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George Washington's War: The Forging of a Revolutionary Leader and the American Presidency Paperback – February 1, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
Monmouth and Yorktown are each given about a page description - ridiculous in a book this size which purports to describe the war. The first 150 pages are excellent, and then the reader is relegated to experience the boredom of winter camp in winter after winter. The job that Washington performed in keeping the army together while it was starving, naked, and not receiving pay was incredible, and this story does have an important place in history and the effect that it had on Washington and the country. This part of the story has its relevance to history and I applaud its inclusion in the book - but it shouldn't be the entire book (especially a book this size).
To get the best that this book offers, read the first 150 pages. They are interesting in every respect.
Then read pages 151-200 to get an idea of what Washington faced every winter.
Then skip to the 8-10 pages describing what happened with Benedict Arnold.
There has to be a better book out there.
Here are some examples.
When the author discusses Catherine Van Cortlandt's fate, along with that of other Loyalists, her husband is referred to by two different first names in the same sentence, or it could be his name and part of the place name "Morristown." It's really confusing. In defense of the author, it may be an egregious typo; part of the joys of computer-generated text.
"Scrip," i.e. money, is continually called "script."
"Shillings" are called "schillings." Maybe the folks at Morristown paid for goods with Austrian money - I don't know.
In any case, things like this should have been caught by an editor or proofreader.
The author's discussions of leadership and some of Washington's dealings with Loyalists are eerily parallel to events of today and are thought-provoking. The segment in the book on smallpox and disease and medicine in the Continental Army was especially interesting. Another insightful bit was that on newspapers and Washington's use of them to shape opinion.
In conclusion, you'll enjoy the book, but be careful of editing pitfalls.
Stay away from this book. Read Leckie's Washington's War; an accurate, detailed, and at the same time enjoyable read.
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Bruce Chadwick, Ph.D., brings a wide variety of aspects of Washington's War to life, including in regard to
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I really enjoyed Bruce Chadwick's other books "The First American Army" and "I am Murdered". Read morePublished 23 months ago by A. R
The most intimate, incisive, and enlightening accounts of our founding fathers and the patriot who became the "cement" for our Continental Army and new nation.Published on November 21, 2013 by Somike40
Had to read this for school , and it was better than some other historical books I read, but it was difficult for me to read because non-fiction really does not appeal to me.Published on November 15, 2013 by Michael
a kindle purchase delivered wirelessly and very quickly. it was exactly as advertised. it is a great tpurchase and worth the moneyatPublished on November 9, 2013 by lana ingram
Very in depth coverage of GW during Rev War, and learned a few things (small pox control was one).
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This book is an interesting counterpoint to most Revolutionary War histories, which tend to focus on the X's and O's of the battlefield action. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Scott Cromar