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Author O'Shaughnessy, Andrew Jackson.

Title The men who lost America : British leadership, the American Revolution, and the fate of the empire / Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]


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Description xiv, 466 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 27 cm.
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Series Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history
Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history.
Summary "The loss of America was a stunning and unexpected defeat for the powerful British Empire. Common wisdom has held that incompetent military commanders and political leaders in Britain must have been to blame, but were they? This intriguing book makes a different argument. Weaving together the personal stories of ten prominent men who directed the British dimension of the war, historian Andrew O'Shaughnessy dispels the incompetence myth and uncovers the real reasons that rebellious colonials were able to achieve their surprising victory. In interlinked biographical chapters, the author follows the course of the war from the perspectives of King George III, Prime Minister Lord North, military leaders including General Burgoyne, the Earl of Sandwich, and others who, for the most part, led ably and even brilliantly. Victories were frequent, and in fact the British conquered every American city at some stage of the Revolutionary War. Yet roiling political complexities at home, combined with the fervency of the fighting Americans, proved fatal to the British war effort. The book concludes with a penetrating assessment of the years after Yorktown, when the British achieved victories against the French and Spanish, thereby keeping intact what remained of the British Empire"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-448) and index.
Contents pt. I. The view from London. "The tyrant": George III ; The prime minister: Lord North -- pt. II. Victory and defeat in the north (1776-1778). The peace commissioners?: the Howe brothers ; "The old gamester": John Burgoyne ; "The Achilles of the American war": Lord George Germain -- pt. III. Victory and defeat in the south (1778-1781). "The scapegoat": Sir Henry Clinton ; "Bagging the fox": Charles, Earl Cornwallis -- pt. IV. Victory against France and Spain (1782). "Saint George": Sir George Rodney ; "Jemmy Twitcher": The Earl of Sandwich.
Awards George Washington Book Award George Washington College; Winner of the 2013 Great Midwest Book Festival in the Regional Literature.
Subject United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- British forces.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Campaigns.
Great Britain. Army -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1760-1820.
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Participation, British.
Great Britain. Army. (OCoLC)fst00533555
American Revolution (1775-1783) (OCoLC)fst01351668
Napoleonic Wars (1800-1815) (OCoLC)fst01032683
Military participation -- British. (OCoLC)fst01353706
Political science. (OCoLC)fst01069781
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1760 - 1820
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780300191073 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
0300191073 (hardcover : acid-free paper)

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