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

The thrilling story of the Revolutionary War finale from the New York Times bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Valiant Ambition. Here is the story of the remarkable year leading up to the siege of Yorktown. It sets Washington against his traitorous nemesis Benedict Arnold and places him in impossible situations and constant acrimonious negotiation with his Fr The thrilling story of the Revolutionary War finale from the New York Times bestselling author of In the Heart of the...

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Title:In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
Author:Nathaniel Philbrick
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Genres:History
ISBN:In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:366 pages pages

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

  • Socraticgadfly
    Nov 07, 2018
    Much, MUCH better than his previous book about Benedict Arnold. This has a greater and tighter focus, perhaps because he's not covering material fairly well known to many history buffs, and because he doesn't have a halfway dual biography restraint to let him think he's got focus when ...
  • Bruce Cook
    Nov 17, 2018
    The more I read about the Revolutionary War and the early history of our country the more convinced I am that George Washington was essential to our country's formation and existence. This volume is a very readable account of the last days of the Revolutionary War, at least the fightin...
  • Steven
    Nov 20, 2018
    As good a historical overview of the end of the war for American independence as you could want. I'll read just about anything Philbrick writes. His style is clear, he has a way of drawing you forward through the narrative so that you anticipate the next development, and even though th...
  • Jeanene
    Oct 29, 2018
    I have read several of Philbrick's books and I'm always impressed by how he creates a narrative around an important event, and his research and detail is impressive. His latest book is two stories - one of the French navy and one of the French and American troops led by Washington. I t...
  • David
    Nov 29, 2018
    In this book Philbrick focuses on the Battle of Yorktown with special attention on the ocean warfare between the British and the French with a bit of an assist from Spain. Lots of tension between Washington and Rochambeau. Many mishaps due to poor communication and ego. But when things...
  • Joyce
    Nov 30, 2018
    Thanks to historians like Nathaniel Philbrick, who bring historical personages and events to life in accessible, intelligent prose, I know more history than I ever learned in school. And Scott Brick proves an excellent narrator for this riveting account of the Battle of the Chesapeake ...
  • Martin
    Jul 01, 2018
    Thank you Viking for the ARC ...
  • Scott Martin
    Oct 22, 2018
    Another good work from Philbrick, this one offers a take on the latter stages of the American Revolution, focusing on the naval actions associated with the French fleet that would ultimately help Washington defeat the British at Yorktown. It discusses the various interactions between W...
  • Steve
    Oct 18, 2018
    The latest in the series of books on the battles of the American Revolution by the author. This one like his previous works in the series did not disappoint. Very interesting and very detailed. This book describes the last year of the war and the last naval engagement of the American R...
  • Daniel
    Nov 27, 2018
    A very well written account of the events leading up to, during and after the battle of Yorktown. It shows the interactions and politics involved between the British, French, and American sides and all the infighting and backroom dealings that are seldom discussed when discussing milit...
  • Doug
    Nov 02, 2018
    I read a lot of history. All too often, I have to put a book aside or struggle through it because the author seems more concerned with impressing his peers with his perspicacity and erudition than with informing the general reader. Consequently, I am delighted when I find an author who...
  • Jeff J.
    Oct 20, 2018
    A fascinating account of the Battle of the Chesapeake between the British and French navies, which culminated in the end of the American revolution at Yorktown. Too often this battle is overlooked in accounts of the revolution due to the minimal American presence, although Philbrick es...
  • Rick
    Oct 22, 2018
    Full disclosure: I received this book as an ARC. Here is my take. ?In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown? by Nathaniel Philbrick was very entertaining. When writing on a subject with such scope - an author can write broadly on the s...
  • Dan Graser
    Nov 04, 2018
    Nathaniel Philbrick's credentials as a historian and story-teller are by now, very well established and any new work from him is a cause for celebration. In his latest work he has chosen to focus on the build-up and many surrounding facets to the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktow...
  • Julie
    Dec 08, 2018
    This is a book filled with the minutia of history. Fascinating, yes; but not for everyone. Philbrick clearly loves his topic and is an excellent historian and writer. I found myself vacillating between "Who knew?" and "Just get on with it." moments. I would recommend--but only if you'r...
  • Elizabeth Stolar
    Nov 25, 2018
    This probably deserves 4 stars, as part of the reason I read this was to learn more about the Revolutionary War, which I had realized that I didn't really know all that much about. I probably should have started with one Philbrick's earlier books about the war, and that may have made t...
  • Dan Downing
    Oct 27, 2018
    Readers of history often forget that many authors are making an argument for a particular point of view. Mr. Philbrick certainly has an argument he is making, and he is clear about it. Further, in his Notes he laboriously lists---in microscopic print---his sources and sometimes their d...
  • Geoffrey
    Jun 11, 2018
    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) For the overwhelming majority of us, the Battle of Yorktown is little more than a quick mention from our history textbooks as the final major battle of the American Revolution. And to say the least, we...
  • Craig Pearson
    Jun 22, 2018
    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. It is much more interesting to a historian to read about a specific event in a larger period such as the Battle of Yorktown during the American Revolution. The detailed behaviors and relationships of the main char...
  • Nancy
    Oct 31, 2018
    The defeated British army trudged out of the ruins of Yorktown to the slow beat of a drum, surrounded by the American militia on one side of the road and the French on the other. The British General and his army showed their disdain of the Americans, giving their attention to the Frenc...
  • E
    Nov 25, 2018
    This book has ships on the cover and the term "hurricane" in the title, and yet the subtitle is about George Washington. Well, the work is much more about the former than the latter. For the last three years of the war, Washington did little besides sitting along the Hudson and dreamin...
  • John Szalasny
    Nov 15, 2018
    The Advance Uncorrected Proof copy being reviewed was received as part of a Goodreads giveaway. The title comes from a little known part of the history of the American Revolution. The alliance with the French was not just to support the American Patriot cause after the win at Sara...
  • Book of the Month
    Oct 01, 2018
    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Years before landing the best job in the world?a.k.a. reading books for a living, a.k.a. Editorial Director at BOTM ;)?I was a middle school social studies teacher. Researching lessons was the best part; from Ancient Egypt to the Atomic Age, I was...
  • Kathleen
    Oct 24, 2018
    Despite the Philbrick?s title, In the Hurricane?s Eye, Washington appears to be less of a genius than ?lucky? in the Victory at Yorktown. How so? Let me count the ways? o Washington?s genius was unique in recognizing that victory would be achieved only by first challengi...
  • Nathan Peters
    Nov 14, 2018
    Finished reading "In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown" by Nathaniel Philbrick. I greatly enjoy Philbrick's work, and this is an excellent follow up to his book on Benedict Arnold, "Valiant Ambition." When it comes the end American Revolut...
  • Joe Schrock
    Nov 18, 2018
    A well written and concise account of both the people and events that played critical roles in the battle of Yorktown occurring as it did. Some of the reviews spuriously impugn Washington. However though Washington made several mistakes during the Revolution, he is no less a leader and...
  • Steve Majerus-Collins
    Nov 15, 2018
    First off, I have to confess that I love Nathaniel Philbrick's books. They strike a good balance between entertainment and history. They enlighten. And they're sort of fun, even when people are eating each other. This one's chief service is that it reminds us of something that America...
  • Gary Detrick
    Dec 04, 2018
    What initially drew me into story was the historical navel Battle of the Chesapeake, always being facinated with the adventures of these "majestic" ships (Endurance, Essex, Discorvery, Magellan's circumnavigation, etc). I find these ship to be works of art and amazing architecture. One...
  • BethAnn BookBumming
    Nov 08, 2018
    In the Hurricane?s Eye- The Genius Of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick is a MUST READ for anyone who loves American Revolution History as well as anyone who just loves an epic story that is 100% true. ? In the account that follows I hope to put...
  • Abby Morris
    Oct 18, 2018
    I am absolutely fascinated with the events surrounding the American Revolution- call me a sucker for the most unlikely victories one could imagine- and I love an opportunity to dig in to the time period with my reading. I enjoyed this book, but it was lacking a bit of the personal touc...