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In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
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Nathaniel Philbrick
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In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown

Nathaniel Philbrick


9780525426769

Viking


Biography: historical, political & military;
History;
History of the Americas;
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900;
Military history;
Warfare & defence


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384 pages

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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 French allies, along with his young protégé, the Marquis de Lafayette and his energetic general Nathanael Greene. In a narrative that moves from the ship-crowded waters off Newport, Rhode Island, to a wooded hillside near North Carolina's Guilford Courthouse, to the Dutch storehouses on the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius, Philbrick narrates the pivotal naval battle that brought the end of America's long, elusive path to independence. It was an improbable triumph made possible by Washington's brilliant strategy, leadership, and revolutionary use of sea power.

In the Hurricane's Eye opens in the fall of 1780. For five years, American and British forces had clashed along the edge of a vast continent and were now at a stalemate. The Royal Navy, with its fleet of powerful warships (just one of which mounted more cannons than possessed by the entire rebel army), could attack the rebels' seaside cities at will. The Rebels could just fall back inland and wait. Neither side could inflict the killing blow. As Washington knew better than anyone, only the French navy could break Britain's stranglehold on the eastern seaboard and thus ensure an American victory.

In the Battle of the Chesapeake (1781 - called the most important naval engagement in the history of the world), a French admiral foiled British attempts to rescue the army led by General Cornwallis. By making the subsequent victory at Yorktown a virtual inevitability, this naval battle - masterminded by Washington but waged without a single American ship - was largely responsible for the independence of the United States. A riveting and wide-ranging narrative, full of dramatic, unexpected turns, In the Hurricane's Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, on Washington and the sea.

By:   Nathaniel Philbrick
Imprint:   Viking
Dimensions:   Height: 231mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   658g
ISBN:   9780525426769
ISBN 10:   0525426760
Series:   American Revolution
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award; Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Valiant Ambition, winner of the George Washington Prize; Bunker Hill, winner of the New England Book Award; Sea of Glory; The Last Stand; Why Read Moby Dick?; Away Off Shore; and Second Wind.


[Philbrick], an accomplished popular historian...excels when writing about sailors and the ocean. He vividly renders the interplay of skill and chaos in naval combat by massive fleets, as well as the fury of hurricanes...In the Hurricane's Eye delivers on the author's promise to 'put the sea where it properly belongs: at the center of the story.' --Wall Street Journal Told with all the zest and eloquence [Philbrick's] millions of readers have come to expect. Philbrick is right to observe that this epic afternoon of cannon fire on the coastal sea-lanes is largely overlooked in popular accounts of the Revolution; In the Hurricane's Eye is exactly the kind of rousing narrative account it deserves. --Christian Science Monitor A gripping narrative about the year that won the Revolutionary War. --The New York Post Magnificent... Philbrick's writing is just superb, and while he manages to incorporate many marvelous and little know stories and vignettes, the book reads almost like a Tom Clancy thriller, with political intrigue, international machinations, and suspense keeping the pages turning even if the reader is already basically familiar with the story...This book will delight, educate, and entertain while it brings to light the genius, chance, and sacrifice that finally brought about America's independence. --NY Journal of Books A thoroughly enjoyable account of the moment that allowed the United States to morph from rebellious territory into an independent nation. It is another Philbrick masterpiece that will engage and entertain readers for generations...Philbrick's exhaustive research into the events leading to Yorktown cast new light on Washington's value as a strategic military planner and his understanding of naval warfare. --HistoryNet A gripping account of the campaigns of 1781. --Chapter16.org A tense, richly detailed narrative of the American Revolution...Philbrick reprises the protagonists of his last history of the War of Independence in a meticulously researched recounting of the events leading up to the colonists' victory at the Battle of Yorktown...Philbrick, a sailor himself, recounts the strategic maneuvering involved in the many naval encounters: ships' positions, wind direction and strength, and the disorienting cloud of fire and smoke that often imperiled the fleet. --Kirkus Reviews Readers of Revolutionary War history will be enrapt by the blow-by-blow detail of this lively narrative, which is supported by countless letters and journal entries from key participants. --Library Journal Another insightful and accessible account...This thought-provoking history will deepen readers' understanding of how the U.S. achieved its independence. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) Philbrick manages to impart the immediacy of breaking news to his descriptions of marches, skirmishes and battles...He places the reader in the midst of the fray. --Bookpage All readers interested in the Revolutionary War, and especially fans of naval history, will find Philbrick's fresh account rewarding, right through the epilogue. --Booklist Praise for Valiant Ambition Clear and insightful, it consolidates his reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction. --The Wall Street Journal May be one of the greatest what-if books of the age--a volume that turns one of America's best-known narratives on its head. --The Boston Globe A suspenseful, richly detailed, and deeply researched book --The New York Review of Books History at its most compelling: political machinations, military jostling and outright treachery. And Philbrick's vivid writing brings the whistling cannon balls and half-frozen soldiers to life (and death) in vivid detail. --The Seattle Times The near-tragic nature of the drama hinges not on any military secrets Arnold gave to the British but on an open secret: the weakness of the patriot cause....Arnold's betrayal still makes for great drama, proving once again that the supposed villains of a story are usually the most interesting. --The New York Times Book Review Philbrick wants his readers to experience the terror, the suffering and the adrenaline rush of battle, and he wants us to grit our teeth at our early politicians who, by their pettiness and shortsightedness, shape military events as profoundly as generals and admirals do. Finally, he reveals the emotional and physical cost of war on colonial society. He succeeds on all fronts. --The Washington Post Praise for Bunker Hill A masterpiece of narrative and perspective. --The Boston Globe A tour de force. --Chicago Tribune Popular history at its best--a taut narrative with a novelist's touch, grounded in careful research. --Miami Herald A story that resonates with leadership lessons for all times. --Walter Isaacson, The Washington Post

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