Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution (Pivotal Moments in American History)

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Braddock's Defeat by David Preston is a "classic work by one of the most gifted young historians working today," according to series editor David Hackett Fischer.
Finalist, 2016 George Washington Book Prize
Winner, 2015 Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History
Winner, 2016 Distinguished Book Award in U.S. History, Society for Military History
Winner, 2016 PROSE Award for U.S. History Category, Association of American Publishers
Winner, 2016 Distinguished Book Award, Society for Colonial WarsWinner, 2016 Judge Robert Woltz History Award, French & Indian War Foundation 

On July 9, 1755, British regulars and American colonial troops under the command of General Edward Braddock, commander in chief of the British Army in North America, were attacked by French and Native American forces shortly after crossing the Monongahela River and while making their way to besiege Fort Duquesne in the Ohio Valley, a few miles from what is now Pittsburgh. The long line of red-coated troops struggled to maintain cohesion and discipline as Indian warriors quickly outflanked them and used the dense cover of the woods to masterful and lethal effect. Within hours, a powerful British army was routed, its commander mortally wounded, and two-thirds of its forces casualties in one the worst disasters in military history.

David Preston's gripping and immersive account of Braddock's Defeat, also known as the Battle of the Monongahela, is the most authoritative ever written. Using untapped sources and collections, Preston offers a reinterpretation of Braddock's Expedition in 1754 and 1755, one that does full justice to its remarkable achievements. Braddock had rapidly advanced his army to the cusp of victory, overcoming uncooperative colonial governments and seemingly insurmountable logistical challenges, while managing to carve a road through the formidable Appalachian Mountains. That road would play a major role in America's expansion westward in the years ahead and stand as one of the expedition's most significant legacies.

The causes of Braddock's Defeat are debated to this day. Preston's work challenges the stale portrait of an arrogant European officer who refused to adapt to military and political conditions in the New World and the first to show fully how the French and Indian coalition achieved victory through effective diplomacy, tactics, and leadership. New documents reveal that the French Canadian commander, a seasoned veteran named Captain Beaujeu, planned the attack on the British column with great skill, and that his Native allies were more disciplined than the British regulars on the field.

Braddock's Defeat establishes beyond question its profoundly pivotal nature for Indian, French Canadian, and British peoples in the eighteenth century. The disaster altered the balance of power in America, and escalated the fighting into a global conflict known as the Seven Years' War. Those who were there, including George Washington, Thomas Gage, Horatio Gates, Charles Lee, and Daniel Morgan, never forgot its lessons, and brought them to bear when they fought again-whether as enemies or allies-two decades hence. The campaign had awakened many British Americans to their provincial status in the empire, spawning ideas of American identity and anticipating the social and political divisions that would erupt in the American Revolution.

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About the Author:


David L. Preston is the Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies at the Citadel. He is the author of The Texture of Contact: European and Indian Settler Communities on the Frontiers of Iroquoia, 1667-1783, which won the 2010 Albert B. Corey Prize, a biennial award for best book on American-Canadian relations, from the American Historical Association and Canadian Historical Association.

Review:

"This ill-fated campaign has attracted the attention of many fine historians, yet none of them has explored it so thoughtfully and compellingly as David Preston." -- Stephen Brumwell, The Wall Street Journal

"Historian David Preston has written the definitive book on the Battle of the Monongahela. 'Braddock’s Defeat'...is comprehensive, fast-paced and authoritative." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"David Preston has offered what will probably be the final word on one of the most important battles in North American history.  This engaging, thorough book debunks timeworn myths about Edward Braddock and his soldiers while affording their French and American Indian foes long overdue attention and credit for what was their victory more than 'Braddock's Defeat.'  A vital contribution and singular scholarly achievement." --John W. Hall, Ambrose-Hesseltine Chair in U.S. Military History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"This compelling and meticulous book revisits the opening shots of a war that would not end until the French defeat at Waterloo, and a war that also planted seeds of American revolution. Braddock's Defeat is an invaluable addition to any library of military history." --Bernard Cornwell, author of Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles

"Professor Preston handles this complex tale, involving tactics, strategy, logistics, personalities, diplomacy and the differing cultures of the British, French, Indians, and the increasingly self-aware American colonials, with masterly skill.  The result is the best book ever written on this singularly important colonial battle."  --John Steele Gordon

"A vivid, sweeping account of a battle with singular impact on American history. The brilliant scholarship behind Braddock's Defeat is exceeded only by David L. Preston's storytelling verve." --Rick Atkinson, author of THE LIBERATION TRILOGY

"Preston has investigated this important, though somewhat obscure, event in American history and penned an absorbing account rich in details, logical in its conclusions and written with great narrative drive. This is definitely in the "Good Read" category." —The Post and Courier

"With impressive research, new evidence, and close attention to terrain as well as to tactics, David Preston dismantles old stereotypes and provides a fuller understanding of the British, French, and Indian participants in the conflict. A compelling account that will surely become the definitive study of this pivotal battle."-Colin G. Calloway, John Kimball, Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College, and author of The Victory with No Name

"Preston sought to write a definitive history of the seminal 1755 battle of the Monongahela and he succeeded." --Western Pennsylvania History

Braddock’s Defeat is unsurprisingly reminiscent of series editor David Hackett Fischer’s Pulitzer Prize– winning Washington’s Crossing in style and scope.  By uncovering new archival materials, performing geographic analysis (complete with the author personally visiting and photographing the sites), and relying on the judgments of the battle’s veterans, Preston has rehabilitated Braddock. Concluding with old friends and comrades Washington and Gage facing each other in Boston in 1775, it has also proven the battle’s influence on the Revolution.  Overall, this career-defining book is essential reading for the study of the French and Indian War and the Revolution. --Craig Bruce Smith, Journal of Military History

Far more comprehensive and detailed than any previous work on the 1755 campaign against Fort Duquesne, Braddock’s Defeat will remain the definitive text on the Battle of the Monongahela for decades to come.
--Matthew J. Wayman, Journal of Military History

"This is a fascinating book which provides the reader with a complete picture of the battle and challenges some long-held assumptions with insight and analysis." --Military Heritage

"David Preston's excellent new book presents a fresh look at Edward Braddock."  --Patrick J. Walsh, The Weekly Standard

"Braddock’s Defeat" is a wonderful work, filled with the detail that comes not only from libraries, archives, letters, memoirs, and manuscripts, but Preston’s walking the paths that led Edward Braddock to his doom.  --On Point: The Journal of Army History

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