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Published: 23 April 2009

704 Pages | 41 halftone, 20 map illustrations


ISBN: 9780195382921

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Almost A Miracle

The American Victory in the War of Independence

John Ferling

  • "Monographs on the military history of the American Revolution are beyond count, but Ferlinghas put together new and old materials in a compelling way...Upon finishing the book, readers will understand how true the title is. George Washington's flaws, the intricacies of congressional relations with the army and navy, the tactics of guerilla warfare, and the horrors of the battlefield—all are presented in a readable and academically sound manner. The vignette and brushstroke fit together flawlessly. General readers and specialists alike will applaud this work. Highly recommended."-CHOICE
  • "Rich, detailed, and sound."-The Weekly Standard
  • "Arguably the best, and certainly one of the most stimulating, single-volume histories of the American Revolution. Exhaustively researched and clearly written..."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • "Comprehensive and engaging...Grand stuff and sweeping themes...Ferling is particularly strong in recreating the relentless misery of the war in Georgia and the Carolinas, an essential theater that is overlooked in many popular recountings."-Washington Post Book World
  • "In his richly detailed battle-by-battle account of the war, Ferling succeeds where other military histories fail by providing helpful background for those who don't know their flanks from their feints. He also brings the military leaders to life, exploring their backgrounds, their dispositions, their willingness to take risks."-Christian Science Monitor
  • "Arguably the best, and certainly one of the most stimulating, single-volume histories of the American Revolution." —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)