Title: The First Salute: A View of the American ...
Publisher: Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 1988
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Like New
Edition: First Printing
0394553330 TUCHMAN, BARBARA W. THE FIRST SALUTE - A view of the American Revolution. Alfred A. Knopf. New York. 1988. 6.5" x 9.5". 347 pages. RARE INSCRIBED FIRST PRINTING. Illustrated with 10 black & white and 6 full color pictures all on glossy pages and 6 black & white maps including front and rear endpapers. Inscription is on page to right of copyright page saying "For Betsy Gaffeth (sp?), for a colleague in biography, Barbara Tuchman". Hard to find signed copies! Inlaid in book is a thank you from Tuchman's daughter, Jessica Tuchman Mathew to this Betsy, thanking her for a sympathy card after Tuchman's death. Book was released the year before Tuchman died (1912 - 1989). Plus there are also inserted a few reviews in newspaper clippings from Time magazine, the New York Times, etc. Book is in FINE condition with black textured cloth binding with author's 3 initials on front cover and lettering on spine in bold bright gilt. Book's corners, spine tips and edges untouched. Tight, bright and unmarked. Dustjacket is glossy white with gold lettering over red with illustration of ship on sea covered by storm clouds. Jacket is in FINE condition with corners and spine tips untouched too. Price point intact. Bookseller Inventory # 006033
Synopsis: This is a narrative history of the tumultuous years of the American War of Independence, using the salute of the St Eustatius as the starting point in an examination of the rivalries that determined Europe's crucial role in the American struggle.
From the Inside Flap:
"Narrative history in the great tradition . . ." Chicago Tribune
Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and bestselling author Barbara W. Tuchman analyzes the American Revolution in a brilliantly original way, placing the war in the historical context of the centuries-long conflicts between England and both France and Holland. This compellingly written history paints a magnificent portrait of General George Washington and recounts in riveting detail the events responsible for the birth of our nation.
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