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

  • Elliot
    Mar 03, 2019
    A more honest account of the success of the Revolutionary War than most. Rather than glorifying the achievement of independence it honestly assesses the luck, help, and chance that really led to it being possible. The help of the French was the most important thing, especially as a nav...
  • Mike
    Jul 01, 2019
    Nathaniel Philbrick is one of my favorite historians and this book was another solid effort by the author. This story looks at the path to Yorktown and the end of the Revolutionary War. I have not read a great deal about this specific event, but from what I do know, there does not seem...
  • Kivrin
    Feb 15, 2019
    Really good read that focuses specifically on the months leading up to the battle at Yorktown. Philbrick is great at bringing historical events into vivid life. I love his writing. In this book he focuses on the role the French navy played during this period in time. As always when...
  • Jill
    Feb 21, 2019
    Nathaniel Philbrick delivers yet another different perspective on the American Revolution in a very entertaining and readable manner. When most Americans think of the Revolutionary War, they think of George Washington and his troops slogging through the snow or over the frozen Hudso...
  • 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 ...
  • Don
    Jan 23, 2019
    Very seldom do I spot-buy a new hardcover book. But, for some reason as I browsed the new non-fiction books this one really caught my eye (perhaps kudos is in order for the cover artist). I really enjoy history but for some reason my knowledge of the Revolutionary War is lacking. Even ...
  • Amy
    Jan 17, 2019
    I really enjoyed the history in this book, but it wasn?t as compelling a story.. Perhaps I didn?t get to know the characters as well as I ought to have. What I did love is learning about location because I recently moved to North Carolina and to know that so much of the battle occu...
  • Suzanne
    Jun 11, 2019
    I enjoy the personal details that Philbrick uses that bring the players in the Revolution to life. Who knew the French had fresh baked bread on their ships? The details included in this book were fascinating. I did have to keep a dictionary close by. Highly recommend. ...
  • 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...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Jan 04, 2019
    ?The bitter truth was that by the summer of 1781 the American Revolution had failed. With thousands of able-bodied citizens refusing to serve, with the the thirteen states refusing to fund the meager army that did exist, and with the Continental Congress helpless to effect any constr...
  • David
    May 23, 2019
    I feel like the American Revolution is a topic that many people know on the surface, but not in depth. Yorktown is the battle that won the war, but Philbrick does an excellent job digging into this topic to show how unlikely American success actually was. The French army at the battle ...
  • Bill Warden
    Jun 29, 2019
    What an amazing story about how the war in NC & SC as well as some troop movements in NY / NJ and down to VA led to the end of the American Revolution. There was so much information in this book that I had no idea about before I read the book. This book does point out some of th...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jerome
    Jun 19, 2019
    A broad, engaging and insightful history of the Yorktown campaign. The narrative is rich, gripping and very readable, and Philbrick does a great job explaining the importance of sea power to the war and to the Yorktown campaign, conveying the tension of the time, and portraying all ...
  • 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...
  • Jeanette
    Jan 15, 2019
    Without such historians as Nathaniel Philbrick, and they are a mere handful now- where would the recording of history at this juncture be? Even lower than the quality of threads of historic fiction that they are now teaching under the class sections "History" nomenclature as "truth" in...
  • 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...
  • David Eppenstein
    Jun 06, 2019
    Nathaniel Philbrick writes really good histories and this book is no exception. While most of his books have to do in some measure with the sea and in particular our Atlantic coast he does stray from this locale on occasion. This book was not one of those occasions. While it might seem...
  • 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...
  • Rob O'Lynn
    Jan 24, 2019
    Solid narration of the events that led to and culminated in the Battle of Yorktown. Crafted in his usual well-versed literary style, Philbrick walks the reader through a seemingly unconnected web of skirmishes, water crossings and backroom conversations that ranged from New York to the...
  • 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...
  • William Haverinen
    Feb 03, 2019
    The more I read about Washington the more appropriate the title seems: "The genius of George Washington". He recognizes the critical role of sea power and manages to convince the French to provide the ships win the battle of Yorktown. And the French provide the hard currency to pay Was...
  • 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...