“It Was a Damn Close Run Thing”

February 10, 2015 With John Ferling

So said Wellington about the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo—and the same can be said (and is said by our guest, John Ferling) about the outcome of our Revolutionary War . In this conversation from 2006 this masterly historian reviews how lucky we were and, for that matter, how much our victory was a gift from the French who finally provided the naval blockade which blocked the escape of the British from Yorktown. The broader lesson is how utterly contingent the turns of history can often be. Ferling, in this conversation, provides a wonderfully rich narrative backing for this view.