Washington's Crossing

  • by David Hackett Fischer
  • Narrated by Nelson Runger
  • 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, History, 2005
This New York Times best seller is a thrilling account of one of the most pivotal moments in United States history. Six months after the Declaration of Independence, America was nearly defeated. Then on Christmas night, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River to destroy the Hessians at Trenton. A week later Americans held off a counterattack, and in a brilliant tactical move, Washington crept behind the British army to win another victory. The momentum had reversed.
The “Pivotal Moments in American History” series seeks to unite the old and the new history, combining the insights and techniques of recent historiography with the power of traditional narrative. Each title has a strong narrative arc with drama, irony, suspense, and – most importantly – great characters who embody the human dimension of historical events. The general editors of “Pivotal Moments” are not just historians; they are popular writers themselves, and, in two cases, Pulitzer Prize winners: David Hackett Fischer, James M. McPherson, and David Greenberg. We hope you like your American History served up with verve, wit, and an eye for the telling detail!


Audible Editor Reviews

Why You Should Download This Audiobook: Many of us know Washington's river crossing simply as an image. David Hackett Fischer brings the image to life, exploring this iconic moment in American history with great insight and enthusiasm, so that we understand its importance to the events Washington was confronting at the time and its influence in inspiring the nascent republic from that moment on.


What the Critics Say

Pulitzer Prize Winner, History, 2005
"An impeccably researched, brilliantly executed military history." (Publishers Weekly)
"An eminent, readable historian, Fischer here delivers an outstanding analytical narrative....Fischer's exhaustive research, right down to the Americans' collection of supplies, captures the utter precariousness of the Americans' situation. A must-read for military history fans." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Particularly Good Military History

This is an excellent book for both the military historian and Revolutionary War buff. The author does an excellent job telling the untold story of the events of late 1776 through 1777, shattering popular beliefs about what happened leading up to, and immediately following the attack at Trenton. If you're interested in New Jersey history you will find this work particularly appealing, as it chronicles most of the engagements fought here during the revolution.
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- William


The author in this book does a great job of making the individual soldiers and leaders of the time come to life. The anecdotes the author uses, mostly or all from primary sources, make the people involved in the military campaign in New Jersey seem frighteningly like people you might meet today. It's a remarkable story, made all the more so by the author's narrative style, which is easy to follow, and doesn't assume much about your background knowledge of the era. This is far, far better than the hackneyed stuff of grade school textbooks.
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- Kevin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books