The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution (Paperback)

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Barbara W. Tuchman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the classic "The Guns of August, "turns her sights homeward with this brilliant, insightful narrative of the Revolutionary War.
In "The First Salute, " one of America's consummate historians crafts a rigorously original view of the American Revolution. Barbara W. Tuchman places the Revolution in the context of the centuries-long conflicts between England and both France and Holland, demonstrating how the aid to the American colonies of both these nations made the triumph of independence possible. She sheds new light on the key role played by the contending navies, paints a magnificent portrait of George Washington, and recounts in riveting detail the decisive campaign of the war at Yorktown. By turns lyrical and gripping, "The First Salute" is an exhilarating account of the birth of a nation.
Praise for "The First Salute"
"Nothing in a novel could be more thrilling than the moment in this glorious history when French soldiers arrive to] see a tall, familiar figure: George Washington. . . . It is only part of Tuchman's genius that she can reconstitute such scenes with so much precision and passion."--"People"
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"Tuchman writes narrative history in the great tradition. . . . A persuasive book, which brings us entertaining pictures, scenes and characters."--"Chicago Tribune"
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" A] tightly woven narrative, ingeniously structured.""--The Christian Science Monitor.

About the Author


Barbara W. Tuchman achieved prominence as a historian with "The Zimmermann Telegram "and international fame with "The Guns of August," which won the Pulitzer Prize. There followed five more books: "The Proud Tower," "Stilwell and the American Experience in China" (also awarded the Pulitzer Prize), "A Distant Mirror," "Practicing History," and "The March of Folly," "The First Salute" was Mrs. Tuchman's last book before her death in February 1989.

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Praise For…


“Nothing in a novel could be more thrilling than the moment in this glorious history when French soldiers arrive [to] see a tall, familiar figure: George Washington. . . . It is only part of Tuchman’s genius that she can reconstitute such scenes with so much precision and passion.”People
 
“Tuchman writes narrative history in the great tradition. . . . A persuasive book, which brings us entertaining pictures, scenes and characters.”Chicago Tribune
 
“[A] tightly woven narrative, ingeniously structured.”—The Christian Science Monitor

Product Details
ISBN: 9780345336675
ISBN-10: 0345336674
Publisher: Random House Trade
Publication Date: September 6th, 1989
Pages: 448
Language: English