American History Book Club

The American History Book Club will discuss Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution by David Preston (Oxford University Press, $17.95). On July 9, 1755, British regulars and American colonial troops under the command of General Edward Braddock were attacked by French and Native American forces shortly after crossing the Monongahela River. The long line of red-coated troops struggled to maintain cohesion and discipline as Indian warriors quickly outflanked them and used the dense cover of the woods to masterful and lethal effect. Within hours, a powerful British army was routed, its commander mortally wounded, and two-thirds of its forces casualties in one the worst disasters in military history. The causes of Braddock's Defeat are debated to this day. Preston's work challenges the portrait of an arrogant European officer who refused to adapt to military and political conditions in the New World and the first to show fully how the French and Indian coalition achieved victory through effective diplomacy, tactics, and leadership.

Event date: 
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00am
Event address: 
The Bookworm
Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution (Pivotal Moments in American History) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780190658519
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 1st, 2017