Revolutionary: George Washington at War

Revolutionary: George Washington at War

In a bold reappraisal of Washington as a young soldier destined be a legendary general, an acclaimed military historian brings to life the man who took on the British and with his leadership came to define the American character.How did George Washington become an American icon? Robert O'Connell, bestselling author of Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh S...

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Title:Revolutionary: George Washington at War
Author:Robert L. O'Connell
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  • T B

    This was very good. It's more of a character study of Washington (GW he calls him) than a history or biography. It begins with his early life and tracks him through to the American Revolution but not to his Presidency. It has an excellent analysis of Washington's principles for defeating the World's #1 military power and dovetails that strategy into Washington's character. O'Connell also develops the strengths and weaknesses of Washington's key lieutenants such as Greene, Wayne, Knox and (gulp!)

    This was very good. It's more of a character study of Washington (GW he calls him) than a history or biography. It begins with his early life and tracks him through to the American Revolution but not to his Presidency. It has an excellent analysis of Washington's principles for defeating the World's #1 military power and dovetails that strategy into Washington's character. O'Connell also develops the strengths and weaknesses of Washington's key lieutenants such as Greene, Wayne, Knox and (gulp!) Arnold as well as insights into the British commanders, politicians and the King. I've read several Washington books and this one adds interesting dimensions to the biographies that I've read.

  • John

    I received this ARC from Random House and NetGalley in exchange for an impartial review. This is an interesting twist on George Washington and the American Revolution. The author looks at the subjects as revolutionists and compares them to other revolutions and revolutionary figures. Rather that a complete history of General Washington, the author concentrates on his childhood and military career. Washington from a young age dreamed of becoming a soldier. The book deals extensively with his mili

    I received this ARC from Random House and NetGalley in exchange for an impartial review. This is an interesting twist on George Washington and the American Revolution. The author looks at the subjects as revolutionists and compares them to other revolutions and revolutionary figures. Rather that a complete history of General Washington, the author concentrates on his childhood and military career. Washington from a young age dreamed of becoming a soldier. The book deals extensively with his military career in both the French and Indian War and especially during the American Revolution. It took me a while to get into the book and to warm to the authors viewpoint, but I enjoyed his discussion of the Revolution. He discusses the central role of George Washington in both the success of the Revolution and it preventing it from turning into the bloodbath that was the French Revolution and other revolutions throughout history. Washington was always a calming influence in preventing the bloody excesses that define other revolutions.

    Especially revealing to me were the author’s view that the British had lost the Revolution from the start and never had a chance of winning. This view was based on his belief that the British were wrong in their belief that the revolutionary spirit in American was only felt among a handful of revolutionary leaders and not the general populous. He does an excellent job of proving this British belief wrong and that in spite of their victories on the battlefield, they were failing miserably in gaining the hearts and mind of the citizens. And without that they never had a chance of success.

    One reason for this failure that astounded me, was the extent of the abusive behavior of the British military. I knew about the bitter conflict in the South between the Patriot and Tory factions, but I never knew of the atrocities committed by the British throughout the Colonies. Any chance they had of gaining the support of the populous was lost by this poor behavior. It was surprising to me to learn the extent of looting and rapes committed and the British forces. It was to Washington’s great credit that he strictly forbid this type of vengeful reprisal by American soldiers and this kept the public opinion battle firmly on the side of the Colonists.

    Overall this was a fascinating look George Washington and the American Revolution, and especially at Washington’s primary role in the success of the war and the remarkable government that was formed. The America that we know never would have existed without George Washington.

  • Cristie Underwood

    The author's painstaking research and attention to detail is obvious in the writing of this book. There were many facts that I only discovered after reading this!

  • Craig Pearson

    Not quite what I expected. While this book did shed a different light on a few aspects of Washington's life, there were some issues with the writing that I have problems with. The author uses terminology that is somewhat trendy but inappropriate for the late eighteenth century. There is no reason to overuse the term 'rage militaire' as much as he does. My biggest issue is with the author's use of the initials 'GW' when refering to George Washington throughout the book. That works fine in a John

    Not quite what I expected. While this book did shed a different light on a few aspects of Washington's life, there were some issues with the writing that I have problems with. The author uses terminology that is somewhat trendy but inappropriate for the late eighteenth century. There is no reason to overuse the term 'rage militaire' as much as he does. My biggest issue is with the author's use of the initials 'GW' when refering to George Washington throughout the book. That works fine in a John Wayne movie but not in a Washington biography.

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