Washington's Gay General: The Legends and Loves of Baron von Steuben (Hardcover)
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Did you know that if it weren't for a gay man, America might have lost the Revolutionary War to the British? That same man also wrote the original soldier training manual that the U.S. military still uses parts of today. I had never heard of Baron von Steuben until I read this book, and the graphic novel format really brought him to life for me.— Heath
Author Josh Trujillo and illustrator Levi Hastings tell the true story of one of the most important—but largely forgotten—military leaders of the American Revolution, Baron von Steuben, who brought much-needed knowledge to the inexperienced and ill-prepared Continental Army. As its first Inspector General, von Steuben created an organizational framework for the US military, which included writing the Blue Book guide that became the standard for training American soldiers for more than a century.
Von Steuben was also, by all accounts, a flamboyant homosexual in an era when the term didn’t even exist. Beginning with von Steuben’s career in the Prussian Army, Trujillo explores his recruitment by Benjamin Franklin, his work alongside General George Washington at Valley Forge, and his eventual decline into obscurity. In Washington’s Gay General, Trujillo and Hastings impart both the intricacies of queer history and the importance of telling stories that highlight queer experiences.
— Sarah Shay Mirk, author of Guantanamo Voices
"Trujillo and Hastings have created a gripping biography of one of the most flamboyant and fascinating of America’s founding fathers, all while grappling with the nature and importance of historical queerness. History, after all, isn’t only written by the winners, but also by those with the most fabulous stories to tell."
— Justin Hall, editor of No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics