The Perils of Peace



The Perils of Peace 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.In His Riveting New Book, Thomas Fleming Moves Elegantly Between The Key Players In This Drama And Shows That The Outcome We Take For Granted Was Far From Certain Not Without Anguish, General Washington Resisted The Urgings Of Many Officers To Seize Power And Held The Angry Army Together Until Peace And Independence Arrived With Fresh Research And Masterful Storytelling, Fleming Breathes New Life Into This Tumultuous But Little Known Period In America S History.

  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • The Perils of Peace
  • Thomas J. Fleming
  • English
  • 02 February 2018
  • 0061139106

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10 thoughts on “The Perils of Peace

  1. says:

    This book purports to show how close we came to losing the Revolutionary War It is in the time after the last major battle and before the signing of the peace treaty that the United States faced the most danger of return to the British Empire Now nearly forgotten figures such as Arthur Lee and Ralph Izard worked hard to derail Benjamin Franklin s efforts, not because they did not want a peace treaty but because of personal animosity Other, better known figures, such as John Adams and John Jay This book purports to show how close we came to losing the Revolutionary War It is in the time after the last major battle and before the signing of the peace treaty that the United States faced the most danger of return to the British Empire Now nearly forgotten figures such as Arthur Lee and Ralph Izard worked hard to derail Benjami...

  2. says:

    The Perils of Peace provides a comprehensive and fascinating look at the pivotal years after Yorktown on which the fate of the newly formed United States hung While many assume the war simply ended after Yorktown it took another two years for the British to surrender and this time of peace nearly proved to be the undoing of the United States From a demoralized American army that could not seek battle with the enemy to a broke United States treasury that could not buy basic supplies nor raise The Perils of Peace provides a comprehensive and fascinating look at the pivotal years after Yorktown on which the fate of the newly formed United States hung While many assume the war simply ended after Yorktown it took another two years for the British to surrender and this time of peace nearly proved to be the undoing of the United States From a demoralized American army that could not seek battle with the enemy to a broke United States treasury that could not buy basic supplies nor raise the requisite taxes to pay the interest on the debt the country stood paralyzed to fall As states became mini fiefdoms under various local governors and the army begin to foment revolts those that we call founding fathers stepped forward to master the chaos.What this book does better than many that come before it, is to show what was happening on both sides of the oceans The European theater wa...

  3. says:

    I was expecting a book concerning the history of the United States between the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783 to or through the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the Articles of Confederation years Rather it covered the years from the victory at Yorktown in 1781 until the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783 Many people expected Yorktown to be the end of the war instead, there were twoyears of fighting which ...

  4. says:

    An excellent book outlining the early history of America The financial struggle and political differences of the founders are laid out against the continued hostility of the British after Yorktown The author also lays out how the American Independence fueled reform in France, Britain, and Ireland by example, the embarrassment of royalty, and the financial strain put on the countries to hold onto other territories while waging war to support or fight the colonies Independence You ll even lear An excellent book outlining the early history of America...

  5. says:

    What a great book This is such an important yet not well known part of our history This is a great book to read with After Yorktown by Glickstein which cover the same time period but from the military standpoint This succeeds because even though it is a history, it...

  6. says:

    A lot of insight into a forgotten and dark period for our country and reinforces how much we owe to George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

  7. says:

    Some bits of information about this period new to me, but they are not all that well connected Some too casual and biased attitudes towards some figures Overall, not a terrible book, but I don t quite care for author s style.

  8. says:

    Secret war was betterI read this book near the time I read Boone biography and was interesting to me that these very different lives were happening around same time

  9. says:

    A wonderfully written book with a handsome dust jacket, well researched subject matter, appealing to both the casual reader and history buff, The Perils of Peace by Thomas Fleming focuses on the pivotal time after the American victory over the British at Yorktown Each chapter is as illuminating as eleven candles lighting up a large dark room and shedding important light on situations and circumstances most people aren t keenly aware of and bringing to life a lot of the little details that wou A wonderfully written book with a handsome dust jacket, well researched subject matter, appealing to both the casual reader and history buff, The Perils of Peace by Thomas Fleming focuses on the pivotal time after the American victory over the British at Yorktown Each chapter is as illuminating as eleven candles lighting up a large dark room and shedding important light on situations and circumstances most people aren t keenly aware of and bringing to life a lot of the little details that would otherwise have been concealed by oblivion Fleming writes with discernible passion and a learned flair that transports the reader to each unique setting he is vividly penning no stone is left unturned as the author painstakingly delves into his historical retelling of this poignant time At times, admittedly, there are some slow parts as is par for the course with a lot of books, but Fleming is presenting an entirely meticulous overview of this crucial time period with intent to c...

  10. says:

    This rapidly compelling narrative history makes short shrift of the unstable time from Yorktown till Washington returns his commission In a time of heated diplomacy, Thomas Fleming paints a detailed picture of the fight for the peace military, financial, and personal In so doing, Fleming makes the rest of historyunderstandable With a historian s individualist bent, the interrelation of world events become swirls within swirls, each driving the next Franklin with Washington s portrait This rapidly compelling narrative history makes short shrift of the unstable time from Yorktown till Washington returns his commission In a time of heated diplomacy, Thomas Fleming paints a detailed picture of the fight for the peace military, financial, and personal In so doing, Fleming makes the rest of historyunderstandable With a historian s individualist bent, the interrelation of world events become swirls within swirls, each driving the next Franklin with Washington s portrait behind him, talking with the Comte de Vergennes about one of a series of l...

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