Thomas Fleming: The Perils of Peace

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Disarray as troops are not getting paid their due with constant threats of mutiny and disbandment as they cope with a virtually bankrupt Congress This also involves the plight of State governments whose constituents are in uproar of xcessive Federal Taxes and conseuently paying for than their state s fair share Can we pay them punctually asked Arthur Middleton of South Carolina The answer of course was almost certainly no Middleton also feared it would be considered a sign of weakness that we can not or will not fill up our armies with our own people If the idea was adopted Middleton thought it should be attributed to or blamed on General Washington Congress should have nothing to do with it After two months of vacillation the politicians forwarded the proposal to the superintendent of finance and secretary of war leaving the final decision to them To no one s surprise they did nothingHigh Ranking military officials such as Washington were aware of the army s discontent and had to constantly be aware of the continuing presence of Great Britain s might on American land and waters with an alleged hunger to continue the war until finally Lord North and his administration s Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, eventual downfall This all is put into perspective from both sides of the Atlantic with Britain and France s foreign ministers feeling the frustrations and neglect from their own politicians at home Fleming goes to great lengths in describingach European nation s crisis including such ngagements as Gibraltar and the depletion of fun. Book Thomas Fleming moves legantly between the key players in this drama and shows that the outcome we take for granted was far from certain Not without anguish General Washington resisted the urgings of many officers to seize power and held the angry army together until peace and independence arrived With fresh research and masterful storytelling Fleming breathes new life into this tumultuous but little known period in America's histor.

A lot of insight into a forgotten and dark period for our country and reinforces how much we owe to George Washington and Benjamin Franklin What a great book This is such an important yet not well known part of our history This is a great book to read with After Yorktown by Glickstein which cover the same time period but from the military standpoint This succeeds because Garden Bouquets and Beyond even though it is a history it makes you feel themotion of the moment Must read The story of a period usually skipped over in the history books is here told as a thrilling political pageturner Rather than a smooth progress from Yorktown to the Treaty of Paris the American patriots faced bankruptcy diplomatic intrigue and incipient mutiny Franklin s The Unseen Wonder eagerness to negotiate a separate peace was unseemly the states refused to raise money for Congress to pay its debts the Continental Army was dismissed unpaidxcept with paper and Congress was forced by angry soldiers to flee to Princeton Although the new nation held together for the time being the book shows that the divisions between Federalists and Republicans were sown The Management Bible even before thend of the war between a continentally minded faction in favor of federal finance and power and a states rights True Whig faction that feared the former were aiming at raising a new grasping national lite The common soldiery were unimpressed with the new political class their xertions had raised up and the independent USA Sleepless (Bird of Stone, embarked on its internationally recognized career in a spirit of suspicion and. On October 19 1781 Great Britain's best army surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown But the future of the 13 former colonies was far from clear A 13000 man British army still occupied New York City and another 13000 regulars and armed loyalists were scattered from Canada to Savannah Georgia Meanwhile Congress had declined to a mere 24 members and the national treasury wasmpty The American army had not been paid for years.

Dissension I was xpecting a book concerning the history of the United States between the nd of the Revolutionary War in 1783 to or through the Constitutional Convention of 1787 the Articles of The late but unforgotten Thomas Fleming has provided us with a uniue look at the final years and aftermath of the American Revolution an pilogue so to say but one that could have played out remarkably negative for the American Cause as he goes on to prove Full of mishaps by politicians poor cases in judgment and protocol by leading diplomats of the time and time sensitive negotiations and meetings that could have stalemated and prolonged British occupation in the newly formed United States The Perils of Peace is outstanding in showing the twists and discussions that took place after Yorktown in 1781 to the ventual signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783Focusing on the financial difficulties and political pandering and polarization that was beginning to overtake the young republic Fleming does a fantastic job in Invisible (The Curse of Avalon explaining how pivotal certainvents were in holding what would become the United States together before its Yummy Supper early disruption He follows Benjamin Franklin in the European theater using all of his wit famexperience and prestige as a renowned diplomat to try to separately negotiate a peace with the British meanwhile his counterparts are ither blundering with foreign dignitaries or figuratively stabbing him in the back with their letters to various congressional members at home The American army is in. And was on the brink of mutinyIn Europe America's only ally France teetered on the verge of bankruptcy and was soon reeling from a disastrous naval defeat in the Caribbean A stubborn George III dismissed Yorktown as a minor defeat and refused to yield an acre of my dominions in America In Paris Ambassador Benjamin Franklin confronted violent hostility to France among his fellow members of the American peace delegationIn his riveting new.

Librarian noteThere is than one author in the GoodReads database with this nameThomas James Fleming was an historian and historical novelist with a special interest in the American Revolution He was born in 1927 in Jersey City New Jersey the son of a World War I hero who was a leader in Jersey City politics for three decades Before her marriage his mother Katherine Dolan Fleming was