R EVIEWS EDITED BY SEAN P. HARVEY AND LUCIA M cMAHON Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It. By Larrie D. Ferreiro. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. Pp. 429. Cloth, $30.00.) Reviewed by Sandra Moats Larrie D. Ferreiro’s book, Brothers at Arms, offers a comprehensive examination of the role the French and Spanish played in assisting America in its war for independence. The strength of Ferreiro’s book lies in its attention to detail and its examination of the full range of personalities, deals, agreements, and battles that comprised the Bourbon countries’ connection to America. While this well-written book will appeal to general audiences, historians looking for new insights on the globalization of the American Revolution might want to look elsewhere. The book’s opening chapter, “Not Just the Declaration of Indepen- dence, but also a Declaration that We Depend on France (and Spain, too),” introduces a provocative thesis. Ferreiro argues that the Declara- tion of Independence was not addressed to King George III or to the American colonists: “Instead, the Declaration was written as a call for help from France and Spain” (xvii). A few pages later, Ferreiro seems to have
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Dec 3, 2018
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