Revolutionary: George Washington at War

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6.3 X 1.7 X 9.2 inches | 1.5 pounds
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About the Author

Robert L. O'Connell received a Ph.D. in history at the University of Virginia, and spent thirty years as a senior analyst at the National Ground Intelligence Center. He is a visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, and was a contributing editor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. He is the author of numerous books, including Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman; The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic; Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression; and Soul of the Sword: An Illustrated History of Weaponry and Warfare from Prehistory to the Present.


"Given the amount of ink spilled over the years, it is not easy to offer a fresh look at George Washington's leadership role during the war for American independence. But Robert L. O'Connell has done it in Revolutionary. The title announces the insight, which is the otherwise uncontrollable political and military energies released by the war that Washington was able to orchestrate."--Joseph J. Ellis, author of American Dialogues: The Founders and Us

"George Washington underwent a remarkable arc of transformation from the vain, brazenly ambitious, and disaster-prone young officer of the French and Indian War of the 1750s to the Revolutionary leader known as the 'Father of His Country' two decades later. With his graceful writing, thoughtful insight, and intimate knowledge of his subject, Robert L. O'Connell in Revolutionary generously takes us along on that transformative journey of Washington's. This is a fascinating portrait of a leader emerging into greatness out of the cauldron of war."--Peter Stark, author of Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father

"Robert O'Connell has captured the essence of General George Washington, showing him to be a class-conscious man of the eighteenth century and a leader who could, and did, err egregiously. But he also demonstrates Washington's perceptive understanding of the American Revolution, the army he commanded, the enemy he fought, and the cultivation of his own image. Revolutionary is an illuminating and provocative book that should be read by all who wish to understand Washington's contribution to America's victory in the War of Independence."--John Ferling, author of Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe, and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe

"A provocative biography arguing that George Washington's greatest accomplishment was guiding a rare revolution that turned out well for the revolutionaries . . . a delightfully convincing case that Washington was history's least ruthless and most successful revolutionary."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Always expect the unexpected from Robert L. O'Connell. One of our best military historians doesn't disappoint with Revolutionary. Can there be a better account, or a more concise one, of the leader who improvised a genuine revolution and made it work--ours, fortunately?"--Robert Cowley, founding editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History