George Washington's Military Genius

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“Too often George Washington gets dismissed as little more than a bumbling but lucky military leader. Not so, says distinguished military historian Dave R. Palmer in his compelling volume. Palmer shows in convincing fashion how Washington showed courageous flexibility in formulating the strategy that would bring the rebellious Americans victory in their War for Independence. From beginning to end, George Washington’s Military Genius makes for gripping reading....Highly ...
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Overview


“Too often George Washington gets dismissed as little more than a bumbling but lucky military leader. Not so, says distinguished military historian Dave R. Palmer in his compelling volume. Palmer shows in convincing fashion how Washington showed courageous flexibility in formulating the strategy that would bring the rebellious Americans victory in their War for Independence. From beginning to end, George Washington’s Military Genius makes for gripping reading....Highly recommended!!"
—James Kirby Martin, author of the award-winning Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered

“Too many Americans—including scholars—downplay Washington’s military leadership, implying he was just the right man at the right place. General Palmer demonstrates once and for all that Washington had a strategy to win the war, and the determination to survive against all odds.”
—James C. Rees, president of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

“Palmer makes a convincing case that America is free, united, and governed by civilians because of Washington’s strategic foresight and tactical brilliance.”
Publishers Weekly

“Dave Palmer rightly portrays General George Washington as a shrewd and effective commander in chief who understood better than anyone—American or British—the connection between political goals and military operations during the American Revolutionary War. Palmer’s superb history is clearheaded and insightful—anyone interested in the art of war at the strategic level will find this thoughtful book indispensable.”
—Colonel Lance Betros, head of the Department of History, West Point

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596987913
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 600,970
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Terrific synopsis of a great leader.

    Terrific synopsis of a great leader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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