Book Review

Key to the Northern Country:  The Hudson River Valley in the American Revolution

Edited by James M. Johnson, Christopher Pryslopski and Andrew Villani.  Albany:  State University of New York, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4384-4814-5.-695-2.  Illustrations. Maps.  Notes.  Bibliography.  Index. Pp. vii, 307.  $24.95. The North River Valley, as it was known at the time of America’s War for Independence, was prized by the British Army and the American revolutionaries for …

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Every Army Man is with You:  The Cadets Who Won the 1964 Army-Navy Game, Fought in Vietnam, and Came Home Forever Changed

By Nicolaus Mills.  New York:  Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.  ISBN 978-1-4422-3985-2.  Photographs.  Appendixes.  Notes.  Bibliography.  Index.  Pp. ix, 240.  $37.00. For Army football fans the last several decades have been difficult, to say the least.  Supporters of the Cadets who grew up watching the classic rivalry Army-Navy game on a black and white TV with …

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Vietnam’s Second Front: Domestic Politics, The Republican Party, and the War

By Andrew L. Johns.  Lexington:  The University Press of Kentucky, 2010.  ISBN 978-0-8131-2572-5.  Appendix.  Notes.  Bibliography.  Index.  Pp. vii, 339.  $40.00. Vietnam’s Second Front is a cogent examination of the Republican Party’s roiling contribution to the tragic progression of the Vietnam War.  This well-written book focuses specifically on how domestic political considerations shaped foreign policy …

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Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London

Review By: Gary Sellick Benedict Arnold is one of the most controversial figures in American history, and one of the most written about figures of the Revolutionary War.  In Homegrown Terror, Eric D. Lehman examines one of the lesser-known acts of Arnold’s apparent treachery, the burning of New London, Connecticut, in September 1781.  Lehman, a literature …

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Braddock’s Defeat

Review by: John Grady, Fairfax, VA David Preston’s Braddock’s Defeat is not  only a blow-by-blow battle account but a long overdue re-examination of the forces that eventually drove France from North America and gave colonial Americans confidence in their own abilities to eventually take up arms against Great Britain.  The French and Indian War, as …

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Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of General Charles Lee

Review by: Gregory J.W. Urwin, Temple University Next to Benedict Arnold, no other Continental Army general has attracted greater censure than Charles Lee.  Not only did he criticize George Washington and connive to supplant him, but some historians argue that he attempted to betray the infant United States.  In this brilliant new biography, Philip Papas …

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