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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2018 11:45 a.m. PST

"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…."
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Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Jun 2018 12:50 p.m. PST

Odd review for a book so old it may pre-date the Declaration of Independence.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian27 Jun 2018 2:18 p.m. PST

I've read that one! grin

GonerGonerGoner28 Jun 2018 6:24 a.m. PST

Barbara W. Tuchman died in 1989.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2018 6:31 a.m. PST

Yes. It's a rather old book.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2018 10:10 a.m. PST

But… is good or not? (smile)


Virginia Tory02 Jul 2018 7:51 a.m. PST

Read it in 80s. Very tedious and seemed like an attempt to justify a role for the Netherlands they didn't have. Way overdone.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2018 8:46 a.m. PST

She has another book, "The March of Folly", in which she tries to show how throughout history, governments often act against their own best interests. This isn't all that new, but she tries to show how this was staring them in the face all along, and that they acted knowing that.
She starts with Troy and the Horse, then goes through the Renaissance popes, George III and the American Revolution up to Vietnam.
The premise is the various "governments" knew all along that what they were doing was contrary to their interests.
It's a forced argument at best. Cassandra was not "the government". Plenty of outsiders, and a few insiders, may have been uneasy. That's not the same thing as seeing the rocks and damning the torpedoes.

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