Six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. Yet Washington--and many other Americans--refused to let ...Show synopsisSix months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. Yet Washington--and many other Americans--refused to let it die. This dramatic and colorful narrative of a pivotal moment in American history--George Washington crossing the Delaware--is "highly realistic and wonderfully readable" ("The New York Times Book Review").Hide synopsis
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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.
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.
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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