The Men Who Lost America

Pages: 496
Subject: History
Imprint: Oneworld

The Men Who Lost America

British Command during the Revolutionary War and the Preservation of the Empire

Andrew O'Shaughnessy

Prize-winning history - exposes the myth of Britain’s incompetence during the American Revolution
9781780745015 (3 Jul 2014)
RRP £14.99

The Book

The loss of America in 1781 has traditionally been blamed on incompetent British military commanders and political leaders whose arrogant confidence and out-dated tactics were no match for the innovative and determined Americans. But this is far from the truth.

Weaving together the personal stories of ten prominent characters, including King George III, Prime Minister Lord North, General Burgoyne, and the Earl of Sandwich, Andrew O’Shaughnessy demolishes the myths, emerging with a very different and much richer account of the conflict - one driven by able and even brilliant leadership.

Additional Information

Subject History
Pages 496
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Andrew O’Shaughnessy is the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Centre for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, and Professor of History at the University of Virginia. Originally from Britain, he lectured at the University of Oxford before moving to the US, where he currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.



- BBC History

'A first-rate study, scholarly, yet accessible.'

- Military History Monthly



'Fascinating, well written and extensively researched.'

- Saul David, Sunday Telegraph

'First-rank revisionist history.'

- Independent

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