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This is an auction for THE FIRST SALUTE: A VIEW OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Barbara W Tuchman.

"Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Barbara 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." review:

"FIVE STARS!!! Tuchman's approach to the American Revolution gives readers a fine taster of how conventional European historians view the Amerian Revolution. From her initial vantage point at St. Eustatius, the Dutch Caribbean colony whose port was the first to salute an American vessel, she takes us back to Holland to explore the Netherlands' rebellion of the 16th century: the first eruption of the modern, republican, Protestant, free-enterprise state. Thence to England, where similar convulsions brought about revolution and reform in the 17th century, and the creation of a naval empire. Viewed in this light, the American Revolutionaries of the 18th century were simply following tradition. From there, we segue to the story of Admiral Rodney, the British sailor whose absence from fleet command in 1783 was critical - indeed, decisive - in establishing Washington and Rochambleau's advantage at Yorktown. And, once the international context is firmly established, we return to the familiar perspective of Washington's continental army."

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Paperback 1997.

458 pages + 16 pages of illustrations.

Good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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