George Washington's Military Genius

George Washington's Military Genius

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by Dave Richard Palmer
     
 

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George Washington’s military strategy has been called bumbling at worst and brilliant at best. So which is it? Was George Washington a strategic genius or just lucky? So asks Dave R. Palmer in his new book, George Washington’s Military Genius. An updated edition of Palmer's earlier work, The Way of the Fox, George Washington’s

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George Washington’s military strategy has been called bumbling at worst and brilliant at best. So which is it? Was George Washington a strategic genius or just lucky? So asks Dave R. Palmer in his new book, George Washington’s Military Genius. An updated edition of Palmer's earlier work, The Way of the Fox, George Washington’s Military Genius breaks down the American Revolution into four phases and analyzes Washington's strategy during each phrase. "The British did not have to lose; the patriots did not have to triumph," writes Palmer as he proves without a doubt that Washington's continuously-changing military tactics were deliberate, strategic responses to the various phases of the war, not because he lacked a plan of action. Confronting the critics who say Washington's battlefield success and ultimate victories were a function of luck, George Washington's Military Genius proves why the father of our country also deserves the title of America's preeminent strategist.

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Palmer, historian and former superintendent of West Point (George Washington: First in War), makes a convincing case that America is free, united, and governed by civilians because of Washington’s strategic foresight and tactical brilliance. No subsequent revolution in a dozen other nations ended so happily. Palmer pooh-poohs historians who describe Washington as a commander of limited ability who won by not losing, i.e., avoiding battles until the British grew tired of the struggle. Reviewing his generalship, Palmer maintains that Washington was aggressive and imaginative, willing to take risks but always aware of his ultimate goal. Palmer reminds readers that the Continental Congress launched the revolution beautifully but managed it dreadfully, growing increasingly faction ridden and ineffectual as the economy slid toward ruin. Washington remained loyal—perhaps his most impressive accomplishment—by keeping a restive army under control and quashing a rebellion among officers. This is a relentlessly admiring portrait, but Palmer has a critical historian’s eye for 18th-century war and politics, avoids uncritical worship of our founding fathers, and enjoys the advantage of a subject who was genuinely admirable. Maps. (May)

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ISBN-13:
9781596987913
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
05/28/2012
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
634,287
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Dave R. Palmer is a retired lieutenant general of the United States Army, two-tour veteran of Vietnam, former superintendent of West Point, and accomplished military historian specializing in the campaigns of George Washington and the eighteenth-century American army. He often appears as a commentator in television documentaries on the Revolutionary War period and its generals and is the author of many books, including George Washington and Benedict Arnold: A Tale of Two Patriots, Summons of the Trumpet: U.S.- Vietnam in Perspective, and George Washington: First in War. A graduate of West Point and Duke University, he lives with his wife in Belton, Texas.

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George Washington's Military Genius: The Way of the Fox 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific synopsis of a great leader.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Dave R. Palmer originally named this book The Way Of The Fox. Both titles are a bit misleading. Palmer mostly discussed Washington the strategic thinker, not the army commander. This is not to dismiss the value of his thesis. It was Washington's strategy, carried out most notably by his protege Nathaniel Greene in the Carolinas, that won America its independence. His vision, shared by the other founding fathers, of the United States as a future great power led to favorable peace terms. What is not here are the day to day details of Washington's leadership of the Continental army and of his campaigns. For that look for a narrative history of the Revolution or a good Washington biography. I recommend George Washington, A Life by Willard Sterne Randall. It might be best to have a working knowledge of the Revolution before reading this book,