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Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer
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Sep 26, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, history, 18th-century, revolutionary-war
Recommended for: Americans and historians
Read in September, 2007

By Christmas Day 1776, the Revolutionary War looked like it was already over. Ninety percent of the troops had gone home. The British and the Hessians had won every major battle. The way Washington turned that around saved the cause of independence. That turn around is the focus of this book. Don't be put off by the size. There's a huge appendix at the end, complete with order of battle and bibliography. It reads much faster than it looks. I liked that the maps and the portraits are scattered throughout the book, rather than stuck on just a few pages in the beginning or middle, as seems to be popular now. Especially once the action started, I would turn a couple of pages back to the map so I could refer to that and understand what was going on. Well written, great subject, extensively researched. Highly recommended.

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