Brothers at Arms by Larrie D. Ferreiro
American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It

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Everyone, especially Americans, is encouraged to read this all-encompassing account of how our independence was saved by international and individual political, diplomatic, commercial, and military efforts.
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The remarkable untold story of how the American Revolution's success depended on substantial military assistance provided by France and Spain, and places the Revolution in the context of the global strategic interests of those nations in their fight against England.
   
In this groundbreaking, revisionist history, Larrie Ferreiro shows that at the time the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord the colonists had little chance, if any, of militarily defeating the British. The nascent American nation had no navy, little in the way of artillery, and a militia bereft even of gunpowder. In his detailed accounts Ferreiro shows that without the extensive military and financial support of the French and Spanish, the American cause would never have succeeded. France and Spain provided close to the equivalent of $30 billion and 90 percent of all guns used by the Americans, and they sent soldiers and sailors by the thousands to fight and die alongside the Americans, as well as around the world.  
    
Ferreiro adds to the historical records the names of French and Spanish diplomats, merchants, soldiers, and sailors whose contribution is at last given recognition. Instead of viewing the American Revolution in isolation, Brothers at Arms reveals the birth of the American nation as the centerpiece of an international coalition fighting against a common enemy.
 

About Larrie D. Ferreiro

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Larrie D. Ferreiro is the author and editor of several books on the history of science and technology, including Ships and Science, which received the North American Society for Oceanic History's John Lyman Award for Best Book in Science and Technology. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.
 
Published November 15, 2016 by Knopf. 464 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Thomas McClung on Nov 16 2016

Everyone, especially Americans, is encouraged to read this all-encompassing account of how our independence was saved by international and individual political, diplomatic, commercial, and military efforts.

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