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After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence Hardcover – November 27, 2015
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The book is long (and occasionally reads long), it is also comprehensive, covering the end of the war on the continent and on the seas and documents much of the un-civility of both sides. Author Glickstein uses the terms Whigs and Tories to sort out the adversaries without yielding a moral superiority to either side. The structure of the book is in Parts and Chapters allowing a region to be collected into a part, with its chapters - often unrelated militarily - to document each of the many individual stories. For most - even those familiar through other reading with the war - this will be in very large part 'new' and that always makes a read more interesting and, Glickstein also brings the talent of a skilled writer making the read a pleasure. This book can, "be put down" because the 'parts' and even the chapters often stand alone. The lesson of the book, for this reader at least, is a shock and sadness at the brutality and rabid hatred between the rival sides - far more than was evidenced by the large professional armies of Clinton, Cornwallis, Washington, or Rochambeau. Not unexpectedly, we see the injustice and disloyalty put upon the native people, sometimes simply because they took the wrong side in the war, sometimes because of their own brand of brutality, often simply for the avarice of land speculation that had its start during this period.
The book loses focus in parts six & seven (the Mediterranean and India) with topics so detached, or at most tangential to, "...The Final Struggle for American Independence" that the reader becomes disoriented to the author's purpose. Even so, the book is an impressively broad spectrum of research, a well written documentary of war on the fringes of the original 13 states and a recommended read - particularly for those interested in the American Founding Period and the war that gave it start.
The publisher (Westholme Publishing) 'shorts' the purchaser of the kindle edition by eliminating page numbers - relying instead on the Amazon handful of other debilitated metrics, none of which correlate meaningfully to the paper edition.
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