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

By: Ferling, John E.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007Description: xiii, 679 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780195181210 (hardcover : alk. paper); 0195181212 (hardcover : alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Campaigns | United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Biography | Generals -- United States -- Biography | United States. Continental Army -- Biography | Soldiers -- United States -- History -- 18th century | United States. Continental Army -- Military life | United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783Additional physical formats: Online version:: Almost a miracle.; Online version:: Almost a miracle.DDC classification: 973.3/3 Other classification: 15.85 | NO 2200
Contents:
"My country, my honor, my life" : bravery and death in war -- pt. 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 -- pt. 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 -- pt. 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-- pt. 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.
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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Includes bibliographical references (p. [653]-661) and index.

"My country, my honor, my life" : bravery and death in war -- pt. 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 -- pt. 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 -- pt. 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-- pt. 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.

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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Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Monographs on the military history of the American Revolution are beyond count, but Ferling (emer., Univ. of West Georgia) has put together new and old materials in a compelling way. This book (a companion to his A Leap in the Dark, CH, Feb'04, 41-3629, which covers the political side of the war) takes readers into the camps and winter quarters of the two armies and into the minds of the commanders and the common soldiers. Though the outcome is known, one can sense the uncertainties and confusions of the time. Upon finishing the book, readers will understand how true the title is. George Washington's flaws, the intricacies of congressional relations with the army and navy, the tactics of guerrilla warfare, and the horrors of the battlefield--all are presented in a readable and academically sound manner. The vignette and the broad brushstroke fit together flawlessly. Descriptions of the (likely) weather are sometimes garish, and the role of Native Americans is understated; on the other hand, the participation of women and slaves is conspicuous. General readers and specialists alike will applaud this work. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. T. S. Martin Sinclair Community College

Author notes provided by Syndetics

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 Warof 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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