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Washington's crossing

Auteur: David Hackett Fischer
Uitgever: Oxford, England ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Serie: Pivotal moments in American history.
Editie/Formaat:   Boek : EngelsAlle edities en materiaalsoorten bekijken.
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"Six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. A powerful British force had routed the Americans at New York, occupied three colonies, and advanced within sight of Philadelphia. Yet George Washington, and many other Americans, refused to let the Revolution die. On Christmas night, as a howling nor'easter struck the Delaware Valley, he led his men across the river and  Meer lezen...
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Genoemd persoon: George Washington
Soort document: Boek
Alle auteurs / medewerkers: David Hackett Fischer
ISBN: 0195170342 9780195170344
OCLC-nummer: 53075605
Onderscheidingen: Pulitzer Prize, History, 2005.
Beschrijving: x, 564 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Inhoud: Three armies in America --
A cataract of disaster --
The pivot point --
The crossing --
Risking it all --
The boldest stroke.
Serietitel: Pivotal moments in American history.
Verantwoordelijkheid: David Hackett Fischer.

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In a dramatic and colorful narrative of a pivotal moment in American history, we see how the campaign developed in a web of hard choices by many actors on both sides of the Delaware. 91 halftones,15  Meer lezen...

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

 
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Well-written, pro-American historical account

door vleighton (Gepubliceerd door gebruiker WorldCat 2007-01-20) Heel goed Permalink
This text of this book is about the crossing of the Delaware and the two battles of Trenton and the battle of Princeton. The subtext, however, is that George Washington was an exemplar of current management fashions. His army was a Learning Organization, where the commander-in-chief listened to his subordinates...
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