- Hardcover: 376 pages
- Publisher: Westholme Publishing; 1 edition (1 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594163154
- ISBN-13: 978-1594163159
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 680 g
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"This long-overdue reappraisal of the dramatic life of one of America's finest military leaders places Daniel Morgan squarely in the context of his times. Rugged and defiant, Morgan was also a clever and innovative officer whose influence on the American military ethos reaches right down to today. Best of all, Zambone's book is quite an enjoyable read!"--Edward G. Lengel, author of General George Washington: A Military Life
"Daniel Morgan has been overdue for a new biography, and Zambone has given us a tour-de-force. His volume is exhaustively researched, elegantly written, and deeply revealing--by far the best biography we have of this fascinating yet enigmatic member of the founding generation. A wonderful book."
--Mark Edward Lender, coauthor of Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle
"Albert Louis Zambone's evocative and engaging book immerses readers in the fascinating life and tumultuous times of Daniel Morgan. The biography follows Morgan as he fought his way up: he was a nobody from nowhere who became a celebrated military tactician and war hero. Zambone restores Morgan to a place of prominence in the story of American independence. Through his exploration of Morgan's life, Zambone also illuminates the interplay between the Revolutionary War and the larger American Revolution, which transformed Morgan's life and the society he inhabited. Daniel Morgan is important and crisply written and not to be missed by readers interested in the origins of the American Republic."--Lorri Glover, Saint Louis University, author of The Fate of the Revolution: Virginians Debate the Constitution (Johns Hopkins, 2016) and Founders as Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of the American Revolutionaries (Yale, 2014)
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One of my undergraduate history professors used to say, "History isn't boring; but most historians are." Boring does NOT apply to this book. The essence of history is, perhaps, "story", and Daniel Morgan comes to life in these pages. HIs life, his times, his place socially and geographically are all brought to light. The reader comes to know Daniel Morgan as a full person, his strenghts and weaknesses, his greatness and shortcomings. Morgan came of age and played key roles in the founding and growth of our nation; Dr. Zambone does an excellent job of intertwining the stories of Morgan and the U.S. He also provides a superb description of Morgan's contribution to military art (rifles, light infantry, and partisan warfare). And if those lessons have been relearned severaral times since, does not detract from Morgan's accomplishment.
All told, a well-written, well-researched book. HIghly recommended for those interested in the American frontier, War for Independance, and American military though.
This is one of the few biographies of Morgan, who is one of the most interesting military leaders of the Revolutionary War. This is probably the best Morgan biography extent, but it still left me unsatisfied.
Zambone provided very little information on Morgan’s service in the French and Indian War or Lord Dunmore’s War. Except for the Expedition to Quebec, the Saratoga Campaign and the Battle of Cowpens, the rest of Morgan’s actions durin g the revolution are covered at the 10,000-foot level.
Since I have read every book on Saratoga written in the last 40 years, and I’ve read a few excellent books on Cowpens, I didn’t get much out of this book that was new in those. Regards.
Zambone did better with Morgan’s later life, and ,since I didn’t know much about that, I welcomed it.
I’m not sorry that I read the book…but I am sorry that I had to pay to read it. I don’t think I got my money’s worth.
Key though was my poor knowledge of what happened at the Battle of Charleston and how key Dan Morgan was in coming out of retirement after that and leading us against the British at Cowpens and the road to Yorktown though he was in constant pain and physical ailment. This book helped be much better understand how lucky we were to eventually win our Freedom!
A must read for any American researcher of the period!
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