Almost A Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence

Paperback | April 15, 2009

byJohn Ferling

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In this gripping chronicle of America's struggle for independence, award-winning historian John Ferling transports readers to the grim realities of that war, capturing an eight-year conflict filled with heroism, suffering, cowardice, betrayal, and fierce dedication. As Ferling demonstrates, itwas a war that America came much closer to losing than is now usually remembered. General George Washington put it best when he said that the American victory was "little short of a standing miracle." Almost a Miracle offers an illuminating portrait of America's triumph, offering vivid descriptions of all the major engagements, from the first shots fired on Lexington Green to the surrender of General Cornwallis at Yorktown, revealing how these battles often hinged on intangibles such asleadership under fire, heroism, good fortune, blunders, tenacity, and surprise. Ferling paints sharp-eyed portraits of the key figures in the war, including General Washington and other American officers and civilian leaders. Some do not always measure up to their iconic reputations, includingWashington himself. The book also examines the many faceless men who soldiered, often for years on end, braving untold dangers and enduring abounding miseries. The author explains why they served and sacrificed, and sees them as the forgotten heroes who won American independence.

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In this gripping chronicle of America's struggle for independence, award-winning historian John Ferling transports readers to the grim realities of that war, capturing an eight-year conflict filled with heroism, suffering, cowardice, betrayal, and fierce dedication. As Ferling demonstrates, itwas a war that America came much closer to ...

John Ferling brings to this book nearly forty years of experience as a historian of early America. He is the author of nine books and numerous articles on the American Revolution and early American wars, and has appeared in four television documentaries devoted to the Revolution and the War of Independence. His book A Leap in the Dar...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 1.6 inPublished:April 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Illustrations and MapsPrefaceIntroduction: "My Country, My Honor, My Life": Bravery and Death in WarPart One: Going to War, 1775-17761. "Fear Is Not an American Art": The Coming of the War3. Choices, 1775Part Two: The War in the North, 1776-17794. "Hastening Fast to a Crisis": June 1775-June 17765. Choices, 17766. "Knock Him Up for the Campaign": The Battle for New York, 17767. "This Hour of Adversity": To the End of 17768. Choices, 17779. "The Caprice of War": America's Pivotal Victory at Saratoga10. "We Rallied and Broke": The Campaign for Philadelphia, September-December 177711. Choices, 177812. "A Respectable Army": The Grim Year, 177813. Choices, 177914. "A Band of Brotherhood": The Soldiers, the Army, and the Forgotten War of 177915. "We Have Occasioned a Good Deal of Terror": The War at Sea16. ChoicesPart Three: The War in the South, 1780-178117. "A Year Filled With Our Disgraces": Defeat in the South, 178018. "Southern Means and Southern Exertions": Hope and Despair, June-December 178019. Choices, 178120. "Bloody and Severe": The Pivotal Southern War, Early 178121. "We Are Suspended in the Balance": Spring and Summer 1781Part Four: American Victory, 1781-178322. "America is Ours": Victory at Yorktown, 178123. Choices, 178224. "May We Have Peace in Our Time": Peace and Demobilization, 1782-178325. "Little Short of a Miracle": Accounting of America's VictoryAbbreviationsNotesBibliographyIndex