The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 22, 2011 - History - 448 pages
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Barbara W. Tuchman, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the classic The Guns of August, turns her sights homeward with this brilliant, insightful narrative of the Revolutionary War.
 
In The First Salute, one of America’s consummate historians crafts a rigorously original view of the American Revolution. Barbara W. Tuchman places the Revolution in the context of the centuries-long conflicts between England and both France and Holland, demonstrating how the aid to the American colonies of both these nations made the triumph of independence possible. 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. By turns lyrical and gripping, The First Salute is an exhilarating account of the birth of a nation.
  
Praise for The First Salute
 
“Nothing in a novel could be more thrilling than the moment in this glorious history when French soldiers arrive [to] see a tall, familiar figure: George Washington. . . . It is only part of Tuchman’s genius that she can reconstitute such scenes with so much precision and passion.”People
 
“Tuchman writes narrative history in the great tradition. . . . A persuasive book, which brings us entertaining pictures, scenes and characters.”Chicago Tribune
 
“[A] tightly woven narrative, ingeniously structured.”—The Christian Science Monitor


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User Review  - Justina Spencer - Goodreads

This book is full of detailed information on the American Revolution. It is well researched. However, it jumps around throughout the time period which becomes confusing at times. It also was at times ... Read full review

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User Review  - Duncan - Goodreads

Barbara Tuchman was at her best in this work, moving away from the standard land battles of the American War of Independence and covering what was happening at sea and in Europe. Always heavily researched, yet always readable...pity she is no longer with us. Read full review

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Epilogue
Bibliography
Reference Notes

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About the author (2011)

Barbara W. Tuchman (1912–1989) achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmermann Telegram and international fame with The Guns of August—a huge bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 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.

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