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The First Salute: View of the American Revolution Paperback – 21 Sep 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (21 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842121774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842121771
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,314,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Nothing in a novel could be more thrilling than the moment in this glorious history when French soldiers arrive [to] see a tall, familiar figure: George Washington. . . . It is only part of Tuchman's genius that she can reconstitute such scenes with so much precision and passion."--"People"
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"Tuchman writes narrative history in the great tradition. . . . A persuasive book, which brings us entertaining pictures, scenes and characters."--"Chicago Tribune"
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"[A] tightly woven narrative, ingeniously structured.""--The Christian Science Monitor"

Nothing in a novel could be more thrilling than the moment in this glorious history when French soldiers arrive [to] see a tall, familiar figure: George Washington. . . . It is only part of Tuchman s genius that she can reconstitute such scenes with so much precision and passion. "People"
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Tuchman writes narrative history in the great tradition. . . . A persuasive book, which brings us entertaining pictures, scenes and characters. "Chicago Tribune"
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[A] tightly woven narrative, ingeniously structured. " The Christian Science Monitor"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Narrative history in the great tradition . . ." Chicago Tribune
Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and bestselling author Barbara W. Tuchman analyzes the American Revolution in a brilliantly original way, placing the war in the historical context of the centuries-long conflicts between England and both France and Holland. This compellingly written history paints a magnificent portrait of General George Washington and recounts in riveting detail the events responsible for the birth of our nation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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the beginning of the book is about the first salute greeted to an American flag ship. Although the first half of the book is mostly about the battle at sea, the Dutch,French and British ships this part is needed to give you an idea what the purposes and causes were of the Dutch to help the Americans ( only because of commercial importance), the French ( because they wanted to get rid of British power in the New World). The role of the Island in the Carribean was very important, they all had their commercial value. Food, money and ships were needed to battle for independency in the US and in the end with the help of French Navy the US rebels defeated the British which lead to the start of a new nation.
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Obviously as a British schoolgirl barely touched on the American Revolution (and there were Americans in class!) so I've now very satisfactorily plugged the gap & discovered the American view - something I felt I ought to know with all the relevant characters. What does interest me & Barbara Tuchman conveyed this is what is going on in Europe at the same time.
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Beginning with the salute to the American Flag in the harbor of St. Eustatius on November 16, 1776, Barbara Tuchman tells a military history of the American Revolution from the perspective of the four, yes, four, countries most deeply involved, America, The Netherlands, Britain and France. The focus of “The First Salute” is on the military and naval aspects of the war, not the political or social. This book explains the role of the Dutch merchants of St. Eustatius in supplying the Continentals with supplies of war. The reader is introduced to the main characters, American, British and French who planned and executed the battles that decided the fate of a Continent. This book deals with the main flow of the war, rather than the tactics of individual battles. More attention is paid to naval matters than in most other histories of the war.
Although generally well written, through most of the book I was trying to discern its unifying theme. By the end, the theme of international cooperation and competition in the war shone through. “The First Salute” is not a good choice for a first history of the revolution, but will serve to broaden and deepen the understanding of one already familiar with the war.
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A fascinating insight into the complexities behind the American Revolution. The involvement of the main European powers is often overlooked and this view is well explored.
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I concur that this book is a remarkably readible and entertaining story of American revolutionary supply by the Dutch and interdiction by the British. However, we must warn readers that the title is a bit misleading. The "First Salute" meant here is NOT to the Stars and Stripes, but to the American flag which preceded the Old Glory - the Grand Union Flag. This is the flag that flew on the Andrew Doria (USS is also a misnomer, there was no United States until 1789). The actual first salute to the Stars and Stripes was given by the French and received by John Paul Jones' flagship USS Ranger almost a year later when that vessel was leaving Quiberon harbor.
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