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The Winter Soldiers
The story of a tiny band of men held together by George Washington under unimaginable hardship and suffering during the 1776 battles for Trenton and Princeton. Illustrated throughout.
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published December 31st 1973 by Doubleday Books
(first published January 1st 1973)
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Aug 25, 2008 Stephen rated it really liked it · review of another edition
4.0 stars. This is a terrific military history book focusing on two of the decisive moments in the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Trenton and the Battle of Princeton. Ketchum does a really good job of bringing to life the hardships faced by the colonists and amazing leadership provided by George Washington. Recommended!!
The way the American Revolution should be told. No apologies for what it took to become a free and independent country. With so many history books taking an anti-american/apologetic view on our history and founding it was nice to read one that was all facts without twisting them into something else. For all the people who bad mouth Gen. Washington for being a poor general and nothing more, must realize that he did something most men never would do. Stand strong, lead, and inspire the entire coun ...more
Great book covering what is probably the turning point of the American Revolution. Everybody knows the famous painting of washington crossing the deleware at the prow of a little boat looking all noble and epic among the chunks of ice floating down the river. This is the story of the battle (Trenton) that he was going out to fight on that christmas day. The best part about this book is that it delivers alot of background on all of the countries and people involved in the conflict. The writer doe ...more
May 25, 2009 Eric rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Excellent book about the Revolutionary War from 1775-1776. The author packs in a ton of information about not only the main topic, but also related subjects like King George, the Hessians and the organization of German society, and the system of hiring officers in the British Army. All this is written in an entertaining style that never bogs down or becomes too overwhelming. I actually liked this better than David McCullough's 1776.
THE book on the pivotal moment in the War of Independence- far better than "1776" or "Washington's Crossing" at showing how the revolution hung by a thread before Trenton and Princeton. The increasing sense of desperation, even hopelessness, of the American cause is so beautifully built by Ketchum that our knowing how things turned out somehow doesn't lessen the tension. Wonderful, readable history at its best.
This book brought George Washington to life for me. I learned on a personal level of the struggle of that winter. The book told that Washington was very much intimidated by being selected to lead the army himself. I have a much greater appreciation of the sacrifices made then by Washington as well as the soldiers themselves.
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