Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
Washington's Crossing is one of my favorite books for car listening. Since I live in the Midwestern Plains, that says a lot.
I always wonder the details of what really happened in a historical event. I never believed that painting because I regarded Washington as a sensible man, and no sensible man would stand up in a boat of that size!
This book tells you, and at length, the circumstances, as well as the truth of the American Rebels and their attack on Trenton. Some may find it too detailed and lengthy. I enjoy it.
The description of George Washington as a middle-aged to young man was compelling. It helped me understand why men followed him so willingly in such a perilous time.
I'm more likely to complete 'reading' a book if it is read to me. His voice helps with this.
I listen to this again and again to catch the moments when I was getting gas, or waiting in lights, or just inattentive. After all, driving must come first, even with an empty road. For me, it's infinitely entertaining.
From the description and glowing reviews about this book, I was expecting it to "read" like historical fiction. It's more accurate and educational than historical fiction but not as engaging. With that said, Washington's Crossing was a very good listen, it held my attention and significantly broadened my knowledge.
It's easy to see why this book won a Pulitzer. Fisher is a master historian, and this is one of those cases where you may think you know the story, but you know only a smidgen. Fisher weaves the tale of events leading up to Trenton in illuminating fashion, and it actual crossing event is a fascinating story in and of itself - so many things went wrong that night. The portrait of Washington is illuminating, and the reader's respect for the man can only grow as one sees his wisdom, adaptability, and character shine through along with his humanity. There is still so much to be learned from him if we were only paying attention.
The story is so fascinating and rich in detail, I'm not sure I can even comment on the audio part. It must have been good because this was a "can't turn it off/put it down" experience.
As a history buff and occasional teacher, I highly recommend this book as well as Fisher's book on Champlain. Fisher is really a national treasure, in the same elite class of writers with David McCullough, Gary Wills, Ron Chernow, and Gordon Wood
Before listening to this book, I wondered how good it could be if the entire subject was the few days directly around the crossing. How much can anybody say? However, I bought it on the strength of the reviews and my growing interest in the Revolutionary era.
It turns out that someone can write a very good book indeed! It actually starts in Boston, then follows Washington through the New York debacle and the New Jersey retreat. This is not filler; it's necessary background for the situation W. found himself in at Christmas, 1776. After an excellent description/analysis of the crossing, Fischer goes further and explains how the rest of that year's campaign in New Jersey followed from and expanded the victory at Trenton.
In short, the narrator was great, the book is a wonderful piece of historical writing, and it definitely increased my knowledge of the Revolutionary War and Washington as a leader.
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.