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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,316 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Hackett Fischer Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN: 9781449813192
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This 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner elaborates on the little-known turning point in the Revolutionary War, a crucial battle at Trenton in 1776 when Washington's American forces withstood a counterattack by Cornwallis's army. An American Library Association No Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fischer has devised a storytelling technique that combines old and new methods in a winning way…riveting.”

    New York Times

  • “Superb…History at its best, fascinating in its details, magisterial in its sweep.”

    Boston Globe

  • “An impeccably researched, brilliantly executed military history…Fischer’s perceptive discussion of the strategic, operational, and tactical factors involved is by itself worth the book’s purchase…He demonstrates mastery of the character of the American, British, and Hessian armies.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Nelson Runger’s performance is much in accord with Washington himself: controlled, authoritative, and clear.”

    AudioFile

  • “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, Fischer’s work will also draw those who want to know more about the historical reality behind a celebrated image.”

    Booklist

  • “This is Fischer’s strong suit: he tells stories and gives details that bring history alive…In the hands of such a thorough researcher and talented writer, this is powerful stuff.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A lively reconstruction of the Continental Army’s finest strategic hour…A superb addition to the literature of the Revolution, by one of the best chroniclers in the business.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for History
  • Winner of the 2005 Ambassador Book Award for American Studies
  • A 2004 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2004 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 2004 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bap | 2/18/2014

    " George Washington should have lost his army at least three times in the battles of Long Island, the retreat to Manhatten and then out of New York. He was out generaled, defeated but he kept the army intact and was able to recover and cross the delaware and defeat the British and the hessians soundly. Read tis book and you will, as I did, gain new respect for George Washington. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis Griggs | 2/13/2014

    " Best history author ever. I look forward to more books from him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 2/12/2014

    " It's interesting to read a historian who is deliberately trying to undo the Howard Zinn tradition and go back to playing stars and stripes on every page. The problem is, I've become too cynical to buy it. Also, this was more about the war in general than Washington's crossing in particular, which gets relatively few pages. Sort of like watching Blair Witch and hoping it's mostly about the witch, and it's totally not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spenser | 2/8/2014

    " Really specific and detailed account of one of the most crucial times in the Revolutionary War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/3/2014

    " Detailed story of the people and events leading up to the battle of Trenton. The pacing gets annoying at times, but overall a worthwhile read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lora Innes | 1/26/2014

    " One of the greatest books on the American Revolution that I've read. Fischer paints Washington as both man and hero, and contrasts leadership styles of the three armies who fought at Princeton and Trenton: the American, British and German Hessians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shincrackerfarm | 1/25/2014

    " One of the best-written, best-documented, best researched books I've every read! I have fished for striped bass and shad in waters crossed by Washington in his purloined and borrowed bateaus. Highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 1/14/2014

    " Fascinating account. Fair amount of details but also brings in the big picture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 1/4/2014

    " Really detailed account of Trenton and Princeton battles. Great prospective of the Hessian forces. Really enjoyed the read. Great storyteller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Buster | 11/2/2013

    " Great book and fascinating read. It reminds of how great Washington was as a man but also shows his imperfections but willingness to learn. And it reminds us of the greatness of America. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve Stegman | 10/18/2013

    " I just could not get into this book. Pace was very slow and the detail was just too much to my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.E. | 6/15/2012

    " Good but not as good as I had hoped. There was a lot more about general RevWar leading up to than expected (good) but felt as if perhaps the last chapter or two was a bit rushed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Clark | 5/31/2012

    " David Fischer does an exceptional of capturing the complexity and uncertainty of one the most pivotal moments in American History. He conveys this historic moment with clarity and depth. It is as entertaining as academic Revolutionary American history gets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/14/2012

    " National Book Award winner and well deserved "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Cheeseman | 8/17/2011

    " Great detail....I learned something on every page. The Battle of New Jersey is a little known but important facet of our history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rowdy | 8/7/2011

    " Entertaining and insightful account of the Revolutionary War in its beginnings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Massey | 7/8/2011

    " This book paints an amazing picture of the revolutionary war. While George Washington is painted as sometimes painfully human, you end the book with a new kind of respect for who this man was and what he stood for. You also get a sense for just how unlikely victory was in our revolutionary war. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Faith | 6/21/2011

    " This book was very informative. I learned a lot about the early battles of the American Revolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 5/8/2011

    " Author uses a lot of recent sources. You also learn of the war from different perspectives including German and British. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S | 4/17/2011

    " One of the "Pivotal Moments in American History" series. Absolutely fascinating, even if you don't find military history very engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spenser | 3/19/2011

    " Really specific and detailed account of one of the most crucial times in the Revolutionary War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 2/12/2011

    " Great account of the British arriving in NY harbor and chasing Washington into NJ. Washington turns things around in NJ. Very interesting to read. Not your boring history text. It makes you want to go out and visit the places where the battles happened. Highly Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mackay | 12/9/2010

    " A good study of one of two or three critical turning points in the Revolutionary War, but I think it was better covered, and better analyzed, in James Thomas Flexner's four-volume biography of Washington. "

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About the Author
Author David Hackett Fischer

David Hackett Fischer is University Professor and Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. The recipient of many prizes and awards for his teaching and writing, he is the also author of numerous books, including Washington's Crossing, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history.

About the Narrator

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.