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Posted January 9, 2008
A Fine Little Book
Great stuff! For those who love a good story, and a well-written piece of history, 'The Perils of Peace' is just your huckleberry. Fleming's tour de force takes you to the time, circumstances, people and places, where dreams of a free and independent United States arrived nearly stillborn -- for all the human nature at work. Written in a flowing, readable style, Flemming delivers his narrative devoid of the usual glittering platitudes and 'fulsome' hagiography that so often fabricates the most revolting wort into a thing of beauty. Basically, Fleming's scholarship is impecable so, do yourself a favor -- read this book. And once you do, you'll understand a lot more about the 'Great Experiement' than you ever did before. Promise!
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Posted March 8, 2014
Most interesting ...
Given such intrigue, congressional back-biting and international diplomatic one-upmanship, it is amazing that the USA came about at all. Contrasting 1782-83 with the present day, it seems not much has changed in politics. The text is easy to read and follow.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2013
True history, not revisionist.
Excellent work. Primarily all we hear nowadays is the "issue" of slavery. And yet, the emancipation proclamation was not issued until January of 1863, due to the violence and riots in all major northetn cities.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2010
Thomas Fleming fills the void after the British surrender at Yorktown. This is the first book that I've read that focuses on the events between the surrender at Yorktown and the signing of the peace treaty.
This book is very well written. The author describes a tenuous series of events that against all odds led to a peace treaty. For the first time, I read a comprehensive description of the political and diplomatic battles not only in America, but in Europe. These non military battles were every bit as threatening to the survival of this infant nation as the full combat battles. Speaking of combat, the author provides details of the ongoing near civil war in the southern states between many different factions, and the continued military actions. The author additionally provides insight into the lesser known roles of Holland, Austria, and Russia. The personal descriptions of the many diplomats, politicians, and military figures is excellent. It leads to an understanding of why the individuals acted the way they did. I found that the author was able to convey numerous emotions. Fear, anger, suspicion, contempt, exhilaration, dejection, loyalty, etc. The author carefully constructs the complete story and provides detailed reasons to explain why some events were so important and what might have been different if communication was instant rather than being measured in months. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting more than the battles and the fairly common descriptions of the main figures.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2009
Mr. Fleming has added much needed historical detail and perspective to that period of the American Revolution between Yorktown and the peace treaty. His thoughts are presented in a very readable style. The story is balanced between both sides of the Atlantic. I highly recommend The Perils of Peace for anyone who likes American history and especially the revolutionary period.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 14, 2007
Enlightening, First-rate Scholarship For ALL!
Leave it to Tom Fleming, writer & historian, to pursue a previuosly-neglected Washington as the stratgist determined to fashion an effective government in peacetime beyond his against-all-odds military victory. This illumination is unique -and its' scholarship is a breath of fresh air. The insight which he brings to Edmund Burke alone is worth the price of admission!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 6, 2010
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Posted August 18, 2011
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