matthew J. Wayman (Reviewed May 1, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 8, p90)
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Ferling, John E
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973.3/3
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  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E230
LC item number
.F47 2007
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Generals
  • Soldiers
  • United States
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adult
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the American victory in the War of Independence
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Almost a miracle : the American victory in the War of Independence, John Ferling
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 653-661) and index
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Contents
"My country, my honor, my life" : bravery and death in war -- Part 1. Going to war, 1775-1776. "Fear is not an American art" : the coming of the war ; "A loss that is greater than we can bear" : going to war ; Choices, 1775 -- Part 2. The war in the North, 1776-1779. "Hastening fast to a crisis" : June 1775-June 1776 ; Choices, 1776 ; "Knock him up for the campaign" : the Battle for New York, 1776 ; "This hour of adversity" : to the end of 1776 ; Choices, 1777 ; "The caprice of war" : America's pivotal victory at Saratoga ; "We rallied and broke" : the Campaign for Philadelphia, September-December 1777 ; Choices, 1778 ; "A respectable army" : the grim year, 1778 ; Choices, 1779 ; "A band of brotherhood" : the soldiers, the army, and the forgotten war in 1779 ; "We have occasioned a good deal of terror" : the war at sea ; Choices, 1780 -- Part 3. The war in the South, 1780-1781. "A year filled with our disgraces" : defeat in the South, 1780 ; "Southern means and Southern exertions" : hope and despair, June-December 1780 ; Choices, 1781 ; "Bloody and severe" : the pivotal Southern war, early 1781; "We are suspended in the balance" : Spring and Summer 1781-- Part 4. American victory, 1781-1783. "America is ours" : victory at Yorktown, 1781 ; Choices, 1782 ; "May we have peace in our time" : peace and demobilization, 1782-1783 ; "Little short of a miracle" : accounting for America's victory
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Book Club edition.
Extent
xiii, 679 pages
Isbn
9780195181210
Lccn
2007009366
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
99816843646
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 85898929
  • (OCoLC)85898929
Label
Almost a miracle : the American victory in the War of Independence, John Ferling
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 653-661) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"My country, my honor, my life" : bravery and death in war -- Part 1. Going to war, 1775-1776. "Fear is not an American art" : the coming of the war ; "A loss that is greater than we can bear" : going to war ; Choices, 1775 -- Part 2. The war in the North, 1776-1779. "Hastening fast to a crisis" : June 1775-June 1776 ; Choices, 1776 ; "Knock him up for the campaign" : the Battle for New York, 1776 ; "This hour of adversity" : to the end of 1776 ; Choices, 1777 ; "The caprice of war" : America's pivotal victory at Saratoga ; "We rallied and broke" : the Campaign for Philadelphia, September-December 1777 ; Choices, 1778 ; "A respectable army" : the grim year, 1778 ; Choices, 1779 ; "A band of brotherhood" : the soldiers, the army, and the forgotten war in 1779 ; "We have occasioned a good deal of terror" : the war at sea ; Choices, 1780 -- Part 3. The war in the South, 1780-1781. "A year filled with our disgraces" : defeat in the South, 1780 ; "Southern means and Southern exertions" : hope and despair, June-December 1780 ; Choices, 1781 ; "Bloody and severe" : the pivotal Southern war, early 1781; "We are suspended in the balance" : Spring and Summer 1781-- Part 4. American victory, 1781-1783. "America is ours" : victory at Yorktown, 1781 ; Choices, 1782 ; "May we have peace in our time" : peace and demobilization, 1782-1783 ; "Little short of a miracle" : accounting for America's victory
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Book Club edition.
Extent
xiii, 679 pages
Isbn
9780195181210
Lccn
2007009366
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
99816843646
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 85898929
  • (OCoLC)85898929

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