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Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence
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The riveting untold story of the fight for the Hudson River Valley, the decisive campaign of the Revolutionary War.


No part of the country was more contested during the American Revolution than New York City and its surroundings. Military leaders of the time—and generations of scholars since—believed that the Hudson River Valley was America's geographic jugular, which, if cut, would quickly bleed the rebellion to death. In Revolution on the Hudson, prize-winning historian George C. Daughan makes the daring new argument that this strategy would never have worked, and that dogged pursuit of dominance over the Hudson ultimately cost Britain the war. This groundbreaking naval history offers a thrilling response to one of our most vexing historical questions: How could a fledgling nation have defeated the most powerful war machine of the era?

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The riveting untold story of the fight for the Hudson River Valley, the decisive campaign of the Revolutionary War.

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      • source: Noah Benjamin-Pollack;National Book Review
      • content: In this sharply drawn narrative, Daughan offers something truly valuable: a focus on the grand scale.
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      • source: Paula Uruburu;New York Times Book Review
      • content: [A]n exacting account of the personal and national cost of the rebellion on both sides.
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      • source: Evan Thomas, author of John Paul Jones and Being Nixon
      • content: In this fresh, vivid, and often surprising telling of the Revolutionary War, George Daughan explores the timeless theme of hubris and the critical role of geography in the making of American independence. A commanding, compelling performance by an inspired historian.
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      • source: Ian W. Toll, best-selling author of Six Frigates
      • content: George C. Daughan's narrative is by turns suspenseful, elegant, and moving. He entwines lucid analysis of politics and diplomacy with expertly rendered accounts of the military and naval campaigns.
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      • source: Mark Levine;Booklist
      • content: [An] enlightening combination of military and regional history.
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      • source: William Anthony Hay;Wall Street Journal
      • content: [Daughan] deftly highlights how naval power shaped even war on land.
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        May 1, 2016

        The Hudson River-Lake Champlain corridor was a historic invasion route between the American colonies and Canada. Daughan (The Shining Sea) maintains that British ambitions to control this strategic passage were a fantasy, and that their efforts to do so contributed directly to losing the Revolutionary War. Yet, the title is a bit misleading. This is actually a brief survey of the war, with some focus on (and a thesis centered on) New York City and the Hudson River Valley region. While entire chapters are devoted to events in the Southern theater, the account contains solid analyses of the conflict, with appropriate emphasis on naval operations. British war crimes are a recurring theme. Gen. William Howe and Adm. Richard Howe, along with their associates Joshua Loring Jr. and William Cunningham, are repeatedly cited as being directly responsible for the starvation and deaths of American captives on British prison ships. VERDICT Readers wishing for a brief, casual history of the American Revolution should find this worthwhile. The field, however, is packed with competition. More in-depth studies can be found in works by Benson Bobrick, John Ferling, David Hackett Fischer, and David McCullough.--Matthew Wayman, Pennsylvania State Univ. Lib., Schuylkill Haven

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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