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Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History) Paperback – February 1, 2006
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"A meticulous and brilliantly colored account of the period surrounding George Washington's famous sally across the Delaware river in 1776." --Wall Street Journal
"Fisher's thoughtful account describes how Washington, in a frantic, desparate month, turned his collection of troops into a professional force, not by emulating Europeans but by coming up with a model that was distinctly American." --The New Yorker
"History at its best, fascinating in its details, magisterial in its sweep." --Boston Globe
"Perhaps most valuable is Fischer's portrait of Washington. Instead of presenting the Napoleonic hero of the painting, he shows a proud youth who evolved into a humble democratic leader." --Newsweek
"Fischer...describes in moving detail the military campaign of 1776-1777 and the British, German and American soldiers who fought it. As in the familiar 1850 painting by Emmanuel Leutze that inspired Fischer's title, Washington stands firmly at the book's center. His actions as commander of the American army were pivotal for both his future and that of the fledgling American republic." --Washington Post Book World
"A model of modern historical writing." --National Review
"A highly realistic and wonderfully readable narrative... Fischer's ability to combine the panoramic with the palpable is unparalleled in giving us a glimpse of what warfare back then was really like." --The New York Times Book Review
"A tale told with gusto, punctuated by finely rendered accounts of battles and tactics... Helps us understand anew a great American icon." --Los Angeles Times Book Review
About the Author
David Hackett Fischer is University Professor at Brandeis University, and the author of such acclaimed volumes as Albion's Seed, The Great Wave, Paul Revere's Ride and Liberty and Freedom.
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Perhaps the best way I can describe it is that Mr Fischer has written this book in such a manner that avid readers who dream they will get their hands on that rare kind of book(s) that "take you there", well, they will have their dream fulfilled here......& if it could be made into a movie and made exactly the way this story is told, it would be a blockbuster never forgotten...and be a great contribution to our history. I have bought and given out copies of this book and I had to go back and re-read it a few months later for it stuck so in my mind. I simple cannot say enough about this story of the times when things were so bad for us, it appearing that General Howe would soon be wrapping up a victory for King George...but all at once, in the dead of winter, an exceptionally horribly cold winters night in December of 1776, Fischer tells in detail the whole story and paints a picture in the minds eye of all that transpired in the preparation and the step by step of these amazing men who slogged through the cold, across the Deleware in those huge cumbersome boats with animals and weaponry while ice flows begin to make it near impossible for them to ever get across....and then nearly impossible for any reader to conceive of this happening...they do get across, unload, every minute so crucial before daylight or there will be no surprise attack...then they surprise the Hessians and capture all the men, the big stores of food, ammunition, weapons, etc. So effectively is this whole story told from first to last that I "felt the cold,"
I am with the men and can imagine what they felt as best as I could...they are cold, bone tired, some with rags wrapped around their feet for often they did not have proper clothing and their weapons were wet and unable to fire if needed.
Comrades in arms would try and keep their fellow soldiers awake, some were so tired and just for a few minutes of rest some did lie down, only to never get up...exhausted they died in the cold.
The book has near exhausted me at this point, especially "going with the soldiers over the river, mentally it is so moving and one feels as if you even want to have been there and be awake and alert and help that soldier who needed rest but death was the consequence of not staying awake....for in a while they will be where it is warm, there is food, drink, rest!
I should be better prepared for this review, I am not a writer though I wished I would have been, esp one like Mr David Hacket Fischer. All I can say is get a copy of this book that reads similar to Philbricks "Mayflower" story or Captain Cooks stories of exploration. You will NOT be disappointed with this book, one of the very best I ever read.
There is so much you will think of re our country then just after declaring independence from the "mother country."
You will think of something that was happening back in the 18th century that is lost now, ie, people helping people, more then than now I think, a lot of hard work and people happy to be just safe, have a decent place for family to live in, food and clothing, a few good books (or more books so to learn and have some education.) I am sure that after Teddy Roosevelts time is when the real push of greed and big business and the rich/poor gap came on and now has built up so much that the ones you read of...leaders and/or the common man then...if here now seeing how America is, they would be shocked to say the least and some sort of revolution would come I suppose.
Even before Teddy R, things were getting bad...always the wealthy cannot be wealthy enough and many who have much do not even give thought of the common person, the poor or middle class person. This book, after reading all that it is about has a lot more to say to us because of who we are reading about and how they treated one another...so this is not just the best and most exciting and enlightening thing I ever read on Washinton's crossing the Deleware alone......it is about what Americans were like and what they were about...I hope, pray that our greed and power will not take us down one day and that when we see what America was back then, all they held dear and strived for (decent and fair shake, etc)...I hope it is not too late and now that we are for some time the "American Empire" just as the U.K. once was and we the ones working with (or at times alone as well) to dominate or take over other nations...that it is not too late to stop that course we are on.
I simply end by saying there is the main story here but whether on purpose or not, Mr Fischer has given me much knowledge of how different America was then in all her ways and the goals to build a nation for all the people was held by most...we have deviated from that now by both national parties. In the 1970's or late 70's I believe is when the Democratic Party merged with the Republicans and the current Democrats are in a moderate to right place and the Republicans are gone...or simply off the map to the right...soon the small amount of moderates will be gone unless true Progressives can ban together and change things....it is not anywhere near David H Fischer's America, nothing like it at all.
One of Fischer's key themes in "Washington's Crossing" is the clash between a society based on "liberty and freedom" and one based on "order and discipline" (p. 5). He repeatedly notes how Washington learned to develop consensus within an army composed of Virginia planters, rugged backwoodsmen, New Englanders steeped in the militia tradition, and Pennsylvania Associators. Fischer contrasts Washington's methods with the authoritarian British model in which generals directed operations with little regard for divergent opinions. He also stresses the importance of contingency, "the sense of people making choices, and choices making a difference in the world" (p. 364). In this context, readers are introduced to or learn more about Philemon Dickinson, John Cadwalader, Charles Cornwallis, and even Betsy Ross, among others.
In addition to these broader themes, Fischer is very good on the details of war, and he enhances these with numerous maps. Drawing on both standard and previously overlooked sources, he paints a vivid picture of the war in the middle states between March 1776 and March 1777. He describes German troops looting their way across New Jersey and the subsequent civilian response. Fischer also provides a gripping narrative of exhausted American soldiers marching through a howling nor'easter on their way to Trenton. Once there, they found an able Hessian garrison, not drunk after Christmas revelry, but worn out by repeated alarms. Many readers will find Fischer's descriptions of the second battle of Trenton and the "Forage War" illuminating.
This is a highly readable and entertaining book that deserves a wide audience. The footnotes contain a wealth of interesting information, as do the 24 appendices that cover topics ranging from troop strength to ice conditions on the Delaware River. Fischer also includes an historiographic essay on how portrayals of Washington's crossing have changed over time and why. While some scholars might be put off by the book's popular tone and positive message, most readers will welcome it and gain a greater appreciation for the men and women who created the United States.