“The author makes a convincing case that, without France, the United States may never have gained independence.” Kirkus Reviews.
“Shachtman illuminates the impact of French contributions to American military leadership, resources, and engineering knowledge, while also paying close attention to the effects of French-led international negotiations with Britain and Spain. Throughout he emphasizes the roles played by King Louis XVI, the Marquis de Lafayette, and others who worked closely with more-well-known American figures such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin….. Of interest to American-history enthusiasts and Francophiles alike.” Publishers Weekly.
“A terrific read, incredibly researched, vivid, persuasive, wonderful details and analysis – everything you want history to be.” Constance Rosenblum, former section editor, The New York Times.
“At last a full and compelling account of the crucial role that France and the French played in the American Revolutionary War. This book deserves a place on the bookshelf of every American history buff.” Jeswald Salacuse, Distinguished Professor and Former Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.