The Strategy Of Victory: How General George Washington Won The American Revolution
- American Revolution, Best of 2017
America nearly lost its war of independence through muddled military thinking. The embryo nation narrowly escaped from the disastrous results of these misconceptions thanks to the levelheaded intelligence of one man: General George Washington. Patriot leaders were convinced that homegrown militias were the key to victory-but Washington knew that fielding an army of professional soldiers was the only way to win independence. He fought bitterly with the leaders in Congress over the creation of a regular army. In the end, he and his army prevailed.
The late, renowned historian Thomas Fleming reveals how this professional force, backed by a corps of citizen soldiers, secured victory, independence, and a lasting peace for the young republic
About the Author
The late Thomas Fleming (1927-2017) was a distinguished historian and author of more than fifty books, including 1776: Year of Illusions. A frequent guest on PBS, A&E, and the History Channel, Fleming contributed articles to American Heritage, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, and many other publications.
"The strategy of maintaining an army to look the enemy in the face dovetailed with the policy of never risking that army on one roll of the dice of war.... For the next five years, Washington fought this protracted war with immense patience and skill. It proved to be a far more complex task than anyone, including the commander in chief foresaw, as the war spread north and south, engulfing almost every state. But the victories at Trenton and Princeton had enabled him to obtain from Congress the means of fighting it his way. The shaken lawmakers gave Washington almost dictatorial powers. Henceforth he would be permitted to enlist men for three years in an army that was truly Continental in name as well as in fact. It was also an army that would have well trained artillerymen as well as cavalry, bolstering their ability to confront a British army with similar troops. Also available would be enough money to finance an intelligence operation that enabled Washington to anticipate the enemy's plans and move promptly to counter them.
Henceforth victory would be a reasonable possibility."
-from The Strategy of Victory
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||October 10, 2017|