While George Washington’s military successes are legend, many historians believe that his prowess was a result of luck and dumb persistence—utterly lacking in strategic vision or tactical brilliance. Which view holds the most truth? In George Washington’s Military Genius, Dave R. Palmer comes to the general’s rescue in an astute assessment of his performance in the field.
Beginning with an initial chapter that details the basic components of strategy as they were perceived by 18th-century Americans, George Washington's Military Genius breaks down the American Revolution into four phases and analyzes Washington’s strategy during each. “The British did not have to lose; the patriots did not have to triumph,” Palmer writes as he convincingly makes the case that Washington’s continuously changing military tactics were deliberate, strategic responses to the various phases of the war and not the result of his lacking a plan of action.
Confronting the critics who contend that Washington’s battlefield success and ultimate victories were a function of chance, George Washington's Military Genius shows why Washington deserves the title of America's preeminent strategist.
Hardcover Book : 272 pages
Publisher: Regnery Publishing Inc ( May 15, 2012 )
Item #: 13-589223
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 x 0.68inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)