Almost a Miracle The American Victory in the War of Independence

ISBN-10: 0195382927
ISBN-13: 9780195382921
Edition: 2009
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Description: In this gripping chronicle of America's struggle for independence, award-winning historian John Ferling transports readers to the grim realities of that war, capturing an eight-year conflict filled with heroism, suffering, cowardice, betrayal, and  More...

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List price: $12.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/23/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

In this gripping chronicle of America's struggle for independence, award-winning historian John Ferling transports readers to the grim realities of that war, capturing an eight-year conflict filled with heroism, suffering, cowardice, betrayal, and fierce dedication. As Ferling demonstrates, it was a war that America came much closer to losing than is now usually remembered. General George Washington put it best when he said that the American victory was "little short of a standingmiracle." Almost a Miracle offers an illuminating portrait of America's triumph, offering vivid descriptions of all the major engagements, from the first shots fired on Lexington Green to the surrender of General Cornwallis at Yorktown, revealing how these battles often hinged on intangibles such as leadership under fire, heroism, good fortune, blunders, tenacity, and surprise. Ferling paints sharp-eyed portraits of the key figures in the war, including General Washington and other Americanofficers and civilian leaders. Some do not always measure up to their iconic reputations, including Washington himself. The book also examines the many faceless men who soldiered, often for years on end, braving untold dangers and enduring abounding miseries. The author explains why they served andsacrificed, and sees them as the forgotten heroes who won American independence.

John Ferling is Professor Emeritus of History at the State University of West Georgia. A leading authority on American Revolutionary history, he has appeared in many documentaries and has written numerous books, including Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War for Independence, Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, The First of Men: A Life of George Washington, Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, and Jefferson in the American Revolution, and the award-winning A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic.

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Preface
Introduction: "My Country, My Honor, My Life": Bravery and Death in War
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
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
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
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
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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