To become a nation
by Francesca on May 10, 2007Fischer 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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