Secret History Of The American Revolution - Carl Van DorenGarden City Publishing Company, Inc., 1941, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, with tears to the spine ends and corners. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.
From the cover: “TO WRITE this chronicle of treachery, bribery, and coercion in the most critical period of the American Revolution, Carl Van Doren has engaged in a historical treasure hunt of endless fascination. The Secret Service papers of Sir Henry Clinton, from 1778 to 1782 Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty’s forces in North America, form the basis of this “behind the scenes” account of America’s battle for freedom. These papers, with a quantity of other Clinton material, were found in England some years ago, and were purchased by the Clements Library, Ann Arbor. Mr. Van Doren is the first scholar to be granted access to the Secret Service papers, and he has spent two years in deciphering obscure messages, digging for missing links, and confirming elusive clues. The account that emerges from that hard but exciting research gives in full detail a part of our heritage that was previously only scattered incident and loose suspicion. The Benedict Arnold conspiracy, as might be expected, is the central core of this secret chronicle, and it is enormously satisfying to know at last what tangled motives set this man on his tragic course. But that incredible scoundrel, with his beautiful wife and the charming Major Andre, were only the center of the web. Van Doren’s story covers a long period before and after the culmination of their plot. Other famous patriots — Israel Putnam, Ethan Alien, Philip Schuyler among them — were also the object of Clinton’s schemes, and though few Colonials were found corruptible, a surprising number took no offense at being approached. How this could have been so is a vital part of the pattern this book unfolds.
Size: 8¾" x 6"
Number of Pages: [XIV] 534
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