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Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies That Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership

Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies That Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership

Conrad Black

Language: English

Pages: 824

ISBN: 159403673X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Like an eagle, American colonists ascended from the gulley of British dependence to the position of sovereign world power in a period of merely two centuries. Seizing territory in Canada and representation in Britain; expelling the French, and even their British forefathers, American leaders George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson paved their nation’s way to independence. With the first buds of public relation techniques—of communication, dramatization, and propaganda—America flourished into a vision of freedom, of enterprise, and of unalienable human rights.

In Flight of the Eagle, Conrad Black provides a perspective on American history that is unprecedented. Through his analysis of the strategic development of the United States from 1754-1992, Black describes nine “phases” of the strategic rise of the nation, in which it progressed through grave challenges, civil and foreign wars, and secured a place for itself under the title of “Superpower.” Black discredits prevailing notions that our unrivaled status is the product of good geography, demographics, and good luck. Instead, he reveals and analyzes the specific strategic decisions of great statesmen through the ages that transformed the world as we know it and established America’s place in it.

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Declaration of London as written. The Central Powers agreed, unsurprisingly, and the Russians and French said they would conform to the British position, which was also unsurprising, since without the British, the German navy would have prevailed over them without much difficulty. (France had the world’s fourth navy, after Britain, Germany, and the U.S., but it was a distant fourth and concentrated in the Mediterranean.) The British, on August 20, 1914, accepted the Declaration, but with a

December 1916. The French handed almost unlimited power to the 76-year-old veteran of the Paris Commune and the long battle over the Dreyfus affair, Georges Clemenceau, in November 1917. As Russia left the war and the Germans began their supreme play for victory in the west in March 1918, the Allies agreed on the appointment of Ferdinand Foch as generalissimo and supreme commander of the Allied armies, and in August, as he launched his great offensive, he was named Marshal of France. Pershing

Amazon, where he contracted some tenacious local ailments. Wilson thought that his predecessor was inspired by a Boy’s Own Annual fable of what war was like and remarked that it was no longer “the charge of the Light Brigade.” It was, in some respects, a nonsensical idea, but it held interesting political possibilities. Wilson could, in effect, have bargained this favor for Roosevelt’s support of his peace plan, if he had been prepared to preview some of it at this point, and could even have

case in the years before the Revolution, the colonies tended to think of themselves and of military deliverance as an entitlement of miraculous origin. Just as they balked at paying their share of the cost of ejecting the French from North America, the colonies, as long as the Redcoats weren’t coming across their own fields and through the kitchen door, tended to ignore the Continental Congress’s calls for funds. The Congress, which had no authority over the individual states/colonies, droned

he was finally dismissed in 1755. In 1756, Pitt claimed that Newcastle was deliberately leaving the British base in Minorca, in the Balearic Islands, under-defended, in order to represent the fall of it as evidence of the inadvisability of going to war with France. France had assembled a large naval force in Toulon, its main Mediterranean naval base, and attacked Minorca, which fell in the summer of 1756, despite an effort to protect the island by Admiral John Byng. Newcastle finally declared war

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