Pulitzer Prize, History, 2005
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.
The “Pivotal Moments in American History” series seeks to unite the old and the new history, combining the insights and techniques of recent historiography with the power of traditional narrative. Each title has a strong narrative arc with drama, irony, suspense, and – most importantly – great characters who embody the human dimension of historical events. The general editors of “Pivotal Moments” are not just historians; they are popular writers themselves, and, in two cases, Pulitzer Prize winners: David Hackett Fischer, James M. McPherson, and David Greenberg. We hope you like your American History served up with verve, wit, and an eye for the telling detail!
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"An impeccably researched, brilliantly executed military history." (Publishers Weekly)
"An eminent, readable historian, Fischer here delivers an outstanding analytical narrative....Fischer's exhaustive research, right down to the Americans' collection of supplies, captures the utter precariousness of the Americans' situation. A must-read for military history fans." (Booklist)
The history of washington's life almost defies belief -that a man could be so level headed and constant in his service and his convictions. There is a reason for why so many landmarks are named in his honor.
One of my very favorite audio books (and I've listened to over 200), this is an amazingly vivid portrayal of a very critical time in our nation's history. The hardships endured by those early soldiers were truly extraordinary. It was very hard to ever turn off the car on this one. I could easily listen to it in one sitting. You simply must listen to this one if you have any interest at all in the Revolutionary War.
'Washington's Crossing' is an enjoyable, accessible history. Fischer is thorough and detailed, but rarely boring. Although the author clearly admires George Washington and some of the other founders very much (and seems to have low regard for others), the book never devolves into hagiography. As with any military history on an audibook, this suffers somewhat from a lack of maps, but I found many visual resources available on the web.
One of Fischer's great strengths is his ability to put myriad tiny developments into a coherent whole, showing that sometimes small decisions have tremendous consequences.
The narrator is very good, and well-suited to the material. Some material at the end of the book seems unnecessary, but the interview with the author is a definite plus.
Commader and Chief,only one.
This shows just what commander and chief really means.Concentrated just on the Revolutionary War,it shows in defeat after defeat,how Gen.Washington never lost hope.He learned to pick his battles after many losses.How in each defeat he changed tactics,rallied his troops and laid out what losing would mean.Patriot is used to easily today,this was a true patriot who saw the future had he lost.The sacrifice to save this nation has never been matched,and doubt it ever will be.Anyone who doesn't come away with a greater respect for who was a great president,needs to read this and 1776,another great book But with asking him to do this,and his own doubts on his ability to achieve victory,he knew if not him,than who would.Odds on defeating the greatest of nations at the time,he took on the task,and never gave up on the glorious cause,which is what he stated in his own words,he achieved what all thought was impossible,with few exceptions.The book was laid out historically correct.The narration and reader was excellent.To date i have read no other book about the Revolutionary War,that not only told of the battles from documents of the time,but tells just how much sacrifice all he and his men endured.The dictionary should have Washingtons picture when it descibes what a Patroit is.Anyone who really wants to know how close we came to never becoming a nation,needs to listen to this.In my eyes there is no better book on these battles,from the American as well as the English view on Washington and his men.All patriots till the very end.The best i have read on this war.The research that went into this book ,is second to none.Find out what a Glorious Cause this really was,and the man who truely gave us the independence we were trying to have .Not to be missed, i can't recommend this any higher,just great all the way around.
Simply the best when it comes to biographies,he just fits pefect with these types of books.He brings the story alive and makes you want to listen to more.
The only real Commander And Chief,Gen. George Wahington
If you want to know who gave us the Liberty and Independence that Thomas Jefferson wrote of in our founding documents,you need to read this.No need to read anything else,if you want to no just what had to be done to become a free Nation.Excellent
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.
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