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!
©2004 David Hackett Fischer; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
"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)
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.
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