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Washington's Crossing

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Six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. Yet Washington--and many other Americans--refused to let ... Show synopsis

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  • Washington's Crossing (Oxford University Press, USA) – Hardcover (2004)
    by David Hackett Fischer

    Washington's Crossing

    Hardcover, Oxford University Press, USA
    2004
    English
    564 pages

    ISBN: 0195170342
    ISBN-13: 9780195170344

    Six months after Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. A powerful British force had routed the Americans at New York, occupied three colonies, and advanced within sight of Philadelphia. George Washington lost 90 percent of his army, and was driven across the Delaware River. Panic and despair spread through the states. As the author recounts in this riveting history, many Americans refused to let the Revolution die. In mid-December, the people of occupied New Jersey began to rise against British and German ... Show more

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Reviews of Washington's Crossing

Overall customer rating: 4.800
Andrew

Narrative Version of History

by Andrew on Sep 27, 2012

Everyone's classic image of Washington crossing the Delaware River gets examined in great detail. Any reader will see this story through to the end because of the way that it's told.

Bryan K

Well written.

by Bryan K on Oct 14, 2010

Great book. Very well written and easy to follow. The author definitely did his homework. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the battles of Trenton and Princeton.

davemc

Great Read

by davemc on Dec 18, 2008

I had not read much about the Revolutionary War before picking up this book. I first heard the author speak on a podcast and then purchased the book. I learned more in the first 15 pages of this book than I had learned in my entire public school education. I had no idea what hardships these men faced at the time of the War. I also learned so much about the managing style of George Washington. The obstacles that he had to overcome and his ability to manage a group of people that had so little in common was truly amazing. I had heard of the Hessians all through school, but never had any idea of who they really were or why they were here in America. The style of writing history has changed so much recently and I am very grateful. These new historians are writing for people like myself. I am not a student or a scholar, but am an American wanting to learn more about how our country was formed. The more that I read, the more that I am grateful that we had such great leaders at this very momentous time in our history. I will share my book with several of my family members.

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BillinVA

Awesome

by BillinVA on Sep 25, 2008

David Hackett Fisher's 'Washington's Crossing" is possibly one of the best military history books I've ever read. The prose is clear and engaging. The content well researched. If you enjoy good writing and accurate history, this book is for you.

Francesca

To become a nation

by Francesca on May 10, 2007

Fischer writes well. It matters. But the fine style conveys excellent scholarship. This means that you interiorize the characters and come freshly onto the plot. The plot is something that probably has got lost in memory's fog: Washington crossing the Deleware is so vague to most of us that have no idea how much we owe to this one piece of strategy. And how much we owe to this one man, who sank into a sobbing break-down after one more military loss--to the extent that his subordinates doubted his ability to continue his job. Out of some deep well of character and determination, he drew what he--and we--needed to become a nation.

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