Book cover of The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire by Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessyby Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy

The loss of America was a stunning and unexpected defeat for the powerful British Empire. Common wisdom has held that incompetent military commanders and political leaders in Britain must have been to blame, but were they? This intriguing book makes a different argument. Weaving together the personal stories of ten prominent men who directed the British dimension of the war, historian Andrew O’Shaughnessy dispels the incompetence myth and uncovers the real reasons that rebellious colonials were able to achieve their surprising victory.

In interlinked biographical chapters, the author follows the course of the war from the perspectives of King George III, Prime Minister Lord North, military leaders including General Burgoyne, the Earl of Sandwich, and others who, for the most part, led ably and even brilliantly.

Interview with the Author

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137. Seeing the British Side of the American Revolution with Andrew O’Shaughnessy
12/19/19       51 min


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065 How the British Lost the American Revolution
4/26/18          41 min


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122 Andrew O’Shaughnessy, The Men Who Lost America
2/21/17         48 min


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The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire
5/28/14            63 min

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