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Topic: George Washington Voted Britain's Greatest Enemy
Bonaparte would be a strong contender, but Washington with his perserverance and the fact that, you know, he ultimately won --witha huge assist from the French--with huge consequences for the British Empire probably tips things his way.
Funny, one of my old college professors went on and on about how horrible Washington was. His military analysis was always a bit suspect, though. At my university, military history was always treated as an abused step child. I had a strong feeling that my liberal (all of em) professors hated that aspect of history. They felt more comfortable talking about any aspect of history dealing with any minority group from the perspective of social history. Not one course offered in my 4 years there had anything directly to do with military history.
Originally Posted By danlongman (28 APR 2012 9:39pm)
Sorry "For Want Of A Nail" Robert Sobel 1973
Last published by Greenhill books
There is a cool wiki entry
Looks interesting. I added it to my Amazon list. You might enjoy "Without Warning" by John Birmingham, a novel (first of three) which postulates what happens to the world after the U.S. and most of North America is taken out by an unexplained phenomena in 2003, leaving Seattle, Alaska and Hawaii intact along with most of the military (which is preparing to invade Iraq). An interesting read if you enjoy alternate history.
"When in danger, or in doubt.....run in circles, scream and shout!!!", author Herman Wouk.
Originally Posted By danlongman (28 APR 2012 9:35pm)
It may come as a surprise that there are some "Liberals"
or people who have harboured some "liberal" thoughts who have
a keen interest in history military or otherwise. Even have been soldiers.
Since when is "liberal" a catch-all insult for people who disagree with
"conservative" agendas ....and vice versa?
I think Washington is a good example being surpassed only by English cooks.
A world without the Good Old USA is pretty hard to imagine.......
I mean really!! Some kind of "Canadistan" extending all the way down to
Mexico?? And a semi-independent Native American nation in the middle?
There is a book, the author I cannot remember, entitled "For Want Of A Nail"
or "All For The Want Of A Nail" or something like that
about North Am after a failed revolution. It is fascinating reading
It doesn't surprise me that liberals might have an interest in military history. What I said was that all of my history profs (who happen to all be liberals) hated the subject. If you sensed some resentment in my post, it was because I recieved one-sided education. If you feel "liberal" is an insult, thats more your baggage than mine. Just because I recognize liberal beliefs doesn't mean I'm conservative or that I think liberals in general are wrong. I never really understood why "liberal" became an insult.