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The last king of America, the misunderstood reign of George III, Andrew Roberts - hardcover

"The last king of America, George III, has been ridiculed as a complete disaster who frittered away the colonies and went mad in his old age. The truth is much more nuanced and fascinating--and will completely change the way readers and historians view his reign and legacy. Most Americans dismiss George III as a buffoon--a heartless and terrible monarch with few, if any, redeeming qualities. The best-known modern interpretation of him is Jonathan Groff's preening, spitting, and pompous take in Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway masterpiece. But this deeply unflattering characterization is rooted in the prejudiced and brilliantly persuasive opinions of eighteenth-century revolutionaries like Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, who needed to make the king appear evil in order to achieve their own political aims. After combing through hundreds of thousands of pages of never-before-published correspondence, award-winning historian Andrew Roberts has uncovered the truth: George III was in fact a wise, humane, and even enlightened monarch who was beset by talented enemies, debilitating mental illness, incompetent ministers, and disastrous luck. In The Last King of America, Roberts paints a deft and nuanced portrait of the much-maligned monarch and outlines his accomplishments, which have been almost universally forgotten. Two hundred and forty-five years after the end of George III's American rule, it is time for Americans 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."--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Prince of Wales: June 1738- May 1756 -- Seizing an Empire: May 1756- October 1760 -- 'I Glory in the Name of Briton': October 1760- January 1762 -- Victory: January 1762- February 1763 -- The Problems of Peace: February- October 1763 -- Sugar, Stamps and Silk: November 1763- May 1765 -- Rockingham Repeals the Stamp Act: -- May 1765- December 1766 -- 'The Apple of Discord': January 1767- June 1769 -- 'That Factious and Disobedient Temper': -- June 1769-April 1772 -- The Boston Tea Party: June 1772- July 1774 -- 'Blows Must Decide': August 1774- April 1775 -- 'The Battle of the Legislature': April- November 1775 -- The Declaration of Independence: November 1775- July 1776 -- The Road to Saratoga: July 1776- December 1777 -- Global War: December 1777- June 1778 -- 'If Others Will Not be Active, I Must Drive': -- June 1778- March 1780 -- Disaster at Yorktown: March 1780- October 1781 -- 'The Torrent is Too Strong': October 1781- July 1782 -- 'America is Lost!': July 1782- July 1783 -- 'On the Edge of a Precipice': August 1783- May 1784 -- Alliance with Pitt: May 1784- October 1788 -- The King's Malady: October 1788- February 1789 -- Recovery, Revolution and War: February 1789- May 1794 -- The Whale and the Wolf: May 1794- December 1798 -- 'The Corsican Tyrant': January 1799- February 1801 -- 'A Fearful Experiment': February 1801- September 1804 -- Tory Spring: October 1804- October 1809 -- King Lear Redux: October 1809- January 1820 -- Conclusion: The Nobility of George III
Literary Form
non fiction
First United States edition.
Physical Description
[xxv], 758 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of numbered plates (1-59), illustrations (some color), portraits, genealogical table, maps, 24 cm

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