In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown

In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown

by Nathaniel Philbrick
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"Nathaniel Philbrick is a masterly storyteller. Here he seeks to elevate the naval battles between the French and British to a central place in the history of the American Revolution. He succeeds, marvelously."—The New York Times Book Review

The thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War from the New York Times bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower.

In the concluding volume of his acclaimed American Revolution series, Nathaniel Philbrick tells the thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War. In the fall of 1780, after five frustrating years of war, George Washington had come to realize that the only way to defeat the British Empire was with the help of the French navy. But coordinating his army's movements with those of a fleet of warships based thousands of miles away was next to impossible. And then, on September 5, 1781, the impossible happened. Recognized today as one of the most important naval engagements in the history of the world, the Battle of the Chesapeake—fought without a single American ship—made the subsequent victory of the Americans at Yorktown a virtual inevitability. A riveting and wide-ranging story, full of dramatic, unexpected turns, In the Hurricane's Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, on Washington and the sea.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525426769
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Series: Nathaniel Philbrick's American Revolution Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 186,071
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award; Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Valiant Ambition, winner of the George Washington Prize; Bunker Hill, winner of the New England Book Award; Sea of GloryThe Last StandWhy Read Moby Dick?;  Away Off Shore; and Second Wind.


Nantucket, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

June 11, 1956

Place of Birth:

Boston, Massachusetts


B.A., Brown University, 1978; M.A., Duke University

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Table of Contents

Preface The Land and the Sea xi

Part I "Against the Wind"

Chapter 1 The Building Storm 3

Chapter 2 "An Enemy in the Heart of the Country" 22

Chapter 3 "Delays and Accidents of the Sea" 47

Chapter 4 Bayonets and Zeal 73

Chapter 5 The End of the Tether 104

Part II "The Ocean of History"

Chapter 6 "A Ray of Light" 129

Chapter 7 "The Spur of Speed" 153

Chapter 8 "Ligne de Vitesse" 179

Chapter 9 Yorktown 204

Chapter 10 "The North River Captain" 239

Epilogue Aftermath 263

Acknowledgments 281

Notes 285

Bibliography 325

Illustration Credits 347

Index 351

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