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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not Tuchman's best, but still an excellent book
Barabra Tuchman's last book is not her best (cannot be compared to the Guns of August or The March of Folly) but it definitely has the Tuchman magic touch and unique historic sense of seeing and conveying the portrayed events in the scope of long term historical affect on mankind.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen About everything BUT the American Revolution
Call me a traditionalist, but I think it is reasonable to assume that a book promising to be about the American Revolution, even one claiming a "fresh approach", should have more than a passing reference to the battle for American independence. Instead, Barbare Tuchman has given us a very scholarly and well-researched discourse on the Dutch and British...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen About everything BUT the American Revolution, 11. Juli 2000
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Call me a traditionalist, but I think it is reasonable to assume that a book promising to be about the American Revolution, even one claiming a "fresh approach", should have more than a passing reference to the battle for American independence. Instead, Barbare Tuchman has given us a very scholarly and well-researched discourse on the Dutch and British navies, with an occasional mention of the conflict in the colonies. Ms. Tuchman wants to demonstrate the importance of the Dutch navy, the Dutch's recognition of American vessels, and their willingness to trade with the colonies despite Britain's embargo, on the overall outcome of the war. That is all well and good, but she gets so hopelessly bogged down in detail that the average reader loses focus as she meticulously explores topics such as the history of the "ship of the line" method of naval warfare, complete with irrelevant digressions on earlier British court martials of admirals from the 1740's who deviated from the rigid rules of naval warfare. If you have a unique interest in the conflict between the British and Dutch navies, and the historical context of the American Revolution to that European conflict, than this is the book for you. Otherwise, stick with an excellent book like Robert Leckie's George Washington's War for a gripping, historical, chronological description of the American Revolution, including its major and minor players both here and in England.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not Tuchman's best, but still an excellent book, 14. Juni 1998
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Barabra Tuchman's last book is not her best (cannot be compared to the Guns of August or The March of Folly) but it definitely has the Tuchman magic touch and unique historic sense of seeing and conveying the portrayed events in the scope of long term historical affect on mankind.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Deepen Your Understanding of the American Revolution, 29. Dezember 2005
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Beginning with the salute to the American Flag in the harbor of St. Eustatius on November 16, 1776, Barbara Tuchman tells a military history of the American Revolution from the perspective of the four, yes, four, countries most deeply involved, America, The Netherlands, Britain and France. The focus of "The First Salute" is on the military and naval aspects of the war, not the political or social. This book explains the role of the Dutch merchants of St. Eustatius in supplying the Continentals with supplies of war. The reader is introduced to the main characters, American, British and French who planned and executed the battles that decided the fate of a Continent. This book deals with the main flow of the war, rather than the tactics of individual battles. More attention is paid to naval matters than in most other histories of the war.
Although generally well written, through most of the book I was trying to discern its unifying theme. By the end, the theme of international cooperation and competition in the war shone through. "The First Salute" is not a good choice for a first history of the revolution, but will serve to broaden and deepen the understanding of one already familiar with the war.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Barbara Tuchman is Classical Political / Historical Journalism - I like to read her books extremely, 19. Januar 2014
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I first read the german version ("Der erste Salut)" and afterwards the orignial english on kindle.
For a german reader the insights about the acting people (from Admiral Rodney, the british admirality, the french Admiral de Grasse, George Washington, ...) are very interesting if one wants to understand what are the human beings behind big historical eventls like the loss of the american colonies.
The handling figures become real human beeings, leaders, the way of communicating and logistics become clearer - sometimes very strange for a reader used to internet communication, .... In a typical german school curriculum this part of history is not treated very intensive. Like most of Barbara Tuchmanns books, the scientific historian community obviously does not esteem her work too high - it's more like "popular science". On the other hand, that kind of books make the glue and the context transparent that holds dry history together and relates it to real live, it's easy and conveniant to read . I personally like to read Barbara Tuchman a lot and among Tuchman's books "The first salute" nearly as much as "August 1914" and "The distant mirror".
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Starts slow but builds speed, 9. Juli 1998
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This book is slow-going for the first hundred pages or so, but pleasure and insight await the reader who's willing to tough it out. Certainly not Tuchman's best, but it'll do...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen good, but not her best, 17. Juni 2000
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This book is interesting and informative, but much more as a collection of curious trivia than as a coherent history of the Revolution. What Ms. Tuchman covers about European politics during the war years may well indeed be more topical and important than our textbooks would suggest-- but it is presented in an almost chaotic fashion that only obscures her main points. This book will not give you any sort of contextual, continuous, and sensible account of the events of the war from any point of view. Read it as a general-interest Tuchman specimen _after_ being converted by the splendid "Guns of August" and "Proud Tower".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great story., 2. Juni 1998
Characters of the revolution live in this book. Especially informative about some I've never heard of, like the various admirals who botched the war for the Brits. You get to admire George Washington more than ever--how did we ever produce such a man? Tuchman takes you to places you never knew were part of the story, like the various United Provinces of the Netherlands, and the crucial island of St. Eustace where much of the supplies came through.
A great story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Made me curious, 11. August 1999
This book gave my an insight in the dutch involvement in the american revolution. After reading it I picked up other books on the american and the dutch revolutions, how they compare and how they differ and how the dutch revolution influenced the dutch reaction to the american revoltion. On top of that I found it a pleasant book to read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A world wide look at the bid for independence., 18. Dezember 1997
As with all Tuchman histories it's readable placing the struggle of the colonies in its historical world wide perspective, telling us of the history never taught with special emphasis on the French contribution. It's alerts us to how close New York came to becoming the London of the 19th century.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely great book about the revolutionary war., 22. Januar 1997
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Absolutely great! A very different look at the events and
people that led our country to freedom. Very interesting
in its discussion of Dutch and French involvement in our
cause. Also mentions the first official foreign recognition
of our country's flag!!
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