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By Ike Brannon
In his scintillating new book about the American revolution, “The Men Who Lost America,” the historian Andrew O’Shaughnessy reports that upon receiving word that the British Army had surrendered at Yorktown, King George III sent a letter to his secretary of state outlining new strategies he had conceived to defeat the American army. His address to Parliament soon after that included his earnest exhortation that they redouble their efforts in the war at the very same time that the troops were returning to Britain, comments that perplexed and confused the members and helped to create the idea that the king might be losing his mind.