• George Washington's Surprise Attack

  • A New Look at the Battle that Decided the Fate of America
  • By: Phillip Thomas Tucker
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 27 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-14-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 2.2 (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Like many historical events, the American Revolution is sometimes overlooked, ignored, or minimized by historians due to being shrouded in romantic myth and stubborn stereotypes. Here historian Phillip Thomas Tucker provides an in-depth look at the events of the Battle of Trenton, weeding out fiction and legend and presenting new insights and analysis. Stories from many forgotten individuals of the war, including officers and soldiers from both sides, bring to life the Continental army’s desperate circumstances and shocking victory. Myths that Tucker debunks include the Hessians’ slovenly drunkenness, Washington acting alone in creating the attack strategy, and Rall’s incompetence as a leader contributing widely to his troops’ defeat.
By exploring the forgotten aspects of one of America’s most famous battles, Trenton’s story proves to be even more revealing and fascinating. In the end, America’s founding was nothing short of miraculous, and no chapter of America’s story was more miraculous than Washington’s improbable success at the battle of Trenton, where America’s fate was decided to almost everyone’s amazement on a dark, snowy morning.
©2014 Phillip Thomas Tucker (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Barry on 05-10-14

Unbearably Tedious

What disappointed you about George Washington's Surprise Attack?

Washington's Crossing is one of the most exciting stories in American history. This book contains nuggets of insight that get buried under mind-numbing repetition.

Not only does the author restate his key points again and again, there are entire sentences that are restated again and again! I have to wonder if there was an editor working on the final copy.

Here is an example. Early on, the author states that the Battle Of Trenton is the first example of urban warfare in the Revolution. Interesting point! The phrase "urban warfare" is then repeated more than 50 times! Imagine a book on D-Day constantly reminding you that the battle took place on a beach. We got it. move on.

A second example: In one chapter, he mentions 16 times that John Stark - a great hero - was "Scots-Irish." The problem is that Stark was born in America. While his background is Scotch/Irish, after mentioning it once, what is its importance? Would a book on the preparations for D-Day mention that Patton was Scotch/Irish 16 times?

Additionally, in creating a picture of the battle, the author provides a confusing narrative. Again and again he reiterates how many bodies were left on the streets, how much blood flowed in Trenton. He describes "killing fields" and deadly close in attacks that left the town littered with bodies. And then at the end, he mentions the total number of Hessians killed in combat was 22.

There are several other books written about the Battle Of Trenton. Choose one of them!

Has George Washington's Surprise Attack turned you off from other books in this genre?

It has turned me off to other books by this author.

What aspect of Dennis Holland’s performance would you have changed?

It is more the fault of a droning and repetitive narrative. I suppose Holland did the best he could with the material before him.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Honestly, for all the fresh insights on this book, ones not covered by other authors, it could have been a long magazine article.

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By Sherman on 12-29-17

Worst Audio Book I have ever bought

What disappointed you about George Washington's Surprise Attack?

Writer OVER Explains and repeatedly explains things with repetitive use of adjectives. If you tell me once that the Marblehead Regiments are comprised of Fisherman with great seamanship skills I got it. You do not have explain who they are EVERY sentence you mention them-especially in the same paragraph!!!! Narrator reads this like its a Greeting Card. In this way the book is just a collection of sentences that feel unrelated to the next. It destroys the narrative of the book. How do these AWFUL narrators even get gigs? I do think the author of a work is probably a better choice to read if possible since he knows the cadence and meter of his own work

If you do buy this book, SKIP the 33 minute introduction which simply repeats the same idea over and over (The egalitarian ideals of America rest on Washington and his rough hewn band of farmer-soldiers and their improbable victory at Trenton x 100 times). Im not kidding here. One thought repeated for 33 minutes. Not expanded - not detailed just repeated like a 6th grader trying to meet a word count requirement in an essay. I almost wondered if the author thought his audience so dim witted that we him to repeat an idea Ad Nauseam so we can grasp it? I finally had to stop the book and delete it.

Has George Washington's Surprise Attack turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, this is my favorite topic.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dennis Holland?

ANYONE! He is absolutely terrible. Combine his "sound bite" diction of single sentences with the authors excessive and repeated use of adjectives and this audio book drove me to stop and delete the file and take the monetary loss.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Shock that this book was published and that the narrator makes a living at this!

Any additional comments?

DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!

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