Iron Tears: America's Battle for Freedom, Britain's Quagmire: 1775-1783

Iron Tears America s Battle for Freedom Britain s Quagmire For generations Americans have been taught to view the Revolutionary War as a heroic tale of resistance exclusively from the perspective of the Continental army and the Founding Fathers Now in Iron

  • Title: Iron Tears: America's Battle for Freedom, Britain's Quagmire: 1775-1783
  • Author: Stanley Weintraub
  • ISBN: 9780743226875
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Iron Tears: America's Battle for Freedom, Britain's Quagmire: 1775-1783

    For generations, Americans have been taught to view the Revolutionary War as a heroic tale of resistance, exclusively from the perspective of the Continental army and the Founding Fathers Now, in Iron Tears, master historian Stanley Weintraub offers the first account that examines the war from three divergent and distinct vantage points the battlefields the American leFor generations, Americans have been taught to view the Revolutionary War as a heroic tale of resistance, exclusively from the perspective of the Continental army and the Founding Fathers Now, in Iron Tears, master historian Stanley Weintraub offers the first account that examines the war from three divergent and distinct vantage points the battlefields the American leadership under George Washington and most originally that of England, embroiled in controversy over the war Colonial America was England s Vietnam Weintraub s multifaceted analysis will forever change and expand our view of the struggle Although Washington s army, with France s help, won the war, it is equally significant both then and now that Britain lost it The British found themselves overwhelmed by the geographic and time constraints that prevented their military from holding on to the eighteen hundred mile length of the thirteen colonies, from across three thousand miles of ocean during the cumbersome era of water travel Many in London realized that American independence was only a matter of time Yet the British were enveloped in a fantasy world of self delusion as the war trudged along The unyielding George III, who ultimately threatened abdication his lethargic prime minister, Lord North the First Lord of the Admiralty, the corrupt Earl of Sandwich, better remembered for his paired slices of bread and the Secretary for America, Lord George Germain, an arrogant ex general court martialed for cowardice in an earlier war, formed a quartet that played out of tune As opposition to and frustration with the failing war gradually increased in parliament, in the press, and in the afflicted mercantile sector, so did pacifist sentiment for and sympathy with their American cousins Iron Tears renders an unprecedented account of the fight for American independence through British eyes, while dramatically narrating the battles that were waged across the Atlantic from Lexington to Yorktown and beyond As the general, whom the British snobbishly and demeaningly referred to as Mr Washington, rallied to keep his ragged and overmatched Continentals together and create a nation, iron tears fell from redcoat muskets and cannons, as well as from the demoralized eyes of the defeated British.

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    1. Richard Subber

      For some time I have indulged my suspicion that the British never really tried very hard to win the Revolutionary War. Stanley Weintraub’s Iron Tears isn’t the first book that has reinforced my understanding of this most iconic event in American history. If you’re interested, try Nick Bunker’s An Empire on the Edge or Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy’s An Empire Divided.Weintraub offers a solidly researched and richly anecdotal account of the military details and the political wrangling [...]

    2. Jerome

      A refreshing and fascinating account of the revolutionary war from the perspective of British policymakers and military commanders. Though compact, this book is admirably comprehensive.The British ministry existed in a fantasy world of self-delusion and its military command was divided.Weintraub also reveals the disunion and political rifts among the colonists. Many in the British ministry viewed the colonists as self-righteous hypocrites, stealing land from each other and yapping about liberty [...]

    3. Sue

      This was a very interesting book about the American Revolution from the British point of view. I was very surprised at some of the information presented since it's never taught in the United States or at least wasn't when I was in school. I suppose I should have realized that it would be extremely difficult to conduct a war when the only method of communication was via messages brought over on ships that required a few months to make the voyage. However, that was a surprise, as was the fact that [...]

    4. Ethan

      Tolerable read though not the most scintillating storytelling. The overall desire to picture how Britain felt about the war is well developed. Weintraub presents events of two-hundred-thirty-some years ago as immediately as the Washington Post might have described Iraq War controversies.Weintraub appends a fifteen-page listing of "Participants" that with four or five lines of biographical information for each. This helps to keep minor characters clear. He also has some errors. I noticed a miside [...]

    5. Pete daPixie

      Iron Tears is an excellent introduction to the eight years struggle for American freedom from British rule. All the main players, both military and political on both sides of the Atlantic receive good, clear coverage, with use of contemporary press reports and comments.Particularly well covered is the British Government of King George III, Lord North and Lord George Germain.1775-1783 proved to have huge importance, not just for the United States and Britain, but also for France, Spain and the Ne [...]

    6. Jonne Adams

      Not too long ago I learned that the American Revolution is barely covered in British Schools! It pretty much constitutes a little blip on their radar given the enormously long history to be taught. Of course Americans think of our Revolution as a world changing event.The Great American Experiment, etc.So I went searching for material to show the view from the British side. Iron Tears was the result of my search. While it was written by an American, I've yet to find a volume written by a Brit, It [...]

    7. Dave

      This book really requires a solid understanding of the American Revolution, a topic about which I am no expert. The book mostly focuses on the governmental and leadership struggles within Britain with details of the conflicts only hinted at. That would not have been a huge problem had the narrative about those internal squabbles been tricky to follow. Maybe I struggled because I am so unfamiliar with British history and the figures being discussed in the book but I also think it has to do with t [...]

    8. Wayland Smith

      I've always been interested in the American Revolution, and I tend to read a lot about it. This book took a different approach- it focused on the events in England during the war. I had no idea how unpopular the war was in England, or about the various riots that broke out in London during it. The various international pressures, and the lack of results from a lot of our notional allies were interesting to read about. It's a very well-researched book. It can be a bit academically dry at points. [...]

    9. Laura

      This book is very readable on a subject that I am very interested in, but it could have been much better. The author needed a moe rigorous editor -- the author is far too fond of pronouns. A time line of events and when the British learned about them would have been helpful. And then to top it all off, at several places he asserts that under no circa ranches could the British have won the war ( a conclusion I disagree with), but then on page 104 he asserts that the British could have made the re [...]

    10. Frank Taranto

      A look at the American Revolution from what's going on in Great Britain at the time. I didn't know how much opposition to the war there was in England at the time.

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