The Perils of Peace
America's Struggle for Survival After Yorktown
By (author) Thomas Fleming
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Perils of Peace by Thomas Fleming
Book DescriptionOn October 19, 1781, Great Britain's best army surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown. But the future of the 13 former colonies was far from clear. A 13,000-man British army still occupied New York City, and another 13,000 regulars and armed loyalists were scattered from Canada to Savannah, Georgia. Meanwhile, Congress had declined to a mere 24 members, and the national treasury was empty. The American army had not been paid for years and was on the brink of mutiny.In Europe, America's only ally, France, teetered on the verge of bankruptcy and was soon reeling from a disastrous naval defeat in the Caribbean. A stubborn George III dismissed Yorktown as a minor defeat and refused to yield an acre of my dominions in America. In Paris, Ambassador Benjamin Franklin confronted violent hostility to France among his fellow members of the American peace delegation.Thomas Fleming moves elegantly between the key players in this riveting drama and shows that the outcome we take for granted was far from certain. With fresh research and masterful storytelling, Fleming breathes new life into this tumultuous but little known period in America's history. "
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780061139116
Paperback / softback
(208mm x 130mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Collins Publishers
Publisher: Collins Publishers
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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A classic biography of Benjamin Franklin for young readers in a new, illustrated edition.
Great Divide, Paperback (March 2016)
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Disease in the Public Mind, Paperback (June 2014)View all books by Thomas Fleming
In this riveting, character-driven history, one of our most respected historians traces the diseases in the public mind-the distortions of reality-that destroyed George Washington's vision of a united America and inflicted the tragedy that still divide's the nation's soul.
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