Meet the author: Tom Shachtman - How the French saved America

  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017
  • 6:00 PM
  • Library of the Union League


Registration is closed

Cocktail Cash Bar at 6:00 p.m. - Lecture at 6:30 p.m. 

Tom Shachtman has written and co-authored more than thirty books and has taught at New York University and lectured at Harvard, Stanford, Georgia Tech and the Library of Congress. He is a former chairman of The Writers Room in Manhattan, a trustee of the Connecticut Humanities Council, a founding director of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, and is currently a consultant to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's science and technology initiatives. 

Americans today have a love/hate relationship with France but in this illuminating new history, Tom Shachtman shows that without France, there might not be a United States of America. How the French saved America: Soldiers, Sailors, Diplomats, Louis XVI, and the Success of a Revolution is about French aid to Americans during the American Revolution. To the rebelling colonies, French assistance made the difference between looming defeat and eventual triumph. Even before the Declaration of Independence was issued, King Louis XVI and French foreign minister Vergennes were aiding the rebels. After the Declaration, that assistance broadened to include wages for our troops; guns, cannon, and ammunition; engineering expertise that enabled victories and prevented defeats; diplomatic recognition when no other country would give it; safe haven for privateers; battlefield leadership by veteran officers; and the army and fleet that made possible the Franco-American victory at Yorktown. Nearly ten percent of those who fought and died for the American cause were French. Those who fought and survived, in addition to the well-known Lafayette and Rochambeau, include François de Fleury, who won a Congressional Medal for valor, Louis Duportail, who founded the Army Corps of Engineers, and Admiral de Grasse, whose sea victory sealed the fate of Yorktown. In How the French Saved America, vividly captures the individual characters of our European brothers and the monumental role they played in America's fight for independence and democracy. 

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