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After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence 2 editions

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After Yorktown is the story of the men who kept fighting. The popular myth is that heroic, patriotic Americans under George Washington defeated the British at Yorktown, the Revolution was over, and Americans were exceptional.

But Yorktown was more a French victory than an American one. It meant the defeat of one British army, but not the British. Washington, George III, and their allies vowed to fight on. And that fighting—which expanded after the French entered the war in 1778—now spanned the world, from Hudson Bay to South America, Cape Town to Arkansas, Gibraltar to Schenectady.

Ultimately, After Yorktown is the story of people—not patriots:

  • The only general to surrender to both Washington and Napoleon.
  • Washington's aide (and, speculatively, Hamilton's lover) who had a suicide wish.
  • Admiral “Satan” who nearly made India a French colony.
  • An admiral whose greed and anti-Semitism made him a pariah—until he became a hero.
  • Daniel Boone and how he helped botch a battle that killed one of his sons.
  • A loyalist whose real life belied his reputation as a “white renegade.”
  • A Forrest Gump–type British officer who almost started the Revolution and closed one of its last chapters.

Finally, it asks the question we face today: How do you end a war that doesn't want to end?

2 editions First published in 2015

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After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence
2015, Westholme Publishing
Hardcover in English

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