George Washington's Military Geniusby Dave Richard Palmer
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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Dave R. Palmer is a former superintendent of West Point, a retired lieutenant general of the United States Army, two-tour veteran of Vietnam, and an 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, The Summons of the Trumpet, The Way of the Fox, 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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Terrific synopsis of a great leader.
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,