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Jini's book is the leading historical account of General Rochambeau
who sailed from France in 1780 bringing 5,500 soldiers and barrels of French Silver Coins

to help General George Washington win the American Revolution.

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"Jini Vail’s book deals with the insufficiently - known role of a remarkable hero of American Independence.”

Jacques de Trentinian
• Professional Researcher on the “War for America”
• Vice-President General of  the National Society of  the Sons of  the American Revolution 
• Past Board Member of the Société des Cincinnati de France

“Rochambeau: Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant is a fascinating, carefully researched portrait of one of the American Revolution’s most influential figures.... continues  

William Horton Cox
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Rochester, New York, Public Library

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“From the very first word, to the very last, a reader will be engaged in the romance, glory, and hardships  of  the amazing victory of the combined French - American
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On Meeting Walter W. Woodward, Connecticut State Historian
Jini Jones Vail, April 2015

I had the good fortune to meet Walter W. Woodward at the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury, CT recently where he was giving a talk. When we met  and I gave my name, his face lit up and he gave me a broad smile saying, "Oh yes, I know you! I have read your book and I own a copy in fact. Would you be able to sign a copy for me?”

I answered that I had brought some books with me and would be delighted to sign one for him. Later, as I was leaving, I approached him to say farewell and that I had enjoyed meeting him so much! He asked me: "By the way, how long did it take you to write your book?" I said "5 1/2 years.” He then proffered his right hand saying: “Thank you for your service!”

Naturally I was both stunned and humbled as I let this unusual word of gratification sink into my brain. I had never had a compliment like this one. I thought to myself, but I am not a serviceman; I have not fought in a war. But then I realized that, yes, I had been on the front line writing this book about Rochambeau and Washington and the birthing of our wonderful nation.


Step back in time and travel with Rochambeau as he rides through the night to the Palace of Versailles, answering a summons from King Louis XVI.
Sail with Rochambeau as he and his 42-ship convoy cross the Atlantic on an exhausting 70-day voyage to America.

Sit by his side as his carriage travels to meet with George Washington for their first face - to - face conference in Hartford, Connecticut. Enjoy the tension between the two generals as their strategy emerges.

Stand beside Rochambeau as he proudly watches his handsome French troops depart from Newport, Rhode Island, to begin their two hundred mile march to join forces with Washington’s army above the Hudson.

Stand near him in Chester, Pennsylvania, as he watches an overjoyed Washington twirl his hat in the air on hearing that the long-awaited French navy under Admiral De Grasse had arrived in the Chesapeake.

Ride at his side in the sweltering sun during the grueling trek from New York to Williamsburg, Virginia. Listen in as he rallies his troops at the Battle of Yorktown. And observe how Cornwallis grudgingly surrenders his sword at
                                                                               the final battle of the American Revolution.

Rochambeau: Washington's Ideal Lieutenant

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