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Victory at Yorktown: The Campaign That Won the Revolution

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From "the finest historian of the American Revolution" comes the definitive account of the battle and unlikely triumph that led to American independence (Douglas Brinkley)

In 1780, during the Revolutionary War, George Washington's army lay idle for want of supplies, food, and money. All hope seemed lost until a powerful French force landed at Newport in July. Then, under Wa
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 4th 2004 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Pretty good.

However, there is nothing special about this book. The author, despite being a well known historian on the Rev War offers nothing new about the Yorktown Campaign of 1781. There are in fact some important omissions.

While covering aspects of Greene's well worn campaign we get the same old accounts of Cowpens, King's Mountain and Guilford Courthouse. These are all well know battles that have been covered many times before. What is lacking is a comprehensive description of the Virginia C
Peter Landis
A valuable read for any American. However, the author throws so many names into the book that I fear anyone who does not already know a great deal about the Revolutionary war will often be lost, such as myself.

Overall the book was constantly choppy, both in tone and quality.
Harold Titus
What many people find disturbing about the general populace today is its lack of knowledge of our country’s past. Certainly an understanding of how our country came to be is essential for us to be clear-sighted citizens.

The historical information that Victory at Yorktown provides is targeted for adult readers more than it is people of high school age. Reading the book and appreciating its content requires a discipline not found among a majority people of high school age, in my opinion. Accurate
Richard Ketchum certainly knows the War for Independence, having authored well-received books on Bunker Hill, Saratoga, New York, and Trenton. In Victory at Yorktown, he offers a detailed, well researche, and entertaining account of the events of 1781, when General Washington was required to face that cold, hard truth that, without a decisive victory in the field, the revolution (along with its founders) were doomed. The Continental Army, never large enough to begin with, had dwindled to a mere ...more
October 19th, 1781-a British Army under Major General Lord Cornwallis marched out of their entrenchments at Yorktown Virginia and surrendered to General George Washington commanding the American forces and to Lieutenant General de Rochambeau commanding the French. The Revolutionary War would go on for another two years but after Yorktown the British would never try again to subdue it's rebellious colonies.

The story of how the Americans managed to win and the British managed to lose is a fascinat
Mr. Ketchum gives an excellent account of the campaigns in the southern states and then he carries through with the events leading to the Battle at Yorktown and the succeeding two years after Cornwallis’s surrender. Ketchum, also gives the reader an analysis of why events developed as they did. The author’s writing style is terrific. The battles and the events flow very well from one chapter to the next. I was able to follow the story, and it kept my interest throughout the book. The one fault I ...more
Tom Dunn
Very well written and worth the read to any history nut. Very informative and presents the facts in a clear concise way.
In the late middle it gets, unavoidably, rather technical. This is where he has pulling together 5 campaigns at once so this can't really be avoided. Other then that the book is truly excellent. I want to give extra props for the integration of information from "Washington's Spys" and also the beautifully written ending that gives a real understanding of the social and political standing post war.

This was a good one. I enjoyed the detailed discussion of the combined French and American operations culminating in the English surrender. I enjoyed reading a Revolutionary War book that paid particular attention to the French operations. I believe a bit more detail could have been discussed regarding the final battle at York (Yorktown). Overall I enjoyed this one and would recommend to all.
Gill Eastland
Good read, not Ketchum's best but a good read nonetheless. Worth reading for Washington's Quote

" With a heart full of love and gratitude, I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your later days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable."
Aug 01, 2011 Jim added it
A good history of the Yorktown campaign. It looks at the American-French alliance, the feuds among the British army & naval commanders, an overview of the battles in the Carolinas and the naval Battle of the Capes that sealed the fate of Cornwallis.
I thought that this book gave a super description of the battles in the southern states. The Battle of Yorktown was just icing on the cake.

Another good book with Washington quotes. Details many characters from Revolution. Good to read 1776 first.
Mineola Library
Interesting subject and good writing, but not original (mostly derivative).
L.B. Joramo
A relatively quick read for such a well researched book!
great book, thoroughly enjoyed it
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