"A first-rate biography."
—New York Times
"This is history, but in Mr. McCardell's skilled hands it reads like a novel." —St. Louis Globe-Democrat
"Here, in a rare combination of documented fact and good storytelling is the biography of an often neglected man who lived during one of history's most vital eras." —Booklist
"Braddock was the first English general that Americans had ever seen in action, and although he lost his life fighting for them, they detested him. . . . What [McCardell] has done is to replace a historical puppet with a credible human being, and . . . to explain how a carefully planned colonial expedition can go wrong."—Naomi Bliven, the New Yorker
"The breadth, depth, and care of McCardell's reasearch on Ill-Starred General are amazing and delightful. He has labored with that fidelity which every honest historian must display and with that luck which crowns the efforts of the fortunate." —George Swetnam, Pittsburgh Press
"A genial and readable interpretation that will revivify an important figure in early American history. It is the kind of well-documented book that will appeal to both the general reader and the historian."—W. R. Jacobs, American Historical Review