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A Crisis of Peace:
George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution

American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia 2020 Book Award Honorable Mention

American Revolution Round Table of Richmond 2020 Harry M. Ward Book Prize Honorable Mention

Journal of the American Revolution 2020 Book Prize Honorable Mention

George Washington Book Prize 2020 Finalist

Vividly written, David Head’s A Crisis of Peace captures the perilous period when Washington’s fundamental decency meant more to the nation than more glorious qualities might have.  – David O. Stewart, bestselling author of The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution

David Head is a superb historian who writes in beautiful detail about the heat of political competition. ... Newburgh finally gets the clearheaded assessment students of the founding era have been waiting for. – Andrew Burstein, Louisiana State University

David Head tells the story masterfully with new details and expert drama, putting the crisis in both a contemporary context and showing its relevance for all ages. – Douglas Bradburn, President and CEO, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

A Crisis of Peace presents a vivid narrative of the Newburgh Conspiracy of 1783. It represents the finest account that we have of the critical phase of the Revolutionary War following the Siege of Yorktown: a phase that presented multiple military, economic, and political dangers to the nascent republic. David Head’s lively narrative thrusts the reader into Philadelphia taverns, Continental soldiers’ huts at Newburgh, and the headquarters of generals Washington and Gates, who had to maintain the army in the waning year of the war. — George Washington Book Prize Nominating Citation

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David Head received his Ph.D. in history from the University at Buffalo. An expert in maritime history, pirates, and privateers as well as the American Revolution and the Founding Fathers, he teaches at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Read more about David here. And follow him on Facebook and Twitter:

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