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Washington's Crossing - (Pivotal Moments in American History (Oxford)) by David Hackett Fischer

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Number of Pages: 564

Genre: History

Series Title: Pivotal Moments in American History (Oxford)

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Author: David Hackett Fischer

Language: English

Street Date: February 1, 2006
TCIN: 77777931
UPC: 9780195181593
Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-6774

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"A meticulous and brilliantly colored account of the period surrounding George Washington's famous sally across the Delaware river in 1776." --Wall Street Journal


"Fisher's thoughtful account describes how Washington, in a frantic, desparate month, turned his collection of troops into a professional force, not by emulating Europeans but by coming up with a model that was distinctly American." --The New Yorker


"History at its best, fascinating in its details, magisterial in its sweep." --Boston Globe


"Perhaps most valuable is Fischer's portrait of Washington. Instead of presenting the Napoleonic hero of the painting, he shows a proud youth who evolved into a humble democratic leader." --Newsweek


"Fischer...describes in moving detail the military campaign of 1776-1777 and the British, German and American soldiers who fought it. As in the familiar 1850 painting by Emmanuel Leutze that inspired Fischer's title, Washington stands firmly at the book's center. His actions as commander of the American army were pivotal for both his future and that of the fledgling American republic." --Washington Post Book World


"A model of modern historical writing." --National Review


"A highly realistic and wonderfully readable narrative... Fischer's ability to combine the panoramic with the palpable is unparalleled in giving us a glimpse of what warfare back then was really like." --The New York Times Book Review


"A tale told with gusto, punctuated by finely rendered accounts of battles and tactics... Helps us understand anew a great American icon." --Los Angeles Times Book Review


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