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George Washington's Great Gamble: And the Sea Battle That Won the American Revolution based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
James L. Nelson has written a fine overview of the Yorktown campaign. He understands that the genesis of Cornwallis' surrender began in the Carolina campaign of 1780-81 and briefly surveys that period of the American Revolution before focusing on Virginia. He resists the temptation to credit or blame any one leader, British or allied, for victory or defeat and points out that many seemingly unrelated events culminated in the British disaster. Primitive communication hampered all sides but probably damaged the English commanders the most. Nelson's coverage of the British and French naval maneuvers that led to the Battle of the Capes is illuminating. Very little space is given to the actual siege, but he explains that, once the command of the sea was won by France, it was a forgone conclusion. The only real criticism I have is about the illustrations, Neither Washington nor Cornwallis is depicted.