Waiting on Wednesday #4 – The Men Who Lost America

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

  The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire

Authors:  Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy

Language: English

Publisher: Yale University Press

Format: Hardcover/Ebook

Expected Release Date: July 24, 2013

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

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.

Here’s Why: 

Maybe it’s the minor in history or the heavy pro-American slant I eagerly studied in military history that drive me to see things from another perspective.  I began to discover that completely different view while serving with British officers during my various NATO missions.  So it’s refreshing to see an academic opinion on the matter, and one presented with a more entertaining flow than you’d see in a college text.  While I have a penchant for fiction, I’m dedicated to lifelong learning so it’s great to be able to enjoy the process – and this seems to be the best of both worlds.

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  1. #1 by scottreadsit on June 19, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    I’m not usually into books like this but this sounds interesting! Great WoW pick!!
    -Scott Reads It!

  2. #2 by Kristin A. (@Hermyoni) on June 19, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    This sounds like a fascinating book. I’m really into learning History beyond the textbook stuff we’ve all had drilled into us since youth. I’ll have to add this to my TBR for sure.

    Thanks for stopping by My WoW earlier and sharing a link to yours!

  3. #3 by Reese's on June 19, 2013 - 1:34 pm

    I like the sound of this book and may have to pick up a copy for my bf because he love love loves this kind of stuff. Thank you so much for stopping by and I loved the personal story at the end. 8)
    Happy Reading!!

  4. #4 by Crys (The Hodgenator) on June 19, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    This sounds like a book a book both me and my husband could read and discuss – what a great pick.

    Happy Reading!

    Crys (The Hodgenator)
    My WoW

  5. #5 by vmcarswell on June 19, 2013 - 3:23 pm

    I’m not one who is crazy for history, but I’m sure if I had a really good book I’d love to read about history all day. Great pick and thanks for stopping by 🙂

    Vyki @ On The Shelf

  6. #6 by MyBookAddiction (@Toni_BookAddict) on June 19, 2013 - 3:53 pm

    Wow, this is a new one to me! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

  7. #7 by Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life on June 19, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    Wow, this book really does seem like the best of both worlds! A combination of fiction with actual history seems so intriguing to me. While we were studying this war at school, I was always intrigued by the fact that the Americans won- how? So I think this may be one I’ll have to pick up to get a good answer for.

    Amazing pick!!

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

  8. #8 by Holly U on June 19, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    Nice pick!

    Thanks for stopping by my WOW. 🙂

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