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978-0-19-522410-8 / 0195224108

Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History)

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Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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Among its many accolades, Washington's Crossing won the Pulitzer Prize for History, was a finalist for the National Book Award, was a New York Times Bestseller, and was a New York Times Top Ten Book for 2005. Now, this acclaimed volume is available in a Special Deluxe Edition. Its features include:
Gold foil stamping
Gold gilded edging
Four-color presentation box
1000 Copies, Signed and numbered by the author

Within six months of the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the colonial forces were all but defeated by the British. Yet, as David Hackett Fischer recounts in this riveting history, Washington--and many other Americans--refused to let the Revolution die. Even as the British and Germans spread their troops across New Jersey, the people of the colony began to rise against them. George Washington saw his opportunity and seized it. 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. At the same time, they developed an American ethic of warfare that John Adams called "the policy of humanity," and showed that moral victories could have powerful material effects. The startling success of Washington and his compatriots not only saved the faltering American Revolution, but helped to give it new meaning, in a pivotal moment for American history.

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