The thrilling story of the Revolutionary War finale from the New York Times bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Valiant Ambition.Here is the story of the remarkable year leading up to the siege of Yorktown. It sets Washington against his traitorous nemesis Benedict Arnold and places him in impossible situations and constant acrimonious negotiation with his Fren...
|Title||:||In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown|
|Number of Pages||:||366 pages|
In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown Reviews
A well written and concise account of both the people and events that played critical roles in the battle of Yorktown occurring as it did. Some of the reviews spuriously impugn Washington. However though Washington made several mistakes during the Revolution, he is no less a leader and warrior than any other military leader of any period. As in any battle, key actions from participants and even nature formed a perfect storm for the British. That doesn’t lessen Washington’s leadership, rather it ...more
The defeat of the British by a rebellious group of colonists, unlikely, foolhardy, even unbelievable, this book explores the ultimate victory in depth, illustrating the players, the weather, the luck, everything that happened. Unlike schoolbook history, we learn more than a superficial outline. We become aware that it was a combination of multiple factors and decisions, not always cut and dried. The relationship between two main allies, the French and the future Americans was often contentious a ...more
Despite being interested in US history, particularly military history, I have been woefully ignorant of much of the Revolutionary War. I purchased this book from The Book of the Month Club to rectify that shortcoming, and it was well worth the purchase price and the time spent reading it. The author does not attempt to cover up Washington's flaws (a sometimes volatile temper; an indifference to ending slavery until much later in his life, etc.) but instead contrasts that with his genius (devotio ...more
I love history, and this book quenched my thirst for it. The writing made reading this book a breeze. If any of my college textbooks read like this piece of non-fiction, perhaps I would have read some of them.
George Washington surpasses human ability in his patience, in his resolve, in his wisdom, in his strategy. Coincidence and fortune favored him, but without his keen intellect and strong leadership, our country would never have existed. He fought for the cause longer and harder than anyone, ...more
Much, MUCH better than his previous book about Benedict Arnold. This has a greater and tighter focus, perhaps because he's not covering material fairly well known to many history buffs, and because he doesn't have a halfway dual biography restraint to let him think he's got focus when he doesn't. (I thought that was a problem with the Arnold book.)
I learned several new things from this book. I knew the basics of the Battle of the Straits, but did not know why Romney was not there. I also did not ...more
I read a lot of history. All too often, I have to put a book aside or struggle through it because the author seems more concerned with impressing his peers with his perspicacity and erudition than with informing the general reader. Consequently, I am delighted when I find an author who is both a good historian and an enjoyable writer. I have a list of half a dozen or so who I follow closely and eagerly await their next book. Nathaniel Philbrick is certainly at the top of this list. In the Hurric ...more
The defeated British army trudged out of the ruins of Yorktown to the slow beat of a drum, surrounded by the American militia on one side of the road and the French on the other. The British General and his army showed their disdain of the Americans, giving their attention to the French. How could a barely clothed army of ill-fed and unpaid country yahoos defeat their magnificence? Only the French were worthy enemies.
And yet somehow General George Washington had achieved the unthinkable. Yes, he ...more
A fascinating account of the Battle of the Chesapeake between the British and French navies, which culminated in the end of the American revolution at Yorktown. Too often this battle is overlooked in accounts of the revolution due to the minimal American presence, although Philbrick establishes that George Washington was the mastermind of the plot. Other personalities - Jefferson, Hamilton, Arnold, Cornwallis - don’t come off so well. Towards the end Philbrick derails the narrative somewhat with ...more