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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Washington's General by Terry Golway. The overlooked Quaker from Rhode Island who won the American Revolution's crucial southern campaign and helped to set up the final victory of American independence at Yorktown Nathanael Greene is a revolutionary hero who has been lost to history. Although places named in his honor dot city and country, few people know his quintessentially American story as a self-made, self The overlooked Quaker from Rhode Island who won the American Revolution's crucial southern campaign and helped to set up the final victory of American independence at Yorktown Nathanael Greene is a revolutionary hero who has been lost to history.
Although places named in his honor dot city and country, few people know his quintessentially American story as a self-made, self-educated military genius who renounced his Quaker upbringing-horrifying his large family-to take up arms against the British. Untrained in military matters when he joined the Rhode Island militia in , he quickly rose to become Washington's right-hand man and heir apparent.
After many daring exploits during the war's first four years and brilliant service as the army's quartermaster , he was chosen in by Washington to replace the routed Horatio Gates in South Carolina. Greene's southern campaign, which combined the forces of regular troops with bands of irregulars, broke all the rules of eighteenth-century warfare and foreshadowed the guerrilla wars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
His opponent in the south, Lord Cornwallis, wrote, "Greene is as dangerous as Washington. I never feel secure when I am encamped in his neighborhood. He is vigilant, enterprising, and full of resources. Terry Golway argues that Greene's appointment as commander of the American Southern Army was the war's decisive moment, and this bold new book returns Greene to his proper place in the Revolutionary era's pantheon. Read this book and you will understand why. Ellis, author of His Excellency: George Washington Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 22, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. Overall, it was okay. But the book left me a bit disappointed. It started out fine, but when I got to when Greene took over command of the army in the South, the writing style got very short and it read almost like a travelogue. Greene went here and fought the British and retreated, Greene went there and fought the British and retreated, then the war ended and he died.
It made me wonder if a diff Overall, it was okay. It made me wonder if a different person wrote the end of the book, or if the author just got bored of writing and tried to finish it up as quickly as he could. Oct 30, Andrew rated it really liked it. Most people do not know who Nathanael Greene was or the amount that he contributed to America's independence from Great Britain.
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Golway makes Greene very relatable to the reader as somebody who was truly human. He walked with a limp, but through hard work, rose through the ranks to become one of Washington's most trusted generals.
When looking at somebody like Nathanael Greene, it is important to discuss, Most people do not know who Nathanael Greene was or the amount that he contributed to America's independence from Great Britain. When looking at somebody like Nathanael Greene, it is important to discuss, much like JQA, where he came from and why his role was significant. In this book, Golway showed me that it is not only important to do those two things, but find common ground between your subject and your reader. If this gap is not bridged, it is difficult to connect with a text. I felt like I was able to connect with Nathanael Greene more than any of the other Revolutionaries I have read about.
Jul 24, North Landesman rated it really liked it Shelves: history. Solid book. Good read, solid use of sources. Short and easy to read.
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A succinct, well-written biography; one that is a bit on the short side, but better that than one of excess chaff. The author takes a balanced look at Nathanael Greene, presenting his flaws alongside his skills and triumphs.
He manages to present necessary information about the various battles and skirmishes of the Revolutionary War without going on too long, and provides the necessary background and context without getting sidetracked. My biggest critique would be that the ending of the book is A succinct, well-written biography; one that is a bit on the short side, but better that than one of excess chaff.
My biggest critique would be that the ending of the book is rather abrupt; I realize Greene's death was itself rather abrupt, but it would have been nice to get a bit more of an epilogue wrapping everything up.
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This is the best book written thus far on General Greene. Accurate information has been a long time coming on the General. His historical papers were not compiled and released until Now I know his story, his influence, his devotion to an independent America and the sacrifices he and his family made during the Revolutionary War.
May 31, Brady Nelson rated it it was amazing. Excellent read. I personally wish it had condensed the amount of time spent talking about his time in the North, his time as quartermaster, and his personal character, and spent more time going into more detail about his Southern strategies.
His Southern campaign is a small section towards the end of the book. Still very well done and I very much enjoyed it. Jun 02, Maria Lim rated it it was amazing. Nathanael Greene's biographies are generally wanting. This is probably the best one around. There is some detail about the battles although the author spends more time quoting letters from the general to and from his wife.
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A master of men and the battlefield, what Knox did with artillery, Greene championed with men and strategy. Jun 22, John Bohnert rated it really liked it. It's a shame that Nathanael Greene died so young. May 12, Steve Bender rated it it was amazing. Interesting bio of a former Quaker who became a general. This bio shows all the warts on Greene as well as his strengths. Good wayu to get a picture of the whole Revolutionary war. Jan 21, Mike Corgan rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical.
Very good book about a true revolutionary war hero. Toured his house in Rhode Island and now I know more about his life. Nov 17, Alex Bauer rated it it was ok. Great info on a person I've been wanting to know more about, but the writing makes this read a sludge. Dec 01, Chris rated it it was amazing. He was an interesting person in himself, but what interests me even more is that he never got credit for the influence he had, not just on the outcome of the Revolution, but on military strategy and doctrine. Greene grew up in a Quaker family in Rhode Island.
He was particularly interested in military history and strategy, and in , he joined the New Hampshire militia. It says something about mobilization for that war, and something about Greene, that within two years year he went from being a private in a state militia to a major general in the Continental Army. What he really wanted though, was a field command, and he continually reminded Washington of this.
But Washington needed an opportunity to give him one. Gates thought he himself should have the job. Gates was relieved of his command, and Washington sent Greene to lead what remained of the southern army. The idea was to somehow wrest control of Georgia and the Carolinas away from the British. But there was no way Greene would be able to accomplish this in open battle, when they were outnumbered nearly 7 to 1, had little artillery and not enough horses and were in relatively hostile territory, since the South was known for having a higher ratio of loyalists.
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So Greene maneuvered, constantly on the move, crisscrossing through the South, getting the British to chase him, occasionally turning to fight them, but then quickly abandoning the field once he had harangued the British enough. He instead chose to make sure that every time his army made a stand and the British chased them off, it was at a huge cost to the British. They could have the land. But in the end, the British expended so much energy chasing him and his tiny army, that they had effectively given up control of the South simply because they weren't there.
And they were so exhausted and depleted from the chase, and from the cost of driving Greene off those battlefields, that they chose to hole up far away in Virginia, at Yorktown. It effectively ended the war. In reality, what Greene conducted was an insurgency, and the British never figured out how to deal with it.