Thomas Fleming: The Perils of Peace



Are not where you wish them to be Also of note France offered great support and loaned the US large sums to aid u I was xpecting a book concerning the history of the United States between the Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude end of the Revolutionary War in 1783 to or through the Constitutional Convention of 1787 the Articles of Confederation years Rather it covered the years from the victory at Yorktown in 1781 until the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783 Many peoplexpected Yorktown to be the Rodeo Daughter end of the war instead there were two years of fighting which don t show up in our history books The troops were unpaid and not supplied The Continental Congress consisted of second or third rate people not the heroes of 1776 The national government was bankrupt unable to get the states to pay any taxes and forced to beg bigger and bigger loans from Europe American diplomats were sent to France to assist the peace process and made it difficult for the only Europe knowledgeable delegate Benjamin Franklin to get anything accomplished The only thing that saved the United States was that the English government after six years of war was itself in total disarray The author has done a very good job weaving together the pieces of the story into an interesting narrative The Perils of Peace provides a comprehensive and fascinating look at the pivotal years after Yorktown on which the fate of the newly formed United States hung While many assume the war simplynded after Yorktown it took another two years for the British to surrender and this time of peace nearly proved to be the undoing of the United States From a demoralized American army that could not seek battle with the My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze enemy to a broke United States treasury that could not buy basic supplies nor raise the reuisite taxes to pay the interest on the debt the country stood paralyzed to fall As states became mini fiefdoms under various local governors and the army begin to foment revolts those that we call founding fathers stepped forward to master the chaosWhat this book does better than many that come before it is to show what was happening on both sides of the oceans The European theater was pivotal during these timesspecially the military action at Gibraltar In addition to the military actions the author pays a lot of attention to domestic British affairs and international diplomacy With the fall of the North ministry after Yorktown and the rise of the successive coalitions a greater Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses emphasis for peace is madeven with some glaringly dangerous concessions are offered fortunately for the British those are not acted onThis book is detailed well researched and holds the readers interest It reads as if it was a diplomatic thriller and times you just can t wait to see the next development It is truly historical writ. And was on the brink of mutinyIn Europe America's only ally France teetered on the verge of bankruptcy and was soon reeling from a disastrous naval defeat in the Caribbean A stubborn George III dismissed Yorktown as a minor defeat and refused to yield an acre of my dominions in America In Paris Ambassador Benjamin Franklin confronted violent hostility to France among his fellow members of the American peace delegationIn his riveting new.

A lot of insight into a forgotten and dark period for our country and reinforces how much we owe to George Washington and Benjamin Franklin Secret war was betterI read this book near the time I read Boone biography and was interesting to me that these very different lives were happening around same time What a great book This is such an important yet not well known part of our history This is a great book to read with After Yorktown by Glickstein which cover the same time period but from the military standpoint This succeeds because A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, even though it is a history it makes you feel themotion of the moment Must read An My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, excellent book outlining thearly history of America The financial struggle and political differences of the founders are laid out against the continued hostility of the British after Yorktown The author also lays out how the American Independence fueled reform in France Britain and Ireland by Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs, example thembarrassment of royalty and the financial strain put on the countries to hold onto other territories while waging war to support or fight the colonies Independence You ll The Baby Album even learn a little about how much the American people fought the government on Federal Taxation Every State had to agree to a tax before it could be instituted Perhaps most importantly it shows just how important Washington giving up the Presidency was to uniting a nation and gaining the respect of the European Empires The story of a period usually skipped over in the history books is here told as a thrilling political pageturner Rather than a smooth progress from Yorktown to the Treaty of Paris the American patriots faced bankruptcy diplomatic intrigue and incipient mutiny Franklin sagerness to negotiate a separate peace was unseemly the states refused to raise money for Congress to pay its debts the Continental Army was dismissed unpaid xcept with paper and Congress was forced by angry soldiers to flee to Princeton Although the new nation held together for the time being the book shows that the divisions between Federalists and Republicans were sown ven before the nd of the war between a continentally minded faction in favor of federal fin Although a bit hard to read at times an xcellent recounting of how difficult it was for the nascent United States to unite get Congress to do anything useful such as deciding where to meet and raising sufficient funds never accomplished during the telling to pay the Army for its services Trying times are an almost constant in history There were some interesting insights offered in the disdain among various founders John Adams disdained for Her First Mother (Conveniently Wed, example pretty muchveryone Benjamin Franklin was a brilliant diplomat understanding well that in a position of weakness you must meet people where they. On October 19 1781 Great Britain's best army surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown But the future of the 13 former colonies was far from clear A 13000 man British army still occupied New York City and another 13000 regulars and armed loyalists were scattered from Canada to Savannah Georgia Meanwhile Congress had declined to a mere 24 members and the national treasury was mpty The American army had not been paid for years.

Ing at its best and what you xpect from Thomas Fleming Overall a highly recommend read The late but unforgotten Thomas Fleming has provided us with a uniue look at the final years and aftermath of the American Revolution an Snowbound Bride (Harlequin Men in Uniform Miniseries) epilogue so to say but one that could have played out remarkably negative for the American Cause as he goes on to prove Full of mishaps by politicians poor cases in judgment and protocol by leading diplomats of the time and time sensitive negotiations and meetings that could have stalemated and prolonged British occupation in the newly formed United States The Perils of Peace is outstanding in showing the twists and discussions that took place after Yorktown in 1781 to theventual signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783Focusing on the financial difficulties and political pandering and polarization that was beginning to overtake the young republic Fleming does a fantastic job in Cowboys Baby (Ranching Family, explaining how pivotal certainvents were in holding what would become the United States together before its Between the Land and the Sea (Marinas Tales, early disruption He follows Benjamin Franklin in the European theater using all of his wit famexperience and prestige as a renowned diplomat to try to separately negotiate a peace with the British meanwhile his counterparts are Gilligan Unbound either blundering with foreign dignitaries or figuratively stabbing him in the back with their letters to various congressional members at home The American army is in disarray as troops are not getting paid their due with constant threats of mutiny and disbandment as they cope with a virtually bankrupt Congress This also involves the plight of State governments whose constituents are in uproar ofxcessive Federal Taxes and conseuently paying for than their state s fair share Can we pay them punctually asked Arthur Middleton of South Carolina The answer of course was almost certainly no Middleton also feared it would be considered a sign of weakness that we can not or will not fill up our armies with our own people If the idea was ad This book purports to show how close we came to losing the Revolutionary War It is in the time after the last major battle and before the signing of the peace treaty that the United States faced the most danger of return to the British Empire Now nearly forgotten figures such as Arthur Lee and Ralph Izard worked hard to derail Benjamin Franklin s Gone for Soldiers efforts not because they did not want a peace treaty but because of personal animosity Other better known figures such as John Adams and John Jay were not diplomatic in theirndeavors and came close to alienating the French court and others The author does a convincing job of pointing out that true victory relies on the acts of tactful diplomats which are often made difficult by the cowboy mentality of other men in powe. Book Thomas Fleming moves legantly between the key players in this drama and shows that the outcome we take for granted was far from certain Not without anguish General Washington resisted the urgings of many officers to seize power and held the angry army together until peace and independence arrived With fresh research and masterful storytelling Fleming breathes new life into this tumultuous but little known period in America's histor.

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Librarian noteThere is than one author in the GoodReads database with this nameThomas James Fleming was an historian and historical novelist with a special interest in the American Revolution He was born in 1927 in Jersey City New Jersey the son of a World War I hero who was a leader in Jersey City politics for three decades Before her marriage his mother Katherine Dolan Fleming was