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  1. Victory at Yorktown: The Campaign That Won the Revolution
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  2. Victory at Yorktown: The Campaign That Won the Revolution

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From "the finest historian of the American Revolution" comes the definitive account of the battle and unlikely triumph that led to American independence (Douglas Brinkley)

In 1780, during the Revolutionary War, George Washington's army lay idle for want of supplies, food, and money. All hope seemed lost until a powerful French force landed at Newport in July. Then, under Washington's directives, Nathanael Greene began a series of hit-and-run operations against the British. The damage the guerrilla fighters inflicted would help drive the enemy to Yorktown, where Greene and Lafayette would trap them before Washington and Rochambeau, supported by the French fleet, arrived to deliver the coup de grâce.

Richard M. Ketchum illuminates, for the first time, the strategies and heroic personalities--American and French--that led to the surprise victory, only the second major battle the Americans would win in almost seven horrific years. Relying on good fortune, daring, and sheer determination never to give up, American and French fighters--many of whom walked from Newport and New York to Virginia--brought about that rarest of military operations: a race against time and distance, on land and at sea. Ketchum brings to life the gripping and inspirational story of how the rebels defeated the world's finest army against all odds.

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Richard M. Ketchum
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Henry Holt and Co.
Henry Holt and Co.
Henry Holt and Co.
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As with all the books I have read by Mr. Ketchum, this one lived up to my expectations as a very excellent book that does the subject well. Well researched to describe the personalities of the Patriots, the French, the English and to a lesser degree the Spanish and Dutch, Ketchum goes into the battles leading up to Yorktown, the mechanisms that brought all the players to Yorktown and the aftermath of Yorktown. Washington, Benedict Arnold, Cornwallis, Tarleton, and many more are brought to life.

As with all books on Yorktown, more questions are raised. Why did Cornwallis choose Yorktown to settle in for a defensive zone? It is below the heights, full of mosquitoes, and not easy to resupply. Why did he not escape to Portsmouth as Washington escaped from Brooklyn to Manhattan when faced in a similar situation?

Well done. A very good addition to ones library.
An excellent historical summary of the background, action and post victory activities related to the battle for Yorktown. The writer provides a rich tapestry of information on key leaders on all sides in this excellent book. The historical and detailed information on the French Army and its contribution to the revoulution plus the clarifying text on the role of the French Navy add new insights into the defeat of the British. For history buffs and serious scholars this work is one worthy of a good read.
This book was recommended and selected for our DAR Chapter book club. Sixteen women read the book and had a discussion at last month's book club meeting. Each main character was discussed at length by different ladies, including both the British and Americans, in order to fully cover the story of this important battle of the Revolutionary War.

Every member present greatly enjoyed this book, and we are recommending it to our whole Chapter as a "must read" addition to our ongoing book lists.
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