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Perils of Peace
By Thomas Fleming

The Perils of Peace

America's Struggle for Survival After Yorktown

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Perils of Peace by Thomas Fleming

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On 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 Details

ISBN: 9780061139116
ISBN-10: 0061139114
Format: Paperback / softback
(208mm x 130mm x 25mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Collins Publishers
Publisher: Collins Publishers
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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