Washington's Crossing
11%
off

Washington's Crossing

4.11 (10,745 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

Six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. A powerful British force had routed the Americans at New York, occupied three colonies, and advanced within sight of Philadelphia. Yet, as David Hackett Fischer recounts in this riveting history, George Washington-and many other Americans-refused to let the Revolution die. On Christmas night, as a howling nor'easter struck the Delaware Valley, he led his men across the river and attacked the exhausted Hessian garrison at Trenton, killing or capturing nearly a thousand men. A second battle of Trenton followed within days. The Americans held off a counterattack by Lord Cornwallis's best troops, then were almost trapped by the British force. Under cover of night, Washington's men stole behind the enemy and struck them again, defeating a brigade at Princeton. The British were badly shaken. In twelve weeks of winter fighting, their army suffered severe damage, their hold on New Jersey was broken, and their strategy was ruined. Fischer's richly textured narrative reveals the crucial role of contingency in these events. We see how the campaign unfolded in a sequence of difficult choices by many actors, from generals to civilians, on both sides. While British and German forces remained rigid and hierarchical, Americans evolved an open and flexible system that was fundamental to their success. The startling success of Washington and his compatriots not only saved the faltering American Revolution, but helped to give it new meaning.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 38.1mm | 975.22g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 104 halftones, 19 maps
  • 019518159X
  • 9780195181593
  • 410,310

Review quote

it's worth reading * BBC History * This book won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2005 so you don't need me to tell you it's worth reading. Nevertheless, I will, and it is. * David Musgrove, BBC History Magazine *show more

About David Hackett Fischer

David Hackett Fischer is University Professor at Brandeis University, and the author of such acclaimed volumes as Albion's Seed, The Great Wave, and Paul Revere's Ride.show more

Rating details

10,745 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 43% (4,660)
4 33% (3,519)
3 17% (1,869)
2 4% (482)
1 2% (215)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X