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At the November 1st meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, we were very honored to have Professor David L. Preston speak to us about his most recent book, Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution (Pivotal Moments in American History), 2015.  Dr. Preston is the Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies at The Citadel where he teaches cadets and officer candidates about U.S. military history and early American history. He is, “one of the most gifted young historians writing today,” according to the eminent historian and Pulitzer-Prize winner David Hackett Fischer.

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Dr. David L. Preston

Dr. Preston discussed how growing up in Pennsylvania instilled a passion in him for the French and Indian War and inevitably one of the reasons behind writing two books (the other being The Texture Of Contact: European and Indian Settler Communities on the Frontiers of Iroquoia, 1667-1783, 2009) on the topic. He also made mention of being a die-hard Steelers fan.

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photo courtesy of citadel.edu

He has received many national accolades including:

Winner, 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Prize in Military History
Finalist, 2016 George Washington Book Prize
Winner, 2016 Distinguished Book Award, Society for Military History
Winner, 2016 Distinguished Book Award, Society of Colonial Wars
Winner, 2016 PROSE Award in U.S. History, Association of American Publishers
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photo courtesy of citadel.edu
We’d like to thank Dr. Preston for the opportunity to hear his narrative on his works thus far, as well as look forward to some of his upcoming projects he is currently working on.  It was an insightful presentation!

 

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