Washingtons Crossing by David Hackett Fischer

Washingtons Crossing

byDavid Hackett Fischer

Paperback | March 15, 2006

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Six months after the Declaration of 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. Yet, as David Hackett Fischer recounts in this riveting history, George Washington--and many other Americans--refused to let the Revolution die. On Christmas night, as a howling nor'easter struck the Delaware Valley, he led his men across the river and attacked the exhausted Hessian garrison atTrenton, killing or capturing nearly a thousand men. A second battle of Trenton followed within days. The Americans held off a counterattack by Lord Cornwallis's best troops, then were almost trapped by the British force. Under cover of night, Washington's men stole behind the enemy and struck themagain, defeating a brigade at Princeton. The British were badly shaken. In twelve weeks of winter fighting, their army suffered severe damage, their hold on New Jersey was broken, and their strategy was ruined. Fischer's richly textured narrative reveals the crucial role of contingency in these events. We see how the campaign unfolded in a sequence of difficult choices by many actors, from generals to civilians, on both sides. While British and German forces remained rigid and hierarchical, Americansevolved an open and flexible system that was fundamental to their success. The startling success of Washington and his compatriots not only saved the faltering American Revolution, but helped to give it new meaning.

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David Hackett Fischer is University Professor at Brandeis University, and the author of such acclaimed volumes as Albion's Seed, The Great Wave, Paul Revere's Ride and Liberty and Freedom
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Title:Washingtons CrossingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 1.81 inPublished:March 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019518159X

ISBN - 13:9780195181593

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"A meticulous and brilliantly colored account of the period surrounding George Washington's famous sally across the Delaware River in 1776. The tale is told in the style of a master thriller writer who keeps us reading even though we know--or think we know--how it all turns out....Washington's Crossing is a rebuke to those who believe that scholarly seriousness and popular appeal cannot exist together. This superbly wrought book, with its open invitation to a wider public, is just the sort of democratic scholarship that the soldiers of 1776 would have hoped for."--StevenLagerfeld, Wall Street Journal