Wars are won on the battlefield by brave soldiers who risk life and limb for cause or country. In the Revolutionary War era, those battle-tested warriors fueling the action and political whirlwind were almost exclusively men, but women weren’t completely without influence. In fact, the natures of men and women, as depicted in Turn: Washington’s Spies, gave clear-eyed women an abundance of soft power, and in “Hearts and Minds,” it was the men who found themselves reacting — often flailin...

Wars are won on the battlefield by brave soldiers who risk life and limb for cause or country. In the Revolutionary War era, those battle-tested warriors fueling the action and political whirlwind were almost exclusively men, but women weren’t completely without influence. In fact, the natures of men and women, as depicted in Turn: Washington’s Spies, gave clear-eyed women an abundance of soft power, and in “Hearts and Minds,” it was the men who found themselves reacting — often flailin...

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