The Strategy of Victory: How General George Washington Won the American Revolution by Thomas Fleming
A sweeping and insightful grand strategic overview of the American Revolution, highlighting Washington's role in orchestrating victory and creating the US Army.
Led by the Continental Congress, the Americans almost lost the war for independence because their military thinking was badly muddled. Following the victory in 1775 at Bunker Hill, patriot leaders were convinced that the key to victory was the home-grown militia—local men defending their families and homes. But the flush of early victory soon turned into a bitter reality as the British routed Americans fleeing New York.
General George Washington knew that having and maintaining an army of professional soldiers was the only way to win independence. As he fought bitterly with the leaders in Congress over the creation of a regular army, he patiently waited until his new army was ready for pitched battle. His first opportunity came late in 1776, following his surprise crossing of the Delaware River. In New Jersey, the strategy of victory was about to unfold.
In The Strategy of Victory, preeminent historian Thomas Fleming examines the battles that created American independence, revealing how the creation of a professional army worked on the battlefield to secure victory, independence, and a lasting peace for the young nation.
Thomas Fleming’s history books include gripping narratives of the personal lives of the Founding Fathers, the year 1776, the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, America’s entry into World War I, and other dramatic events of the past. Read more
One of the main reasons Thomas Fleming began writing novels was to communicate the reality of history as an experience. History books rarely deal with emotion, so it’s easy to forget that history was lived by passionate, caring, conflicted people. Novels of the historical imagination (a phrase Fleming preferred to historical novels) help to bring the past alive. Read more
Thomas Fleming was an historian and historical novelist, with a special interest in the American Revolution. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, he grew up during the reign of Frank Hague, the city’s legendary mayor who was nationally known as the founder and leader of one of the strongest big city political organizations in the country. Read more
Fleming received many awards and made many TV appearances over
the course of his long career. He is perhaps best known for his appearances
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