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  • Washington's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Hackett Fischer
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (230)

    This New York Times best seller is a thrilling account of one of the most pivotal moments in United States history. Six months after the Declaration of Independence, America was nearly defeated. Then on Christmas night, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River to destroy the Hessians at Trenton. A week later Americans held off a counterattack, and in a brilliant tactical move, Washington crept behind the British army to win another victory. The momentum had reversed.

    William says: "Particularly Good Military History"
    "A must listen - one of the best"
    Overall

    As an audiobooks history buff, I will say that Fischer's Washington's Crossing is one of the best listens I have encountered. In fact, I believe that this book is better heard than read, because some of the detailed asides might make for laborious reading, but are easily digested in the listening mode. This book dispels many myths about this event: the Hessians were not partying and drunk - they were on extreme alert and exhausted from it; the battle did not occur at night - but during the next day. The desperate situation of the Continental Army put the very survival of the revolution at great risk and we owe a lot to George Washington and a few thousand men who underwent extreme, unbelievable hardship to challenge British and Hessians troops that winter and spring. This is on of those books that can have a profound impact on the way you think about the United States and the legacy that we must live up to.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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