Washington and Caesar

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9780007112708: Washington and Caesar

A sweeping historical novel about the roles of two remarkable men in the American Revolution: George Washington and Caesar -- Washington's ex-slave who escaped to fight against his former master. This novel shatters some of the most enduring myths of American history -- myths about the colossus George Washington; myths about the idea of liberty and what it meant; myths about slavery; and myths about the role of black soldiers who found freedom fighting in the British army against the self-proclaimed idealists of freedom and independence. It chronicles, in accurate historical detail, the battles and major events of the American Revolution as experienced by two very different characters. George Washington, who at the outset of war is an ambitious landowner and by the end has attained great political power, and Caesar, one of Washington's many slaves, who escapes and joins the British Corps of Guides and Pioneers, which was the most decorated Loyalist unit of the Revolution -- and was composed entirely of escaped slaves. Washington and Caesar is a novel about white and black; owner and slave; naked ambition and powerless submission turned to rebellion. It is a novel about men who find themselves in war, who fall in love with war, and who then find the terrible cost of war to their innermost selves.

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Inspired by a little-known historical fact?that American slaves fought alongside the British in the Revolutionary War?this epic novel tells of a Mount Vernon slave who joins a Loyalist black regiment charged with defeating his former master on the battlefield.

The year is 1773. A new slave arrives at George Washington's Virginia estate and is given the name Caesar. But the war for independence will soon bring a turn of events neither master nor slave could have predicted. Within months they will be fighting on opposite sides: Washington as commander of the Continental Army, Caesar as a soldier in the legendary Loyalist corps made up of former slaves. In this captivating tour de force brimming with spectacular battle scenes and gripping historical detail, Caesar's perilous rise through the British ranks is deftly interwoven with the story of Washington's war years, leading to the day when they come face-to-face again?this time in uniform.

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"Compelling. [Cameron] humanizes the general and presents him as a modest but self-confident gentlemen farmer who acknowledges his limitations as readily as he embraces his duty. ... Meticulously accurate in its historical detail."
--Publishers Weekly

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Cameron, Christian
Published by HarperCollins, London (2003)
ISBN 10: 000711270X ISBN 13: 9780007112708
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Book Description HarperCollins, London, 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First UK Edition. Slave against master in a spectacular novel of the American Revolution. Author, a former officer in the US Navy, publised four titles previously (co-author) and published under the pseudonym Gordon Kent. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 048927

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