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

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

Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Gildart Jackson

Length:

21h 6m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

14:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

16:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

31:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

25:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:31


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

25:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:43


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:25


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:08


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

17:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

21:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

21:13


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

11:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:06


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

24:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

17:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

23:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

27:41


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

19:44


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

20:16


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

18:45


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

11:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

19:29


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

33:43


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

16:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

15:32


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

16:40


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

12:23


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:38


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:36


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

12:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

17:28


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

45:45


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

21:37


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

15:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

14:16


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

09:44


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

17:09


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

10:17


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

14:41


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:19


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

17:33


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

16:15


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:42


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

15:11


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:03


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

16:28


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

13:26


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

10:40


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

16:03


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

14:56


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

12:22


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:51


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

34:45