- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (June 14, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393245721
- ISBN-13: 978-0393245721
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence 1st Edition
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“George C. Daughan’s narrative is by turns suspenseful, elegant, and moving. He entwines lucid analysis of politics and diplomacy with expertly rendered accounts of the military and naval campaigns.”
- Ian W. Toll, best-selling author of Six Frigates
“[A]n exacting account of the personal and national cost of the rebellion on both sides.”
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“[Daughan] deftly highlights how naval power shaped even war on land.”
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“In this sharply drawn narrative, Daughan offers something truly valuable: a focus on the grand scale.”
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“[An] enlightening combination of military and regional history.”
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About the Author
George C. Daughan holds a PhD from Harvard University, where he studied under Henry Kissinger. His books If By Sea and 1812: The Navy’s War won the Samuel Eliot Morison Award. He lives in New Hampshire.
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I am always impressed with research and detail that goes into his books.
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I was incorrect. But that’s not to say that I was necessarily disappointed. One doesn’t get far into the book to realize that Daughan’s account is going to be more far-ranging and comprehensive that the title suggests. In fact, what the reader is presented is a well-told story that (whether the author intended it or not) amounts to a strategic view of the war, particularly from the British standpoint. In discussing the give’s and take’s on both sides of the struggle, Daughan indulges in a good deal of supposition and inference, coming down hard, for instance, on Washington’s early misjudgments and especially on the British military leadership’s inability to work together (to say nothing of their relations with their London overseers), with eventually cataclysmic results. While the author’s frequent conclusory dispositions largely accord with my understanding of the actors’ strengths and weaknesses, I found Daughan’s unrelenting “rights” and “wrongs” adjudications slightly off-putting.
Having said all that, the author does an excellent job of relating the ebb’s and flows of the war in a relatively short work. And the lessons never learned by King George III and his ministers are once again manifest; their hilariously optimistic take on the loyalists’ willingness to rally to the Jack, never mind their fighting dispositions; the tenacity of the “rebels,” and their inconsistent but always-improving ability to fight; and, lastly, the sheer size of America which absolutely precluded the investiture and maintenance of control of any significant part of the country. And if a reader is intrigued by the wrong-headedness of Britain’s ambitions and strategic shortcomings, I highly recommend Andrew O’Shaughnessy’s “The Men Who Lost America,” a simply delightful recounting of the roles of the principal King’s actors in the loss of the continent.
So, while I was slightly disappointed by the author’s not sticking to his purported subject, I must say that I was impressed with his digression, and suggest that this would be a fine introductory work for someone new to the history of the war which would undoubtedly whet the reader’s appetite for more specialized treatments.
This fills in all the gaps in history a 75 year old Hudson River Rat needed