Washington's General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolution

Washington's General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolution

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by Terry Golway
     
 

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"Washington said if he went down in battle, Greene was his choice to succeed him. Read this book and you will understand why." —Joseph J. Ellis, author of His Excellency: George Washington

He was an unlikely warrior—a Quaker with a pronounced limp, Nathanael Greene surprised fellow patriots by rising quickly to become George Washington

Overview

"Washington said if he went down in battle, Greene was his choice to succeed him. Read this book and you will understand why." —Joseph J. Ellis, author of His Excellency: George Washington

He was an unlikely warrior—a Quaker with a pronounced limp, Nathanael Greene surprised fellow patriots by rising quickly to become George Washington's favorite soldier and heir apparent. After taking command of the failed Southern Army, Greene formulated an unorthodox guerrilla strategy—to win by surprise attacks and hasty retreats, which cut the enemy's supply lines until the outwitted British leaders grew tired of hunger and bloody sacrifices. His strategy of turning defeat into victory allowed the rebel army to gain momentum toward a final push, setting the stage for the victory at Yorktown.
Terry Golway's bold book, drawn from field documents, letters, diaries, and other sources, takes full account of the scope of Nathanael Greene's remarkable accomplishments, returning the forgotten patriot to his proper place in American history.

"Golway's biography does justice to this remarkable man. It is both informative and entertaining, written in a lively style that reflects the best characteristics of history for the educated layman. Golway clearly admires his subject, but doesn't overlook Greene's flaws." —New York Post

"Golway rescues Greene from oblivion, and deservedly so . . . A fitting and welcome monument to a surprisingly complex actor in early American history." —Kirkus Reviews

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“While researching and writing a book about George Washington, I concluded that Nathanael Greene was the most under appreciated great man in the War for Independence, and that he deserved a modern biography that told his incredible story. Now, here it is. Washington once said that, if he went down in battle, Greene was his choice to succeed him. Read this book and you will understand why.” —Joseph J. Ellis, author of His Excellency: George Washington

“Terry Golway has done a magnificent job of capturing the personal and professional Nathanael Greene and portraying him as a living, vibrant, exceptionally competent general whose significance has not been widely appreciated until now. The depth and breadth of research are outstanding, and the prose a joy to read. This should be regarded as the definitive biography for years to come.” —Robert M. Utley, author of The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull

“Terry Golway has written a remarkable book that brings the American Revolution alive for the 21st century reader in a new way. He gives us a Nathanael Greene that we can all understand: a modern man, ambitious but unsure of himself and the new political world he was creating, deeply in love but uncertain about his fidelity to his beautiful wife, not terribly fussy about the ethics of making money. Yet this Rhode Island Quaker risked his life and reputation to rescue the faltering Revolution in the South and incidentally proved himself a brilliant general. This is the American Revolution for adults.” —Thomas Fleming, author of Liberty! The American Revolution

“If George Washington was the one indispensable man in our Revolution, Nathanael Greene was surely Washington's one indispensable general. In a spirited, wholly engrossing narrative, Terry Golway summons this underappreciated figure back from the mists and puts the living man before us with all his crochets, self-pity, self-doubt--and the tenacious, high-hearted optimism that, along with a wholly self-taught military master, more than once saved his infant republic. This fine biography includes among its pleasures a love story (with its share of thorns amid the roses), a loquacious subject whose letters, for all their quaint spelling, are full of the eloquently-expressed passions of a gifted, beleaguered man, and perhaps most important of all, a wonderfully vivid reminder of what a reckless, audacious, almost miraculous adventure we Americans embarked upon when we decided we needed a nation of our own.” —Richard F. Snow, Editor-In-Chief, American Heritage

“Nathanael Greene lost every major battle he fought, and then he died young. Yet he was one of the greatest military geniuses America ever produced. Terry Golway triumphantly resurrects the pugnacious, self-taught optimist who helped Washington win the American Revolution.” —Richard Brookhiser, author of Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805080056
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/10/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
760,331
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Terry Golway is a frequent contributor to American Heritage, The Boston Globe, and The New York Times. His previous books include So That Others Might Live, The Irish in America, For the Cause of Liberty, and Irish Rebel. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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Washington's General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolution 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fairly well-written book about one of the lesser-known leaders of the American Revolution. But it does lack the depth of many biographies about this period that I've read, and it ends rather abruptly, with little real discussion of Greene's final years. I would probably give it 3.5 stars if that were possible. Recommended for a quick read about an interesting person, but it's not for anyone looking for something in-depth.
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