The untold story of the fight for the Hudson River Valley, control of which, both the Americans and British firmly believed, would determine the outcome of the Revolutionary War.

"George C. Daughan --- winner of the prestigious Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature --- integrates the war's naval elements with its political, military, economic, and social dimensions to create a major new study of the American Revolution.
Revolution on the Hudson offers a much clearer understanding of our founding conflict, and how it transformed a rebellion that Britain should have crushed into a war they could never win."...... W.W. Norton & Company

"Daughan deftly highlights how naval power shaped even war on land......"
W. A. Hay ........ The Wall Street Journal

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Kennebunkport Maine Sunday April 30, 2017

I'll be speaking in Kennebunkport, Maine on Sunday April 30 for the Pasco Lecture Series at the Graves Memorial Library. Would love to see you there if you are available at 2:00 PM on Sunday next. The lecture is free and open to the public. I'll be speaking about "Revolution on the Hudson" followed by Q &A. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017


REVOLUTION ON THE HUDSON selected as the Best Book on the American Revolution published in 2016. The award was presented by the prestigious American Revolution Round Table of New York. I'm seen above receiving the award from David W. Jacobs the chairman of the Board of Governors on April 4, 2017.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The National Book Review

This is the complete review that was written for the National Book Review 
                                                                                           ...................Noah Benjamin Pollak

"New Yorkers have a well known tendency to hold forth on how important their hometown is, how it is the center of the universe, and how they could never live anywhere else. Well, now they have more ammunition. In addition to all of the other bragging rights, New York City can now claim a pivotal role in the war that created the United States.

"Revolution on the Hudson, by the renowned naval historian George C. Daughan, takes on a key question: how could the mighty British military fail to defeat the vastly outgunned American colonists? Daughan argues that contrary to the prevailing historical narrative, Britain's plan to take Manhattan and use it as a base to drive up the Hudson River and cut off New England from the other colonies was a preordained failure - and one that caused it to lose the Revolutionary War. 

"In this sharply drawn narrative, Daughan offers something truly valuable: a focus on the grand scale. Rather than a more standard muskets, boats, and battles account, he looks at the political, cultural, and military realities that led the British to pursue their doomed Hudson River campaign. He rounds out this history and theory with well-drawn portraits of the famous cast of characters on both sides of the Atlantic: George Washington, Willian Howe, Benedict Arnold - and, of course, King George. The story is well-written, the pace is rapid, the length is a relatively modest (for a book of this sort) 349 pages before appendixes, and best of all, it serves up a ground-breaking thesis that even non-New Yorkers can appreciate."

Noah Benjamin Pollak is a Detroit-based writer.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Revolution on the Hudson on CSPAN 3

CSpan taped my book tour event at Barnes and Noble in Kingston, N.Y. It will be aired on CSPAN 3 on the following dates:

Saturday July 30 at 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Sunday July 31 at 1:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Sunday August 7 at 1:00PM (Eastern Time)

CSpan 3 is known as the American History Channel. Please note this is not the "History Channel". This is the CSpan history channel. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

CSPAN 3 The American History Channel

Recently CSPAN came to the Book Tour event for Revolution on the Hudson at Barnes & Noble in Kingston, N.Y. The tape of the event will be aired on CSpan 3 shortly. I will be posting the air dates as soon as I know them and will also post a link to the Podcast when I have it. The camera men who come to these events do such a great job. Here is one of them setting up the camera before the event.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


This is a new review for Revolution on the Hudson from Mark Levine on Booklist.

"This is a solid naval history of America's War of independence from Great Britain, but its scope is far broader than the title suggests. Daughan, winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature, successfully argues that the British strategy of isolating New England by claiming New York and the Hudson Valley ultimately backfired, but he also shows the roles Philadelphia, the Chesapeake Bay, the American South, and even the Caribbean played in the war. If the title is misleading, however, the book delivers an enlightening combination of military and regional history that will draw anyone interested in the naval side of the American Revolution."

Mark Levine from Booklist

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Barnes & Noble in Nashua NH

Saturday June 18 I'll be speaking and answering questions about my new book Revolution on the Hudson at Barnes & Noble in Nashua, N.H.  Hoping to see lots of friends at 2 PM.