The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution Hardcover – Dec 1 2010
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From the Inside Flap
It is the spring of 1776 and American is jubilant at having driven the British out of Boston. But now it faces the threat of brutal retaliation that could destroy any chance of victory.
As the year draws to a close, Britain's army is massed, well-trained, and ready to pounce; America's forces are small, untrained, and unruly. George Washington, who has little real experience with a threat of this magnitude, is unanimously chosen as commander in chief in hopes that he can unite the ragtag Continental army. As the British begin their invasion of New York City and its environs, George Washington isn't the only one with doubts that he, and the country he leads, can succeed against such overwhelming odds.
In this breathtaking account of a pivotal time in the American Revolution, two-time Newbery Honor Book author Jim Murphy allows us to experience George Washington's transformation from an indecisive leader into a brilliant and confident commander as he delivers the country from the blackest of times --- into the brightest of futures. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Though I've read these historical accounts numerous times, I really admire the way Jim Murphy showed General Washington's choices he made during the various wars that plagued our country after our Independence Day on July 4th, 1776. I liked being able to see and understand why Washington made the choices he did and seeing how they impacted each fight. It's still amazing to me how George Washington and his often times run down armies stood bravely at the fore fronts of opposition and won.
The Crossing is a fabulous book for any fan of history. It's a book that focuses on a few different aspects of the war, but gives great insights into George Washington's strategy. I think this is a fantastic book for not only teachers, but to have at home.
The decisive battle that turned the tide of the war, in favor of the Continental army took place after Washington crossed the Delaware river in the middle of the night. The Crossing is an excellent historical retelling of the beginning of the American Revolution. It is full of maps, pictures, and even gives a description of the famous painting on the cover by Emmanuel Gottlieb Leutze.
If you want to know the true story of the beginning of the American Revolution told in eloquent, simplified text you need to check out The Crossing. The American army was truly the underdog in this war with the British and it makes you understand the significant odds that Washington was up against. The Crossing contains an extensive travel guide to sites of the Revolution, an index, a timeline and a list of books to continue to feed your inquisitive mind. I found the book to be informative and fascinating. Of course, as a history teacher I am a bit biased.
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