The First Salute

  • by Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and best-selling 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 presents a fresh, new view of the events that led from the first foreign salute to American nationhood in 1776 to the last campaign of the Revolution five years later. It paints a magnificent portrait of General George Washington and recounts in riveting detail the events responsible for the birth of our nation.


What the Critics Say

"Trenchant observations and an exciting climax....Most libraries will want this Pulitzer Prize-winner's latest." (Library Journal)
"Blackstone's inspired pairing of narrator Nadia May with the work of Barbara Tuchman introduces a new generation of the twentieth century's most popular and esteemed historians." (AudioFile)
"[A] brilliant slice of American Revolutionary history....expertly weaving political and military history, Tuchman lets you feel how Washington's victory at Yorktown sent shock waves around the globe." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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A brilliant classic

Before I start my review I have to say that I have loved the works of Tuchman since Highschool and owned this same work by the same narrator (on audio tape) for years. It seems that no sooner than I go out and buy a converter to convert my tapes into MP3 than Audible comes out with this ;-).

This is Tuchman's history of the American revolution focusing on the naval aspects. It is an excellent and interesting take on the revolution from an interesting perspective. Tuchman is attracted to the Irrational in Human Affairs and finds much fodder for her interest in the actions of the British during the revolution. This leads her to indulge in sweeping statements of human nature and political philosophy which get a little tedious. She also indulges her tendency to tangential anecdote including a complete history of the Dutch war of independence from Spain and an in depth review of the careers of many actors going back decades before the events at the center of her book. However, this is forgivable as her analysis is interesting, clear, and generally logical. Also, the writing style is brilliant and engaging.

The narration by Nadia May is exceptional (that said, some people do not like her voice -a love it or hate it sort of thing so try the sample). She is clear and easy to understand with very good inflection.

While this is not the best of Tuchman, it is brilliant and interesting and well worth the listening. I can recommend it to anyone with an interest in Naval History, The American Revolution, or European History. The book is good for most reading levels from seniors in high-school on up.
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- Matthew

American Revolution...detail, details, details

This is a wonderful read if you are interested in excruciating details about the events leading up to the American Revolution and the Revolution itself. I have never read a book on the AR that captures the European background and the Revolution's progress through the battles and events, for some time, after the Yorktown surrender. If you like European and U.S. history I highly recommend this book
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- Edwin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-19-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.