An Interview with James L. Nelson

Astrodene’s Historic Naval fiction is pleased to have obtained an Interview with James L. Nelson who’s new book George Washington’s Great Gamble is now available in the US and will be released in the UK on 21 June.

Your new book George Washington’s Great Gamble is out soon. What can you tell us about it?

George Washington’s Great Gamble is in some ways a sequel to George Washington’s Secret Navy. In Secret Navy I discussed the beginnings of Washington’s understanding of the importance of naval power. In this book we look at how Washington came to understand that he would never win the war without it, and his desperate struggle to get a superiority at sea.

Great Gamble tells the incredible story of how all the stars aligned for one time to bring about the victory at Yorktown, the most important star being French naval superiority. It is the most detailed look yet at the naval action that brought about that victory, and the bold moves, the gambles, made by Washington and others, that finally paid off big. There’s a great cast of characters, including Washington, Rochambeau, Lafayette, the French admiral De Grasse, Baron de Steuben, Benedict Arnold, Charles Cornwallis and others.

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