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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (731 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Tuchman Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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The prize-winning historian's fresh look at the people and events that decided America's struggle for independence. Its suspenseful climax is the 500-mile march undertaken by General Washington to surround Cornwallis at Yorktown.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rene | 2/18/2014

    " Barbara Tuchman did it again! :) Great book on american revolutionary war with different "Tuchman" touch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 2/12/2014

    " This was a very interesting take on the American Revolution, discussing it in terms of being a continuation of the wars in Europe. Lots of interesting points and very readable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/8/2014

    " This is a pretty good book, Barbara Tuchman did a decent amount of research and did give a new and different look at the American Revolution. It's not a long book and I think it is worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 2/6/2014

    " An idiosyncratic look at the American Revolution, focussing for the main part on maritime affairs and foreign relations, including such things as a long digression about the history of Holland. On the way learned a reasonable amount about naval tactics and shipboard conditions in the 18th century. Nobody comes out of the events looking like a genius. Rated G. 3/5 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/3/2014

    " A little known incident in US Naval history. Tuchman will get you where you live with this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gary Mesick | 2/3/2014

    " I don't often give up on books, but I did here. It just didn't grab and hold me, and so about a third of the way through, I decided life was too short to continue. I learned a few things about the Dutch, but that wasn't why I picked this one up. There was too little about the usual suspects of the Revolution, and so rather than fleshing out an oft-told tale, I felt as if I was reading something completely different. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Edwards | 1/14/2014

    " You have got to read this. It brings a fresh new look at the American revolution "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nomad | 1/7/2014

    " I gave this Book 4 Stars because of the content , but the book read like a high school History text book. The Book rambles for the most part but the last two Chapters of the book are excellent . anomad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scotts | 1/7/2014

    " Fascinating story and analysis. This was my first non-fiction history read after college and it sparked a new found love of the genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb Mason | 12/22/2013

    " The story of how a small Dutch island influenced the victory of the Americans during the Revolutionary War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 11/22/2013

    " Enjoyable history of American Revolution with strong focus on the European involvements and very little on many of the commonly known battles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flan | 10/23/2013

    " A look at the colonies from a perspective I hadn't considered before. Appreciated the view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Whatwouldthefoundersthink | 10/15/2013

    " This was a pretty good book and different from many histories of the American Revolution, in that it is a view from the outside in. I've done a fairly thorough review at WWTFT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Pontarelli | 9/30/2013

    " Good narrative regarding the Revolution in the south. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtiss | 9/20/2012

    " A vivid description of the first recognition of the American Colonies as an independant nation by the Dutch administration of the island of St. Eustatius in the West Indies; and of its impact on the course of the American Revolution and on world history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Van Slyke | 7/3/2012

    " An enjoyable history of the American revolution from a different perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scottmangan | 9/8/2011

    " Fascinating view into the birth of the US navy. Interesting and not often told of the role of the Dutch (and their decay as a world power) prior to the Americna revolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frederick Dotolo | 8/24/2011

    " Great history of the American Revolution. Tuchman contextualizes the war as part of greater struggle in Europe between Britain and her rivals (France and Holland). She also pulls no punches when she criticizes certain British politicians and generals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 7/29/2011

    " Another wonderful book from Tuchman from which I learned so much history - history they never taught us in school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/11/2011

    " A little known incident in US Naval history. Tuchman will get you where you live with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 6/4/2010

    " An enjoyable history of the American revolution from a different perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scottmangan | 8/12/2009

    " Fascinating view into the birth of the US navy. Interesting and not often told of the role of the Dutch (and their decay as a world power) prior to the Americna revolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scotts | 12/16/2008

    " Fascinating story and analysis. This was my first non-fiction history read after college and it sparked a new found love of the genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riktangle | 8/11/2008

    " A transnational history of the American Revolution. Learned a lot about a subject that is glossed over in history classes. Tuchman writes very well; that's very important to me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 6/16/2008

    " Enjoyable history of American Revolution with strong focus on the European involvements and very little on many of the commonly known battles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtiss | 4/27/2008

    " A vivid description of the first recognition of the American Colonies as an independant nation by the Dutch administration of the island of St. Eustatius in the West Indies; and of its impact on the course of the American Revolution and on world history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flan | 2/10/2008

    " A look at the colonies from a perspective I hadn't considered before. Appreciated the view. "

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About the Author

Barbara Wertheim Tuchman was an American historian and author. She won the Pulitzer Prize twice, for The Guns of August and Stillwell and the American Experience in China.

About the Narrator

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. In 2006, she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration and in 2004 for Best Inspirational Literature Narration.She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and has won nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she has appeared on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse and The Square One Theater, among others.