Join us for a lecture by noted historian and author Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy on “The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire.” Dr. O’Shaughnessy won both the 2014 George Washington Book Prize, which recognizes the year’s best books on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history, and the 2014 New York Historical Society’s annual American history book prize. He is the Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies and Professor of History at the University of Virginia.
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? Weaving together the personal stories of ten prominent men who directed the British dimension of the war, Dr. O’Shaughnessy makes a different argument, dispelling the incompetence myth and uncovering the real reasons that rebellious colonials were able to achieve their surprising victory.
Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy is Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, as well as a Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He and The Men Who Lost America are the proud recipients of several prestigious academic book awards including the 2014 New York Historical Society American History Book Prize and the George Washington Book Prize, which recognizes the year’s best books on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history.
This program is scheduled for Tuesday, October 28th, at 7:00 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Library’s community room. To reserve a seat for this free program, contact RELIC at (703) 792-4540 or at email@example.com.
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For further information, visit Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, VA, or call (703) 792-4500 or (703) 792-4524 (TTY).