Review written by Thomas McClung. O'Donnell will take you as close as possible to walking in the shoes, or in many cases walking barefoot, with these often forgotten but immortal heroes. Details from the British and American sides were displayed by O'Donnell while using the Marylanders as a constant to focus in on individuals struggling from the first to serve the agenda of the Americas. To see what your friends thought of this book, Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution. Fighting in both North and South, these “Immortals” proved to be Gen. George Washington’s most trusted force. Black and white contemporary engravings are also included along with an index. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The rare ability of O'Donnell to reach back through the centuries and connect the reader with these heroes in a meaningful way stems from O'Donnell's passion and diligent research. Yet, the accounts of the battles of the Revolution still do not attract much attention, nor do the true stories of sacrifice by patriots in the conflict. Just when I began to tune out because of what I consider to be excessive tactic details, the author drew me back in with diary quotes from soldiers who were there and inserted humanity onto the battlefield. Excellent read. That book gave an intimate look at the General that would hold together and inspire an army and a nation through independence while this book showed the devil in the details from beginning to end. One learns quickly the ravages of war coupled with the savage discipline for treasonous deserters and betrayers of their respective causes. I have now had had the opportunity to read Washingtons Immortals twice and I have to say that it is an amazing and intimate portrayal of a story that I thought I knew very well. However, this excellent account of one of Washington's elite regiments from the Revolutionary War kept me completely engaged. by Atlantic Monthly Press. Their reputation was well-deserved and, in the Afterword, the author urges an effort be made to recover the remains of the 256 killed at Brooklyn so their sacrifices can be duly and appropriately recognized. WASHINGTON'S IMMORTALS is a must-read book, and the audible version is a wonderful way to experience this amazing book while driving. He knows that what he is telling you is important but he is never self important in his delivery. Many of the illustrations are in color, another highlight, and show, among other things, several of the individuals, primarily generals and other officers, referenced in the text. Get 50% off this audiobook at the AudiobooksNow online audio book store and download or stream it right to your computer, smartphone or tablet. As Mr. O'Donnell characteristically does in his books he puts the reader right onto the battlefield; alongside the soldiers as the fight is taking place. Thoroughly enjoyed it. O'Donnell does a great job telling what happened while making it personal with regards to how it happened to and how they experienced it. We’d love your help. I anxiously awaited the release of this book having watched it being teased for quite some time. Most of the book was simply about the battles, and I have read about those in many other places. I have a new appreciation for the men who gave everything so that we could live free. A very detailed, exhaustively researched book about the Marylanders regiment in the American Revolution. The unit was primarily led at different times by William Smallwood and Mordecai Gist (pronounced with a hard G; and father to two unusually named sons, Independence and States Rights, the latter of whom was a Confederate general in the Civil War) and eventually morphed into separate formations commanded by each. Download or stream Washingtons Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution by Patrick K. ODonnell. March 1st 2016 Turning the tide of the war for the Continental Army, this Maryland bunch of has been ignobly interred and remembered at a gravesite yet to be discovered despite their documented heroics. The brilliant research reveals a soldier’s point of view I have never encountered in previous books and he brings the reader right alongside them during this pivotal point in history. ThriftBooks sells millions of used books at the lowest everyday prices. Stuart McClung holds a Master of Arts in Military History and has written reviews for the Journal of America's Military Past and Humanities and Social Sciences Online. The narrative does not become oversaturated with details that belabor one event or person. He has weaved together a story that shines a light on several key figures bringing them to life; again many who’s story had never been told. I feel like I need a more general knowledge of the American Revolution to fully appreciate this book. He also regularly contributes to several national publications and shows. Most of the book was simply about the battles, and I have read about those in many other places. Americans know - or used to know - the basic political truths of the American Revolution, and the declaration of unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness still is the most revolutionary political statement of modern history. Just as in other conflicts, there remains a multitude of human interest stories to tell which have not been told and deserve to be or are otherwise obscure or unknown. Washingtons Immortals is a fast read that reveals the origin of a light infantry regiment from Baltimore (Maryland) that was founded by wealthy merchants to fight in the American Revolution. Book review: Washington’s Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution by Patrick K. O’Donnell (Atlantic Monthly… With Washington's Immortals, O'Donnell establishes himself as a pure military historian who can explore and present the personal and professional experiences of soldiers who have fought in any period. As a handy companion in paperback to O'Donnell's superb book, I recommend, Drawn from numerous original sources, acclaimed military historian Patrick ODonnell conveys the broader story of the Revolutionary War through the exploits of the Maryland Immortal 400. This book was a great follow up the 1776 that introduced the war and Washington so key a figure. Although there is no bibliography, the notes show primary sources were consulted from the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and archives, manuscripts, and repositories of many state and local historical societies. Although there weren’t any “special forces” units during the Revolutionary War, the author picked a little-known Maryland Regiment to show an evolution in tactics and leadership that still resonates with military professionals to this day. He is a recognized long-time living historian and interpreter at Gettysburg National Military Park and various state and local venues. Welcome back. Fittingly, the author concludes the book arguing that, “Washington’s Immortals were true citizen soldiers — a group of men of family, fortune and honor who followed the same path throughout the Revolution. Spanning the entire Revolutionary War, this original and breakthrough book is a band of brothers, boots on the ground, intimate look at the American Revolution, an elusive feat for other authors who have attempted to write about this topic in the past. Read 146 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Just when I began to tune out because of what I consider to be excessive tactic details, the author drew me back in with diary quotes from soldiers who were there and inserted humanity onto the battlefield. Although I had previously read quite a bit about the American Revolution, I learned a lot of details from this book about people and battles I knew little or nothing about. Unfortunately for me, I seem to have exhausted all the space in my brain for most American Revolution-related material, which makes my rating purely a case of "It's not you, book, it's totally me". A lover of this time period and the military engagements that took place; I had only tapped the surface of the Maryland Regiment until I read this book. Start by marking “Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution” as Want to Read: Error rating book. The following is from Patrick K. O’Donnell’s Washington's Immortals.Patrick K. O'Donnell is a bestselling military historian and the critically acclaimed author of ten books, including Beyond Valor, Dog Company, and First SEALs.He has provided historical consulting for DreamWorks' award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers. It is always exciting to read a book that is exhaustively researched and well-written. [BUY NOW ON AMAZON]The author uses the words of the actual participants to craft a powerful narrative of the American Revolution focusing on the contributions and sacrifices of the units from the State of Maryland. In August 1776, little over a month after the Continental Congress had formally declared independence from Britain, the revolution was on the verge of a sudden and disastrous end. This “elite” regiment also forms the backdrop for a fascinating and comprehensive history of the Revolutionary War. Most historians do one or the other well, but not both. But thanks to a series of desperate rear guard attacks by. Because of the presence of Washington through the course of the war, most histories tend to concentrate on battles in which he was involved even when, later in the war, most of the action was taking place in the southern states and far away from Washington's direct control. I realized when reading the book is that there seems to be little focus on the actual battles during that war as there have been for the Civil War--specifically the details of the battles. Although the overall chronology of the war is followed by author and historian Patrick K. O’Donnell in his latest book, the story on which he has chosen to focus is the origin, evolution, and exploits of the so-called Maryland Line. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published This book stands tall for its purpose which is to relate how the Maryland Immortals exercised great bravery and made selfless sacrifices to save Washingtons army. In Washington's Immortals, best-selling military historian Patrick K. O'Donnell brings to life the forgotten story of this remarkable band of brothers. O’Donnell has done well to rescue these patriots from being forgotten. I actually told my husband he would have to wait because I had to get through the battle of Trenton first. From the raid at Stony Point, New York, the battles of Brandywine and Germantown in Pennsylvania to Trenton, Princeton, and Monmouth in New Jersey, these intrepid Continentals were always in the forefront. The walking alone through. Although there werent any special forces units during the Revolutionary War, the author picked a little-known Maryland Regiment to show an evolution in tactics and leadership that still resonates with military professionals to this day. He explains from the opening pages that upon viewing a monument dedicated to these modern day, Little is often disclosed or memorialized on the brave soldiers fighting under the guise of more popular generals and officers in the global war effort, but historian Patrick K. O’Donnell challenges this assumption by describing the efforts of a valiant grouping of Marylanders during the Revolutionary War. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. This is a very detailed account of Revolutionary War military campaigns in which the Maryland Immortals took part. The history of the American Revolution has been told many times in many places. This appears to have been very hastily edited and hurriedly published as if somebody missed a deadline or two. I only know that I felt a burning need to look at this from another perspective, and I found that in this book. When the war was over, they hung up their muskets and uniforms and began the hard work of building a … Each colony’s military manpower contribution was its own “line.” In this case, Maryland’s was its initial response to the British Crown’s perceived “intolerable” acts against the colonies in 1774–1775. Buy Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution Unabridged by O'Donnell, Patrick K, Hughes, William (ISBN: 9781504685672) from Amazon's Book Store. History is more than just facts. The Maryland regiment led by Mordecai Gist and other Maryland heroes: John Eager Howard, Bob Kirkwood, Smallwood and their contributions to the Revolutionary War. But, in particular, I would recommend it to Marylanders; the immortals. The military training of the Marylanders although not a system perfected, may have been the deciding factor of important wins for the Americans. I would recommend this book to everyone. Atlantic Monthly Press, $28, 463 pages He has provided historical consulting for DreamWorks’ award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers and for scores of documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, and Discovery and is the recipient of several national awards. Washington’s Immortals The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution by Patrick K. O’Donnell From a bestselling military historian, the story of the Revolutionary War told through a band of brothers whose actions at key battles from Brooklyn to Yorktown changed the course of history. However, the book does not focus on them, but rather gives them significant space within the larger context. This book skillfully uses facts, quotes, and statistics to drive the story forward. An endorser styled this volume as the tale of a Revolutionary “Band of Brothers.” Whether or not it comes across as such to other readers, it certainly provides an in-depth and personal look at what could arguably have been the human crux in the struggle for our independence. Sometimes failing, sometimes, running, many times succeeding, through struggles that would take out most of todays softened patriots. One learns quickly the ravages of war coupled with the savage discipline for treasonous deserters. It is always exciting. As the war progressed, in victory and defeat, the Marylanders, with the attached Delaware Regiment, became the shock troops of the army. General George Washington found his troops outmanned and outmaneuvered at the Battle of Brooklyn, and it looked like there was no escape. I anxiously awaited the release of this book having watched it being teased for quite some time. When authors/teachers/historians begin sharing details about battle tactics, flanks and inverse V formations, my eyes tend to glaze over. Writing in the Washington Times, Joseph C. Goulden reviews bestselling military historian Patrick K. O’Donnell’s latest book, Washington’s Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. We deliver the joy of reading in 100% recyclable packaging with free standard shipping on US orders over $10. “Washington’s Immortals” is a fast read that reveals the origin of a light infantry regiment from Baltimore (Maryland) that was founded by wealthy merchants to fight in the American Revolution. From the introduction to the Sources section at the end of the book: Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley. I never felt a real connection to the group of "Immortals" from Maryland that the book followed throughout the War. It tells the tales of most of the major engagements of the Revolution thru the eyes of these soldiers. When authors/teachers/historians begin sharing details about battle tactics, flanks and inverse V formations, my eyes tend to glaze over. I am not a "war book" reader. But thanks to a series of desperate rear guard attacks by a single heroic regiment, famously known as the “Immortal 400,” Washington was able to evacuate his men and the nascent Continental Army lived to fight another day. At its organization, Baltimore’s social elite gathered and, paraphrasing the later wording of the Declaration of Independence, pledged their “lives, liberties and properties” to establish what became known as Smallwood’s Battalion. I’ve been hearing for weeks about founding fathers of the nation who were basically despicable old white men whose flaws far outweighed their value. One will be blown away by what these men endured, for so long, with victory never assured. With the war stalemated in the North, they were then dispatched to South Carolina to oppose the British strategy there of gaining the Southern colonies, in collaboration with Indians and Loyalists, and splitting them from the rest of the country. Washington’s Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution by Patrick K. O’Donnell – Book Review. Mordecai Gist played a vital role in financing the “Maryland Line,” as it was known. Patrick O'Donnell starts his story with a near-forgotten marker in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Americans know - or used to know - the basic political truths of the American Revolution, and the declaration of unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness still is the most revolutionary political statement of modern history. Awaited the release of this, but I was bored and confused and betrayers of their respective causes the. 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