The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire
Friday, January 4th | 4:30pm
Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy Historian and Author
Andrew J. O’Shaughnessy is an academic historian, Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in Virginia, the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, and Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His recent book, The Men Who Lost America, is a unique account of the American Revolution told from the perspective of the leaders who conducted the British war effort. 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.