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The Road to Charleston: Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution Hardcover – 26 Mar 2019

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  • Hardcover: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Virginia Pr (26 March 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813942241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813942247
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.6 x 23.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 739 g
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"Outstanding--easily the best in the literature on the subject. Buchanan argues persuasively that human agency is as vital a factor in war as chance, and that Greene's decisions, both good and bad, were critical in the eventual American success in the southern theater. His book is military history at its best."

--Mark Edward Lender, Kean University, coauthor of Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle

Written in the same lively, engaging style as his prior "Road to" books on the American Revolution, Jack Buchanan's The Road to Charleston will likewise become essential reading for anyone interested in the Revolution's Southern Campaign. The author does not shy from taking an opinionated stand (always well supported) on controversial or long disputed issues, such as the Waxhaws massacre, the Siege of Ninety Six, and--in a particularly masterful chapter--the Battle of Eutaw Springs, the most important of Nathanael Greene's South Carolina engagements. What emerges is a vivid portrait of Greene--"a great and good man" who, through genius and persistence, drove the British from Charleston.

--John Oller, author of The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution and American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague--Civil War "Belle of the North" and Gilded Age Woman of Scandal

The Road to Charleston stands as an imposing sequel to Buchanan's classic earlier works on the American Revolutionary War. This authoritative and engaging volume represents a magisterial study. Must read history at its very best.

--James Kirby Martin, University of Houston, author of Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered

Using primary sources along with historian analysis, Buchanan presents a lively chronicle of the arduous fight of the Americans to reclaim Georgia and the Carolinas.... With a colorful cast of characters...[t]his engaging read for military and American history enthusiasts provides an in-depth review and argument for the criticality of Greene's contribution to American Independence.

--Library Journal

About the Author

John Buchanan, former chief registrar of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the author of The Road to Valley Forge: How Washington Built the Army that Won the Revolution and The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas.

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5.0 out of 5 starsOutstanding, Essential Work on the Rev War's Southern Campaign
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5.0 out of 5 starsAn excellent sequel and worthy partner to Buchanan’s first book
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