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The Winter Soldiers

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  161 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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!!
Apr 06, 2015 Derailed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 14, 2010 Dr. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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.
Mar 01, 2017 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 of the book is background, if this weren't the case the ranking would be higher
Dec 09, 2013 Mminthorn rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 14, 2009 Dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 29, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great historical book about the two turning point battles during the Revolutionary War. Inspired me to read more about George Washington.
Aug 04, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't give 4 stars very ofter
Urey Patrick
Ketchum is absolutely the BEST writer/historian of the Revolutionary War period. Reads like a novel - incisive, delightful characterizations and anecdotes. Superb.
Stephen Bauer
Apr 18, 2015 Stephen Bauer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The narrative is thrilling.
David Haines
Jun 21, 2014 David Haines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book that gives a real sense of what the Continental Army endured while fighting the British.
James Violand
Jan 09, 2014 James Violand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Americans
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Another book about the hardest time for the Continental Army in Revolutionary America. A good read.
Yvonne Carter
Jan 05, 2013 Yvonne Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Ketchum is a very thorough writer when it come to the American Revolution. Very moving story about Washington crossing the Delaware River and battles at Trenton and Princeton
Apr 11, 2014 Colleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Liked the first had sources that were used. Gave a clear picture of all the forces at work and a feeling for the viewpoints of the loyalists, rebels, hessians, etc
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