About the Author

Connecticut native Dave Richards served seven years in the United States Army, primarily in military intelligence. While serving in that field, he received more than two years of Russian language instruction and specialized training for an assignment in West Berlin as a transcriber of Soviet military communications. After he completed his service commitment, he attended George Washington University and Ohio State and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian language and literature and a Master of Arts degree in Slavic and East European languages and literatures, respectively. Upon completing his studies he joined the faculty of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, where he worked for three years as a foreign language instructor, teaching Russian to members of the armed forces and writing exercises and editing textbooks for his school's course development department. Later, after the Cold War came to an end, he earned certification to teach English as a Foreign Language to Adults from the Royal Society of Arts and the University of Cambridge and taught in South Korea and Japan for twelve years. Among the clients he taught were businessmen working for Hyundai, Hitachi, Ford Motors, Canon and Kawasaki Steel, and men and women working in Japan’s ministry of foreign affairs.

An avid student of American history, Dave has been a contributor to The Historical News, a series of historical quarterlies published by the Southern Historical News Corporation that are distributed throughout the South, and is a member of the Writers' Guild of Western North Carolina. He also has frequently spoken on historical subjects for local organizations and at author events and has appeared as a guest on such TV and radio talk shows as MSNBC's "Weekends with Alex Witt," Bloomberg Radio Network's "Taking Stock with Pimm Fox," and "The Armstrong Williams Show."

Dave lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where both his mother and sister reside. He has now finished work on a manuscript for his second book, an account of the court-martial of Jackie Robinson, and will soon be approaching publishers.




 "Americans continue to view George Washington as the nation's greatest hero, the courageous man who led American forces to a surprising victory over the British. But few Americans realize that in March 1783 General Washington had to stare down an uprising by disgruntled army officers known as the Newburgh Conspiracy. In this comprehensive study of the conspiracy, Dave Richards tells the dramatic story of Washington's role in quashing a military rebellion against the Congress. Well-researched, clearly written, and carefully argued, Swords in Their Hands tells a gripping story that makes an important contribution to the history of the Revolutionary War." ~ Dr. David E. Shi, President Emeritus and Professor of History,
Furman University

"A superbly detailed and documented history ... a simply fascinating study and strongly recommended reading for anyone with an interest in the emergence of the United States as a political entity ... and the contributions of George Washington to American governance .... A seminal work of impressive scope." ~ Midwest Book Review 


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