George Washington’s Final Battle
The Epic Struggle to Build a Capital City and Nation
A fine and full account of the much-contested founding of Washington, DC. Watson documents clearly and convincingly why the first president deserved to have the nation’s capital bear his name.
Gordon S. Wood, Pulitzer Prize winning author, National Humanities Medal recipient, and Alva O. Way University Professor at Brown University
The Story of the Confederacy’s Infamous Libby Prison and the Civil War’s Largest Jail Break
Richmond's Libby Prison has long been described as "notorious"--the Abu Ghraib of the Confederacy. This deeply researched, well written page-turner at last helps us understand why, offering gruesome details about mistreatment, abusive and sadistic staff, and hideous conditions. Robert Watson has added to this a compelling story about an extraordinary breach of Libby's equally notorious security, and the result is an important contribution to Civil War literature that manages to unfold like a thriller.
Harold Holzer, Winner of the Lincoln Prize, former vice president of the Met, former chair of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
Robert Watson, Ph.D.
is an award-winning author, professor, historian, and analyst for numerous media outlets. He has published over 40 books on history and politics and hundreds of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, and reference essays.