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In August 1776, a little over a month after the Continental Congress had formally declared independence from Britain, the revolution was on the verge of a sudden and disastrous end. General George Washington found his troops outmanned and outmaneuvered at the Battle of Brooklyn, and it looked like there was no escape. But thanks to a series of desperate rear-guard attacks by a single heroic regiment, famously known as the Immortal 400, Washington was able to evacuate his men, and the nascent Continental Army lived to fight another day.

Today, only a modest rusted and scarred metal sign near a dilapidated auto garage marks the mass grave where the bodies of the "Maryland Heroes" lie - 256 men "who fell in the Battle of Brooklyn". In Washington's Immortals, best-selling military historian Patrick K. O'Donnell brings to life the forgotten story of this remarkable band of brothers. Known as "gentlemen of honor, family, and fortune", they fought not just in Brooklyn but also in key battles, including Trenton, Princeton, Camden, Cowpens, Guilford Courthouse, and Yorktown, where their heroism changed the course of the war.

Drawing on extensive original sources, from letters to diaries to pension applications, O'Donnell pieces together the stories of these brave men - their friendships, loves, defeats, and triumphs. He explores their arms and tactics, their struggles with hostile loyalists and shortages of clothing and food, their development into an elite unit, and their dogged opponents, including British general Lord Cornwallis. And through the prism of this one group, O'Donnell tells the larger story of the Revolutionary War.

Washington's Immortals is gripping and inspiring boots-on-the-ground history, sure to appeal to a wide audience.

©2016 Patrick K. O’Donnell (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Spectacular

An easy, detailed, and enjoyable read. I was a history major at UCLA, so I can honestly say that you will learn more about the American Revolution by reading this book than you will by spending thousands of dollars on a University education.

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Groundbreaking masterpiece on American Revolution

If you could sum up Washington’s Immortals in three words, what would they be?

Immortals - American Spartans

What was one of the most memorable moments of Washington’s Immortals?

The Immortals' "300" Moment - The Battle of Brooklyn - The Dauntless Marylanders fight and sacrifice, against all odds, to change the course of the Revolution - as they continue to do throughout eight years of war.

What does William Hughes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

WASHINGTON'S IMMORTALS is a true masterpiece. Patrick O'Donnell has an inimitable style, breathing life into these courageous men who lived centuries ago. The author writes cinematically, capturing the reader at the outset, and never letting go; the reader is transported into the world of these men, who believed in the power of an idea - the triumph of Liberty against Tyranny. This is the first Band of Brothers treatment of the American Revolution, a boots-on-the-ground, soldier's eye view of the Revolution that places the reader in the heart of the action and the intense emotions, bridging the past with the present. O'Donnell infuses his passion into every page of the book. William Hughes's impeccable reading of this masterpiece is an outstanding complement to this phenomenal book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Lawrence Everhart gazing at General Washington through his spyglass, seeing tears in Washington's eyes as he watched the slaughter of his army at Fort Washington. Patrick K. O'Donnell humanizes these larger than life legends.

Any additional comments?

WASHINGTON'S IMMORTALS is a must-read book, and the audible version is a wonderful way to experience this amazing book while driving. By all means, buy and read this magnificent book, as well. The audible version complements this book beautifully.

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Great Title and Great Concept, Not So in Substance

Unfortunately, this book really missed the mark on it's self-touted, "Band of Brothers of the Revolution," on many levels. Don't get me wrong this book is worth your time, but don't expect Ambrose's Easy Company. There's simply not enough personal anecdotes to bind you to the Soldiers; although there are some. Also this unit is mostly decimated after the Battle of Brooklyn Heights so only a few of the original Marylanders were present in subsequent battles.

Another reviewer, Brian English, nailed his review perfectly in regard to the scattering of actual Marylanders participating throughout the remaining of the Revolution. Really this book is an overview of the war with a few heartbreaking Soldiers. Much was lacking in detail and presentation of facts. Reading other accounts of the March to Trenton by barefoot Soldiers in the snow, tore at my heart for these Soldiers; O'Donnell's version was matter-of-fact and clinical.

I did enjoy this, but rated only 3 stars for Story for mis-leading title and introduction.

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Amazing we won!

The American Revolution told through the exploits of the Maryland light infantry regiment. Detailed, suspenseful, and at times gory. Thoroughly researched and magnificently delivered, you find yourself immersed in 1776-1781, wondering how the hell we won.

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  • Gillian
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Excellent Facts but Lacks a Bit O' Heart

I have to say that, military history buff tho' I may be, I don't know that much about the Revolutionary War (sorry, Mr. Hasley). If my school years history classes were like "Washington's Immortals", however, I would've listened, enthralled.
O'Donnell really transports you to the battlefield, to the campaigns, to various events, with great precision (weather disclosures, anyone?) and with a flair for the dramatic. The only thing that makes this less than a five-star listen is that, of course, there's a sense of distance between the listener and history. This is no "Band of Brothers". It can't be. The only thing O'Donnell can go on is historical documents, not interviews. Still, interviews with other historians may've gone a ways to add some heart. But no matter. Here you'll find Mordecai Gist and his men, volunteering over and over, sacrificing their lives over and over. And George Washington comes off as nothing less than valiant.
At first I thought William Hughes' voice was too contemporary for the text, but O'Donnell makes it a point to show just how the story of the men from Maryland and their ordeals play into our contemporary lives (incidents are described as being, "at the juncture of today's Fifth Avenue and Third Street."). I came to really appreciate Hughes and his tones.
Narrator a plus, narrative a great listen? How can you not appreciate your history?

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fascinating storyline and character overview

the historical info isn't boring, and the story is a fascinating intro to American Revolution life and lore! A great conceptual overview of the characters and battle locations of the war.

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Thoughtful and Compelling

This book provides a fascinating look into the real stories of the people, circumstances and times that are as relevant today as they were during the Revolutionary War. O'Donnel has done excellent research of this amazing group of patriots that all Americans should know.

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Not really "Band of Brothers" for the AWI

What made the experience of listening to Washington's Immortals the most enjoyable?

The book is a great general overview of the military aspects American War for Independence. I know it's being called a "Band of Brothers" for the Revolution, but it's really not. There's a fair scattering of information about Maryland soldiers, but at the end of the day you don't really get a sense of them all being together as a cohesive unit. It's more like, "Hey, this was the Revolution and here were the battles. There were Maryland troops here. And here. And here." Many of the battles described didn't have any Maryland troops in them. Still a good book.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Left out the Maryland part. It wasn't that compelling and didn't really tie together as advertised. As a narrative of the war, it was pretty good. But there are surely better books out there about Maryland soldiers in the AWI.

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  • TJK
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Nothing new.

it is definitely not Band of Brothers. the author gives a lot of details of battles the group fought in but I never felt like I knew any of the players well. I might have liked it more if my expectations had not been raised by the comparison.

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Great read

This is probably the best account of not only an Revolutionary Army Unit but a great account of Washington's army

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