Read The Man Who Could Be King Online Free - When young Josiah Penn Stockbridge accepts the position as aide-de-camp to George Washington at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, he thinks only of the glory and romance of battle. He is unprepared for the reality of America’s bloody fight for independence. The Continental Army is starving, underpaid, and dangerously close to mutiny, and Washington fights not just to defeat the British but to maintain order and morale among his own men.
As anonymous letters by officers calling for revolt circulate through camp in Newburgh, New York, Washington must make a choice: preserve the young republic by keeping civilian control of the military, or reshape the new government by standing in solidarity with his troops and assuming greater power for himself.
During one fateful week in American history, Josiah will watch a conflicted general become a legend and will discover for himself that the greatest struggles of war are those within the hearts and minds of fallible men.
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June 04, 2017
I'm on a roll.... since reading "John Adams" , ( ebook), I've started listening to the audiobook "Truman", by David McCullough. Given that it's 54 hours long -I've yet to make a dent and may at some point switch to the ebook - but I'm enjoying the audiobook so far ( early farming background days...
June 01, 2017
This is not your run-of-the-mill historical novel. While the story is based upon the events of the Revolutionary War, much of the action is a retelling of history through the eyes of Washington’s aide, Josiah (who is a compilation of all the aides assigned to Washington during the war). Thus the...
August 27, 2017
I generally enjoy history, historical fiction, biography, etc. but the writing style here just didn't appeal to me. Josiah Penn Stockbridge was an aide-de-camp to George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Stockbridge is a composite of Washington's many aides during the war. The boo...
September 14, 2017
I found this book remarkable and vibrant in some aspects and disappointing in others. The central story concerning Washington's response to a potential mutiny (against Congress, not him) in 1783 (after Yorktown) was interesting but not well portrayed and in the end not at all dramatic. Many other...
November 16, 2017
This novel takes place during the events of the Newburgh Conspiracy, a lesser known event in American history. In 1783, during the waning days of the Revolutionary War, before a treaty had been signed but after most fighting was over, a group of American officers plotted what would have amounted...
June 11, 2017
Actually, I'm not finished. But I've decided to quit. This was a Kindle first book for June and I thought I'd give it a try.
It's just not my cup of tea. I like historical fiction, but this reads more like a term paper albeit with a fictional narrator. Where's the plot? Where's the character deve...
June 10, 2017
This is Miller's first novel. I'm giving it 5 stars because of the accuracy of the book. While a novel, it still reads in places like a history book. I didn't mind that, but others might.
Setting is one week in March, 1783 known as the Newburgh Conspiracy. Although it is an entire week of Washingt...
June 07, 2017
Really good book on an interesting bit of history. One of my ancestors was actually part of one of mutinies mentioned later. I never knew it until I did some very in depth genealogy research.
Yes, things could have gone a different way pretty easily.
June 18, 2017
This is primarily well-researched history, with the use of a fictional aide to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War to carry the story. The climactic event is a threatened mutiny at Newburgh, New York. Many highly respected leaders had begged GW to take power and straighten out...
June 12, 2017
The book sparked my interest . It had some dry moments but the point of view it was told was from one of Washington's aids . It was a fictional aid. It backed up from other research . Washington was a man that could have easily been made King... but he was also a man that wanted for a simplistic...