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"Nathaniel Philbrick is a masterly storyteller. Here he seeks to elevate the naval battles between the French and British to a central place in the history of the American Revolution. He succeeds, marvelously." (The New York Times Book Review)

The thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War from the New York Times best-selling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Valiant Ambition.

In the fall of 1780, after five frustrating years of war, George Washington had come to realize that the only way to defeat the British Empire was with the help of the French navy. But as he had learned after two years of trying, coordinating his army's movements with those of a fleet of warships based thousands of miles away was next to impossible. And then, on September 5, 1781, the impossible happened. Recognized today as one of the most important naval engagements in the history of the world, the Battle of the Chesapeake - fought without a single American ship - made the subsequent victory of the Americans at Yorktown a virtual inevitability.  

In a narrative that moves from Washington's headquarters on the Hudson River, to the wooded hillside in North Carolina where Nathanael Greene fought Lord Cornwallis to a vicious draw, to Lafayette's brilliant series of maneuvers across Tidewater Virginia, Philbrick details the epic and suspenseful year through to its triumphant conclusion. A riveting and wide-ranging story, full of dramatic, unexpected turns, In the Hurricane's Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, on Washington and the sea.

©2018 Nathaniel Philbrick (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Even-handed, yet dramatic!

Nathaniel Philbrick gives a fresh view of George Washington. It feels more real than many other accounts of the great man. Weather patterns in the war's final years were often keys to outcomes, same as in the early war years, only on an immense scale, namely, the many hurricanes that destroyed excellent naval fleets.

I think Philbrick selected the best facts to liven up the story and avoid getting bogged down at any point. I liked Scott Brick's pacing, pronunciation and tone. If there's one thing I'd like to change, it's how the story speeds up after the siege of Yorktown. This part of the story interested me; I wanted to go deeper into this short and momentous period.

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Worth the time

A good ending to the Philbrick trilogy and was definitely worth the wait. Not quite the same level of detail as in previous books, but more than enough to tell the story and to truly put the events of the “Sea” in there proper place. If you truly want to know how much help America required to even begin, this is the book you need to and must read!

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Outstanding History

Nathaniel Philbrick concludes his masterful trilogy on Washington and the American Revolution with this stirring story of catching Cornwallis at Yorktown. He provides the in-depth description of our "French allies" and their almost reluctant help in defeating the British. Philbrick gives so much more than we learned in our history books. Outstanding story telling.

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Listens like a novel

This was one of the best performed history books I have ever heard. The author and reader get you into the story behind the characters of the Revolutionary War. The only difficulty is that there are a lot of names and sometimes leads to confusion, if you forget.

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Fascinating

As always another outstanding book you can't put down, always excited seeing Nathaniel Philbrick bringing out another novel.