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
There isn't much in this book to justify the "genius of George Washington" cited in the subtitle. In the year before Yorktown, the continental army was close to collapse, and the states were refusing to stump up taxes to pay for it. Robert Morris resorted to paying the troops in a personal paper currency of his own invention! Philbrick describes the American forces as "a fly on an elephant's back" in comparison to the French war effort. Washington did not even want the Yorktown campaign, preferr ...more
”The bitter truth was that by the summer of 1781 the American Revolution had failed. With thousands of able-bodied citizens refusing to serve, with the the thirteen states refusing to fund the meager army that did exist, and with the Continental Congress helpless to effect any constructive change, the very existence of the United States now rested with the soldiers and sailors of another nation.”
French Engraving of the Siege of Yorktown (1781).
Considering how few Americans actually participated ...more
Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. It is much more interesting to a historian to read about a specific event in a larger period such as the Battle of Yorktown during the American Revolution. The detailed behaviors and relationships of the main characters are developed to a greater extent than would be in a general volume. I have always had an admiration for the loser at Yorktown, Lord Cornwallis. I still believe he was a good commander but Philbrick shows hi ...more
The latest in the series of books on the battles of the American Revolution by the author. This one like his previous works in the series did not disappoint. Very interesting and very detailed. This book describes the last year of the war and the last naval engagement of the American Revolution. With the aid of the French navy, Washington defeated the British at the Battle of Yorktown.
Nathaniel Philbrick's credentials as a historian and story-teller are by now, very well established and any new work from him is a cause for celebration. In his latest work he has chosen to focus on the build-up and many surrounding facets to the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, precipitating the end of the American Revolution.
Not skimping on the detail in the slightest, Philbrick shows the myriad ways in which this fortuitous trapping of Britain's largest army south of NY came about, b ...more
As good a historical overview of the end of the war for American independence as you could want. I'll read just about anything Philbrick writes. His style is clear, he has a way of drawing you forward through the narrative so that you anticipate the next development, and even though the outcome is now a matter of historical fact (spoiler alert -- we won!), you still find yourself wanting to turn the page to find out what happens next.
Philbrick points out the heroes surrounding the battle at Yor ...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
Two (if) by sea!
Wishing to update my own book “George Washington’s Liberty Key,” I very much enjoyed Philbrick’s outstanding book, where I found lots of “Wow, I didn’t know thats!” While the book is wide-ranging in Revolutionary War coverage, it essentially covers: 1. Washington’s leadership (including deception) in getting his (French included) men to Yorktown before Clinton knew what was up. 2 (hence my headline). the events at sea (hurricanes, sea strategy, a Spanish diplomat, etc) which led ...more