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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery History; Reissue edition (May 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159698791X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596987913
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''This is military history in the grand style.'' --Joseph J. Ellis, author of His Excellency: George Washington --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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George Washington: Genius or Goat?


Many military historians dismiss George Washington as merely lucky: he won the Revolutionary War by sheer dogged persistence against a half-hearted British enemy that decided the prize wasn’t worth the cost. But this, says Lieutenant General Dave R. Palmer—a combat veteran, former superintendent of West Point, and expert military historian—is simply wrong. Washington’s strategy was suited to his aim and changed with the circumstances of the war—but through it all he practiced the way of the fox. In George Washington’s Military Genius, Lieutenant General Palmer reveals:


  • What guided Washington’s boldness in the first year of the war
  • How Washington held his army together and built it up—with little or no money and, in the beginning, no allies
  • How Washington used European professionals to train his soldiers—and capitalized on the results
  • Washington’s keen appreciation for French naval power
  • The secret of Washington’s unparalleled moral leadership, without which the war might not have been won

A stirring and provocative military history of the war and George Washington’s leading place in it, George Washington’s Military Genius is sure to enlighten and entertain any reader with an interest in America’s War for Independence.

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Do yourself a favor and read this book as soon as you can.
James Crabtree
When I first heard Dave Palmer was writing another book about George Washington I thought to myself what more can be said.
Rude DeFrance
I did not have any appreciation for his talent in this area prior to reading this book.
James N. Ellis

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rude DeFrance on May 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I first heard Dave Palmer was writing another book about George Washington I thought to myself what more can be said. The libraries are full of books about the Father of Our Country. I was soon to be enlightened. The author first provides a dissertation on Strategy that could be a little deep for the novice, but Palmer's command of the english language is so great his words flow smoothly. He then proceeds to apply that strategy to the actions of General Washington throughout the War of American Independence. The book is well researched, and well doocumented. Anyone with any interest in American History will find the book a pleasure to read, and it is refreshing to keep history alive,especially for our younger generation.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By F.J. Brown on May 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This work is a superb highly informed study of adaptability in execution of the art of command. It skillfully combines extraordinarily appropriate personal command experience with profound scholarship. Really a must read to appreciate George Washington and the challenges of winning high command "playing a weak hand". FJ Brown Lt Gen US Army Rtd, PhD
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James N. Ellis on May 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A superb review of George Washington's real military genius. I did not have any appreciation for his talent in this area prior to reading this book. It covered his complete tour (almost 8 years) as commander of the new Army on this continent. I think it is Dave Palmer's best book on Washington. I recommend it to anyone interested in military history.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Crabtree on May 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Gen. Palmer has done it again. A foremost expert on Gen. George Washington, Gen. Palmer is back with yet another great work. I loved his previous book about Benedict Arnold and George Washington and this, his most recent, is yet another great read. I highly recommend it to anyone that loves history, our nation, or the military. There are a great many lessons to be learned here and it would not surprise me at all if this soon becomes a must read at places like the Army War College and our nation's military service academies. Do yourself a favor and read this book as soon as you can.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Adams on July 4, 2012
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All the terms in this review's title are attributed to George Washington in the arduous and daunting task undertaken by the well-described "Father of our Country." Dave Palmer's book on George Washington's military prowess, expertise, and, for sure, genius is much more than a mere rendition and a retelling of the many successful exploits of Washington as commander in chief for the long eight years of our war for independence. There is no doubt in any of the minds of those who have studied our Revolutionary War that General George Washington stands as the outstanding military luminary of our struggle for independence. Palmer's book brings forth in no uncertain terms, well-documented and sourced, why this is the case. Above and beyond the stories of the battles, this book brings forth what is to me concentric circles of laying the groundwork for the struggle so ably led by Washington. If a reader desires truly to understand the politics, demographics, geography, economy, and finances (or lack thereof) surrounding the colonies before and during the war this book is the one to read. The author brings all the myriad of factors together to explain the condition of our country that led to our rebellion, the strengths and weaknesses of the political and military decisions during the war, the contributions especially of France to our success, and spares no discredit when Washington made his errors that were far exceeded by his triumphs. Little was known to me of the native American allies of the English and their second front against us on our frontiers. Extensive quotes from Washington's own correspondence personalizes the man. Two conclusions were left with me as I finished this book on July 4, 2012. Number one, George Washington truly was a military genius. Secondly, all Americans can feel blessed that a person such as Washington was available to lead our military forces in such a fine, distinguished, and professional fashion to win for us the freedom of our great country.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Crivelli on October 24, 2012
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In 1975, LTG Dave R. Palmer wrote "The Way of the Fox: American Strategy in The War for America, 1775-1783" as part of the Contributions in Military Studies series. With much post-1976 research and analysis of Washington to call on, Dave Palmer has written an updated masterwork on the subject.

The author begins with a concise discussion of the meaning of "Strategy" and the military thought of Washington's time. This is a necessary chapter since strategy can be a slppery concept to define.

Palmer then divides the revolution into 4 distinct phases, and shows how George Washingtion adapted to each. The narrative doesn't get bogged down in the classic arguments of individual battles, but flows with the thread of strategy.

I've read most of Dave Palmer's books, and many other works on the Revolution. I would use this work if I were teaching a class on strategy, Washington, or the Revoluion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph E. Mersnik on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In Dave R. Palmer's "George Washington's Military Genius" introduction he said that he was going to write about Washington's strategies and tactics during the revolution, and to his credit he did just that. All to often, as much as readers generally enjoy descriptions of individuals and small units in a combat, this is not done and the author sticks to his knitting.

The Revolutionary War can be viewed as a war theater in North America with many fronts of battle or potential battle each having tactics to employ, but the overall strategy of winning the war was like a chess game where the greater thinker wins, and a constant maneuvering and adjustment on a grand scale takes place. This comes across in US Grants Personal Memoirs, where multiple fronts defeated the South. The author reveals the true complexity of the war as there was need to make adjustments and adaptations during each of the four phases of the war he describes so well.

The author emphasizes the mind view of Washington, the doggedness and determination to defeat the enemy and win, above all win...........and he saw no reason why he could not such was his confidence.
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