Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History)
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A rare and impressive example of a modern academic doing military history, and doing it well.
Yet clearly part of the reason Fischer wrote this book was to provide a kind of on-the-ground justification for his earlier work of social and cultural history, "Albion's Seed," where he discovered four major "folkways" in America which he thought descended from four separate waves of migration. Sure enough, he finds similar divisions here, such as that between the "ordered liberty" of the New England re...more
Mr. Fischer's book will be loved among military history buffs. After starting th...more
Fischer is not averse to crediting great individuals--in the current instance great men--with outsize impact on history. Washington looms large, and much emphasis is given to his growth and d...more
Joe Ellis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of FOUNDING BROTHERS, heaped scores of praise on WASHINGTON'S CROSSING in the New York...more
Fischer had many good insights about what changed the momentum of the War, including many little known things such as a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine at the lowest point. The character and philosophies of the Nation was sti...more
Like most history lovers, I think I have neglected the actual nuts and bolts of this war. So much has been written (and rightfully so) about the towering personalities and characters of the Founding Fathers, but often times the obstacles facing the milita and soldiers in the trenches battling eac...more
Washington's Crossing moves from myth to history by offering a convincing corrective to Leutze's painting. (Washington really did stand in the boat, since it was filled with ankle-deep water, but the crossing occurred at night. Nor were the Hessians drunk.) By framing "the fog of war, the chaos and confusion" of the crossing within its largest context--that of America's revolutionary struggle--Fischer interprets this event as a strategic, rather than merely symbolic or psychological, triumph (Ne...more
It reads like a story, yet every fact is documented. There are historical drawings showing uniforms and encampments, and maps that show not only troop movements, but small towns...more
This book takes those fifteen pages and expands it to a couple hundred pages. The level of detail is extraordinary, and Fischer does this without sacrificing readability.
Political and military history buffs both will enjoy the book very much.
This is a wonderful narrative by David Hackett Fischer, who details the saga of George Washington's army from the disaster of New York City to the amazing triumphs in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania campaign of late 1776 and early 1777. Along the way, we...more
This book has a number of advantages, particularly the author's emphasis on how Enlightenment philosophy influenced the various participants in the revolution. This is the first book I...more
An interesting point of the crossing itself goes into each of the folks in the painting, and some interesting factoids on each of them.
If you are looking for an engaging book with plenty of historical information from thi...more
Washington's Crossing is devoted to an in-depth look at the New Jersey campaign of the winter of 1776-1777. However, Fischer doesn't just dump y...more