This is not just the story of Washington's crossing.This a very interesting snapshot of the major players[who they are and how they got there] and events [the how and why of what has happened so far] in the American revolution.The amount of detailed information that I had only the sketchiest idea of was amazing.The great thing about this book is that the author spares you a lot of the minutetia that bogs down some history books and gives a good interesting story that continually had me saying to myself......that's interesting,I didn't know that etc.
Most important is the significance and insights he gives you of the crossing itself .
We all know the basics but supposing 300 years from now somebody was trying to explain to someone who just knew the basics of Pearl Harbor or Dolittle's raid on Japan or 911 or Gettysburg etc.......and did a very good job.......That's what this book is like...............
If you enjoy history and a good story,listen to this one.
Washington.you realize even more what a great man he was.
The other characters,like the Howe brothers,the Hessians ,various Americans are also very interesting
The difference between hearing a good story and reading a good book.
Perhaps, My listens tend to be no longer than 30 to 45 minutes while traveling in my job.
I actually enjoyed re-playing many of the chapters and passages again the next day after thinking about them.
This book is a wonderful listen. You'll have a new respect for George Washington and the remarkable feats he accomplished. The pre and post crossing stories are great too. Runger first class job as narrator.
Using "Washington's Crossing" as the nexus, the author develops the personalities and positions of the major players and then brings them together at the hub of the action. Several surprises; previously unpublished material, make this a great read. Don't hesitate...Washington didn't.
Not a bad book, but my download was missing a good part of the end of the second file, which left out most of the batle of Princeton. Besides Audible's flaw (one of few) the author is fairly preachy and both the intro and conclusion are a bit long for my tastes. He seems to have the need to tells us the story and then explain to us what it means. I don't disagree with his conclusions, but I didn't need him to explain it to me.
I love historical fiction, and this is the very best of its genre, a dramatic story splendidly told. Any American who listens to this will be chilled in the spine, both figuratively and empathically, as Fischer describes the incredible feats of perseverence and courage of the foot soldiers. But the greatest thrill is to hear of the indefatigable George Washington, who in the bleakest personal and national moment, had the brilliance and dash to conceive and lead the desperate, freezing but still faithful men in this remarkable and heroic enterprise. If you ever needed to know why he was the father of our country, this account gives ample justification.
This book provides an extremely detailed account of the Fall and Winter campaign of 1776-77. I really enjoyed the incorporation of letters and accounts from both American and British sources. One of the things that a read of this detail does is to illustrate how fragile and tenuous victory can be. The efforts of a handful of man often can turn the tide of an event that in turn cascades the outcome of other events. You don't get that perspective unless you get into the detail. It was fascinating for example to read the accounts of how the New Jersey militia did such great work in harrasing the Hessians in the days leading to Battle of Trenton. By the time the Continental Army arrived the Hessians were exhausted from the lack of sleep from being in a continuous state of high alert. All in all a very good book.
This is a captivating look at the battles that marked the turning point in the revolutionary war. The letters and journals of the participants make you feel like you were there. HIGHLY Recommend !
This is a WONDERFUL book for everyone interested in America. Fischer chronicles the campaign through New Jersey leading up to and following the battles of Trenton and Princeton. Not new ground, but Fischer does a wonderful job of telling several very interesting stories that bring the struggle to life: he chronicles Washington's devoloping leadership style; he debunks the myth of Hessian incompetence and drunkeness at Trenton; and he shows how the strategic aims and tactics of the two armies (and their partisans) evolve as they fight for control of New Jersey.