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George Washington's Military Genius Hardcover – May 28, 2012
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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. Palmera combat veteran, former superintendent of West Point, and expert military historianis simply wrong. Washington’s strategy was suited to his aim and changed with the circumstances of the warbut 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 upwith little or no money and, in the beginning, no allies
- How Washington used European professionals to train his soldiersand 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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Provides Ph.D. level teaching. Outstanding language, precise, broad, and thought provoking. This text provides a great contribution to strategic planning theory. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dr. Ronald Cutburth
Length was just right. Great breakdown of the different phases of war and how cunning and perceptive Washington was with each phase. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Chuck Frye
The revisionist historians, aka liberals, love to trash anything good and raise to heights of adoration anything sick, perverted or twisted. Read morePublished 14 months ago by doctordoctor
Fast shipping! Great book as described. Fantastic seller!Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written, with many facts that are not well known about the Father of our Country. While many would argue that the American War for Independence was lost by the British,... Read morePublished 23 months ago by JonPittsburgh67