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42flanker06 Oct 2021 1:30 p.m. PST

George III: The Life and Reign of Britain's Most Misunderstood Monarch:
Andrew Roberts (author)
Hardback 800 Pages / Published: 07/10/2021
link

"Roberts' magisterial, revisionist biography of the controversial George III debunks much of the popular discourse about the monarch's incompetence and the nature of his mental state, painting a persuasive portrait of a shrewd and courageous leader."

IN Robert's "detailed, revisionist [that's twice] account of the American Revolutionary War" readers of these boards will be enlightened to read of the colonists' underestimated fighting capacity armed as they were with "an assortment of long barrelled hunting muskets with which they were highly adept" not least because "half of the military age militia men were veterans of the Seven Years War."

Also currently being read in abridged form on BBC Radio 4.

Au pas de Charge06 Oct 2021 3:19 p.m. PST

Ah, one of my favorite authors. Thanks for the announcement. It'll be good to see someone like Roberts make a case in favor of George III.

Bill N07 Oct 2021 8:04 a.m. PST

I can't tell who wrote the Amazon review, and I don't know how closely it reflects what Roberts wrote. It misses the mark though. American's don't need to "look back on their last king with greater understanding: to see him as he was and to come to terms with the last time they were ruled by a monarch". What Americans could benefit from is an understanding that there was more to George III than just how the actions of his governments affected the North American colonies.

John the OFM07 Oct 2021 11:26 a.m. PST

Even the most sympathetic book I ever read about him said that he was in over his head, not all that smart, unprepared for the job, and surrounded by sycophants.
Other than that… A typical king. Yes. That's how he was.

42flanker08 Oct 2021 12:08 a.m. PST

John, I'd say you are bang centre of the demographic for Professor Robert's biography.

John the OFM08 Oct 2021 10:05 p.m. PST

Prince Charles identifies with George III.
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Good luck, England.

Old Contemptible09 Oct 2021 12:59 a.m. PST

As far as the Revolution is concern, he was out of his league and didn't know it. "A man's has gotta know his limitations." Instead of appointing an over all commander in North America, he fancied himself to be that person. The result was command by committee.

Au pas de Charge09 Oct 2021 2:36 a.m. PST

Instead of appointing an over all commander in North America, he fancied himself to be that person.

George III was a wargamer!?

42flanker09 Oct 2021 6:08 a.m. PST

Althoug he King wsclearly inflexible over the tatus of the colonie, militarily tand generalshe problem was his ministers. The King didn't create the 1777 cluster-fluster. And I believe there was a C-in-C, from 1778 anyway. The problem was it was Amherst who reccommended the filleting of the land forces in the 13 colonies in favour of a maritime policy.

42flanker09 Oct 2021 2:22 p.m. PST

Houston, I think I may have a problem with my key board.

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