Winning Independence – John Ferling

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Welcome to The Not Old Better Show. I’m Paul Vogelzang and as part of our Smithsonian Associates Art of Living series, our guest today is historian John Ferling.

Throughout his long career, historian John Ferling has specialized in the American Revolution. He taught numerous courses on the Revolution, America’s Founders, and U. S. military history. He is the author of thirteen books, all but two of which have dealt with the American Revolution and its leaders.


Many times when we think of the key moments of the American Revolution we overlook the latter half of the war. John Ferling is here to change that. Focusing on the later southern campaigns in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, John Ferling’s narrative history in his new book, Winning Independence: The Decisive Years of the Revolutionary War, 1778-1781, considers how rival commanders George Washington and Sir Henry Clinton faced challenges and setbacks at a time when American independence was far from certain.  Yet another excellent work of early American history from one of its best practitioners, about the southern strategy, Gen. George Washington’s great political acumen but equally stifling risk aversion, and why America really did win the revolutionary war.

That of course is our guest today, author and historian John Ferling, reading from his new book,  Winning Independence: The Decisive Years of the Revolutionary War, 1778-1781.   And now please join me in welcoming to The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associate John Ferling.

My thanks to author and historian John Ferling for his generous time and his new book,  Winning Independence: The Decisive Years of the Revolutionary War, 1778-1781 which is wonderful is on sale everywhere.  Please check it out.  My thanks to the Smithsonian team for all they do to support the show, and my thanks to you, my wonderful Not Old Better Show audience…remember be well, stay safe and let’s talk about better.  The Not Old Better Show.  Thanks, everybody.

Written by Paul Vogelzang

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