Six 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 ...
Six 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").
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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.
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.
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.
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.
May 10, 2007
To become a nation
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.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-01-12 At the core of an impeccably researched, brilliantly executed military history is an analysis of George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River in December 1776 and the resulting destruction of the Hessian garrison of Trenton and defeat of a British brigade at Princeton. Fischer's perceptive discussion of the strategic, operational and tactical factors involved is by itself worth the book's purchase. He demonstrates Washington's insight into the revolution's desperate political circumstances, shows how that influenced the idea of a riposte against an enemy grown overconfident with success and presents Washington's skillful use of what his army could do well. Even more useful is Fischer's analysis of the internal dynamics of the combatants. He demonstrates mastery of the character of the American, British and Hessian armies, highlighting that British troops, too, fought for ideals, sacred to them, of loyalty and service. Above all, Brandeis historian Fischer (Albion's Seed) uses the Trenton campaign to reveal the existence, even in the revolution's early stage, of a distinctively American way of war, much of it based on a single fact: civil and military leaders were accountable to a citizenry through their representatives. From Washington down, Fischer shows, military leaders acknowledged civil supremacy and worked with civil officials. Washington used firepower and intelligence as force multipliers to speed the war for a practical people who wanted to win quickly in order to return to their ordinary lives. Tempo, initiative and speed marked the Trenton campaign from first to last. And Washington fought humanely, extending quarter in battle and insisting on decent treatment of prisoners. The crossing of the Delaware, Fischer teaches, should be seen as emblematic of more than a turning of the war's tide. 91 halftone, 15 maps. 3-city author tour. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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