The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington Lib/E Audio CD – CD, 26 June 2018
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- Publisher : Hanover Square Press; Unabridged edition (26 June 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1538517043
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538517048
- Dimensions : 17.02 x 3.05 x 16.26 cm
- Customer Reviews:
A fascinating tale that combines spy thriller elements, political skulduggery, and courtroom drama. This Washington is an intriguing characterization, allowing Rosenberg to explore the importance of force of personality in leadership and victory.-- "Booklist"
Fresh, fun fiction that weaves some intriguing historical themes of what might have happened.-- "Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author"
Rosenberg interweaves legal and political nuances with a suspenseful plot, juxtaposing well-drawn historical figures with appealing inventions, resulting in a thoughtful novel.-- "Publishers Weekly"
There is enough derring-do here for those seeking an exciting read, and plenty of legal and political maneuvering to satisfy thrill seekers from the legal suspense genre.-- "Library Journal"
Well-told...sure to please lovers of American history.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Wonderful! From the very first page a thrilling, beautifully imagined 'what if ' story-I read it straight through at a gallop!-- "Max Byrd, author of Jefferson"
About the Author
Charles Rosenberg is the author of the legal thriller Death on a High Floor and its sequels. The credited legal consultant to the TV shows L.A. Law, Boston Legal, The Practice, and The Paper Chase; he was also one of two on-air legal analysts for E! Television's coverage of the O. J. Simpson criminal and civil trials. He teaches as an adjunct law professor at Loyola Law School and has also taught at UCLA, Pepperdine, and Southwestern law schools. He practices law in the Los Angeles area, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Antioch College, where he majored in history.
Alex Wyndham, an Oxford University and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduate, is a narrator and voice talent who can be heard on Apple TV campaigns and Discovery Channel documentaries. He also has a successful screen career and has starred in several BBC and HBO shows, including the Emmy-winning Little Dorrit and Rome, and in films including Kenneth Branagh's As You Like It.
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A secret British operation to kidnap General Washington
In Charles Rosenberg’s alternate history, British Prime Minister Lord North secretly sends Col. Jeremiah Black across the Atlantic with orders to capture George Washington and bring him back to London. There the British will put him on trial for sedition. It’s late fall 1780, and the war is going badly for Britain. The Treasury is not yet bare but is quickly heading in that direction, drained by the twin demands of war with the French and the American debacle. Black’s orders are precise and suspiciously difficult to execute, but the veteran soldier is a resourceful man.
With the active help of a network of Loyalists in New Jersey, he succeeds. Not only does he manage to spirit the American Commander-in-Chief away from his headquarters but to carry him back across the ocean, too. This, despite Washington’ several clever escape attempts.
An opportunity to negotiate an end to the American Revolution
Meanwhile, the Continental Congress quickly follows up Washington’s abduction by dispatching a war hero and well-regarded Philadelphia lawyer named Ethan Abbott to London to negotiate for the General’s release. What follows is a detailed account of Abbott’s efforts to secure an end to the war and return Washington home to America. Conditions seem highly favorable for an agreement, since both sides are hurting badly. But it soon becomes clear in the ensuing negotiations with Lord North that the two objectives are mutually exclusive. And it turns out that Washington has plans of his own. It looks as though all the drama will come to a head in the ensuing courtroom drama.
We never learn if Washington is truly the “indispensable man”
In 1974, an eminent American historian named James Thomas Flexner published the four volumes of what many consider the definitive biography of our first President. The concluding book in Washington: The Indispensable Man won the National Book Award and garnered a special Pulitzer citation. As the title implies, Flexner considered General Washington to be the linchpin of the American Revolution and the country’s early government. And that seems to be a reasonable conclusion to draw from history. Too bad Rosenberg didn’t examine the consequences for the new nation in Trial and Execution.
I enjoy both historical fiction and alternate history, when well constructed and researched. This book meets those requirements, as far as I can know without doing my own research. The only historical character in the book about which I know something (though not a great deal) is George Washington, whose portrayal in this book fits what I know about him.
The characters are three-dimensional, and the plot moves nicely along (not at a breathless pace, but it worked for me). I particularly enjoyed the view into an 18th century British courtroom.