The British Are Coming: The War for America, 1775-1777
Petraeus-Hertog Lecture on Leadership
Rick Atkinson, David H. Petraeus (moderator)
Thu, May 16th, 2019 | 6:30 pm
(Members $38)

Note: This event is sold out



How did the Continental Army’s fight against the most formidable military force in the world begin? What did men that now hold legendary status, like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, do to rise to the occasion against impossible odds? Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Rick Atkinson, joined by General David Petraeus, uncovers the untold stories and moral conflicts—from both the American and British perspective—of the first 21 months of the Revolutionary War.

Rick Atkinson is the author of The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775–1777, the inaugural volume of The Revolution Trilogy. General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus (moderator) commanded coalition forces during the Surges in both Iraq and Afghanistan and served as director of the CIA. He is now partner in the global investment firm KKR and chairman of the KKR Global Institute.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


This program has reached capacity. There will be a standby line the evening of the program. One hour before the program begins, we will begin handing out standby numbers with members receiving priority. Shortly before the program begins, we would begin selling tickets if we are able to do so. Standby does not guarantee admission.

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