A new book by Stevens Institute of Technology professor Larrie D. Ferreiro, Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It, was recently selected as a finalist by the Pulitzer Prize Board for its distinctive work in giving a new perspective on the American Revolution within the proper historical context.
Through a global strategic lens, "Brothers at Arms” provides an insightful revisionist history that places the American Revolution in a fresh light, revealing that the American Revolution was indeed an international coalition formed to fight against a common enemy: England. He sheds light on how American colonists had little chance of prevailing against England in the American Revolutionary War were it not for France and Spain expending considerable military support, equivalent to $30 billion today and 90 percent of all guns.
Dr. Ferreiro is an adjunct professor at the Stevens School of Systems and Enterprises, where he teaches systems engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Department of Defense, and was an exchange engineer in the French Navy, over thirty-five years. He is also the author of Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World and Ships and Science: The Birth of Naval Architecture in the Scientific Revolution, 1600-1800.
“Brothers at Arms” was also recently named the 2016 Book of the Year Award by the Journal of the American Revolution.
The Pulitzer Prize was established in 1917 and recognizes achievements in journalism, literature, drama, and music composition. The 2017 winners and finalists were announced during a ceremony at Columbia University.
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