"This fascinating book by Richard Borkow provides a series of riveting chapters that view the U.S. War for Independence from a wide variety of perspectives. Westchester County NY was the middle ground separating the defenders of the Hudson River Valley and the British who wished to split the new-born United States in two. The personal perspectives of Westchester citizens are described in context with the shift of annual campaigns from New England to the Carolinas and with the power struggles between European nations, in whose eyes the U.S. was just one of many contested areas around the globe. The land granted to the U.S. at the peace table would depend on which side dominated Virginia by the end of 1781, and the U.S. race to avoid bankruptcy, mass desertions, and foreign domination is told with conviction and ample documentation." --Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
"Richard Borkow has done a first-rate job of telling the story of the American Revolution in Westchester County and putting dramatic events there in the context of the larger war--especially the decision to march to Yorktown." --Thomas Fleming, author of The Perils of Peace, America's Struggle for Survival after Yorktown
"Just when it seemed that the subject of the American Revolution had been thoroughly explored, Richard Borkow has given us a fresh look at the war's culminating event--the 1781 march of French and American troops to Virginia." --Joseph Wheelan, author of Jefferson's War: America's First War on Terror, 1801-1805
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About the Author
Richard Borkow is the village historian of Dobbs Ferry, New York and a trustee of the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society. In 2009 and 2010, he was project director for Noted Historians Reveal Dobbs Ferry's Historic River Connections, a series of video interviews with distinguished historians that was sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a physician specializing in pediatric rehabilitation medicine and an attending at Blythedale Children's Hospital.